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How long does it take to go through a miscarriage?

My husband and I found out on Monday that we have a "blighted ovum." My egg was fertilized and attached itself to my uterus, but an embryo never grew. I've thought I was pregnant since September. My HCG levels were normal and on track because my sac was growing. I started bleeding a couple of weeks ago and it's finally getting heavier. I know it can take up to even two more weeks and then I will continue to bleed after the tissue passes. I don't know what to expect. I'm scared to go to the bathroom anywhere but my own home. I would hate to lose it in an uncomfortable setting, I fear it may be traumatic. We have a six month old baby and she is perfectly healthy without any problems during the pregnancy. We're confident about future pregnancies but my concern is right now. Again, I just don't know what to expect. I didn't think this would ever happen to me.

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Asked by MommyToMarsae at 10:25 PM on Dec. 4, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • I had an early miscarriage last December, and took about 3.5 weeks for the bleeding to stop, and a couple more for my HcG levels to go below 5. I did pass a couple rubbery clots about halfway through.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I know this has got to be hard with the holidays around the corner. You're in my thoughts

    Answer by lovepotato at 10:34 PM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • First let me say how very sorry I am that you lost your baby. I had a miscarriage myself and I know what you are feeling.

    I had my miscarriage May 2005. It did not take weeks to miscarry, it was about 3 days. I carried the baby to 8 weeks but sadly it grew only to 6 weeks. I did not have to have a D&C, thankfully and we later went on to conceive and give birth to a happy and healthy baby boy who will be 4 in February.

    As far as being able to leave the house, there was no way I could of left the house. I don't feel real comfortable giving the full detalis here but you can pm me if hearing more about my experience would make you feel more prepared.

    Answer by CaseyErin at 10:34 PM on Dec. 4, 2009

  • I am sorry you are having to go through this.

    My best friend and I were so excited in June to find out that we would be pregnant together. In July for her first ultrasound she was given the same news, she had a fertillized egg and a sac but no fetus growing inside. It devistated her. It took her about 2 weeks to start passing tissue but she ended up having a D&C done to remove the remaining tissue and she still bled afterward and was in some minor pain from the procedure.

    Again, I am sorry for your loss and wish you and your husband the best of luck and condolences.

    Answer by spcjones_83 at 12:08 AM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • I guess I wonder why it takes so long? It seems that other miscarriages that are not a blighted ovum are quick, but come with pain. I have had light "period like" cramps, but nothing horrible. A lot of bleeding and a lot of small pieces of tissue. I keep wondering... almost hoping... when I will see the whole sac pass. Why did she have to get a D & C? My doctor told me it usually happens naturally but I fear if I keep passing only small pieces, it will result in the same thing. He also said because it happens naturally I will not need a check up. But, if I get an infection, that could damage or even prevent a future pregnancy, couldn't it? All angles seem horrible!

    Answer by MommyToMarsae at 12:26 AM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • So. Wow. It happened... I passed a golf ball sized clot at about 6:30pm. I started bleeding so much I filled three pads or so. Tonight was supposed to be my husband's Christmas Dinner. Before we left for the dinner I passed another clot that was larger than before. I bled through about 2 more pads. I'm talking overnight pads. I passed one more really large clot in the bathroom of the restaurant. I tried to sit through the dinner while I had excruciating pain... what felt like contractions. I finally couldn't take it anymore and we drove towards the hospital. We got a hold of the Dr on call before we went straight to the Emergency Room. She said the things I was describing can happen and she wouldn't be concerned until I took some ibuprofen to calm the pain. If the severe bleeding and pain continued another hour (this was all about an hour and a half), then to call again... I'm exhausted. I'll be resting for a while, I think.

    Answer by MommyToMarsae at 10:51 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • I've heard of women who have had miscarriages saying it felt like labor. I'm so sorry this is happeniing but I hope the worst is over.

    Answer by lovepotato at 11:24 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

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