What does miscarriage look like?

(7 Posts)
escorpion Wed 24-Jul-13 17:38:44

I had a scan last night, embryo had only grown 3mm in 10 days (only 4mm) diagnosed with brachycardia and irregular amniotic membrane. I was told the prognosis not good. I started bleeding period type blood two days ago and had been spotting blood for a week before. Just now after getting out the bath, I had more blood on wipe and then when I sat on the toilet a clot plopped out. I recovered it (TMI sorry) and it is like a hard jelly type clot about the size of a 10p. What could this be? Is it the start of the miscarriage? Sorry for my rambling but I had a D&C last time so I have no idea what to expect. I have had no real pain as yet. Would be grateful for advice/ideas.

CamomileHoneyVanilla Wed 24-Jul-13 19:03:59

Very very sorry for your loss.

I've had two miscarriages - both naturally and I was aware when I passed the sac. Despite this I'm finding it really hard to answer your question for some reason. I think I must've blocked it out or something. Hopefully someone more competent will be along shortly.

It was ok though. Make sure you've got in heavy flow pads, painkillers (just in case, though it doesn't always hurt), and possibly ice cream. Board/card games with DH was also good for taking mind off it. Its too easy to zone out the TV or be reminded by argos adverts/Royal baby news and the like.

There are some good threads on here... I'll try and track down the one I found particularly helpful and link it.

Hugs x

CamomileHoneyVanilla Wed 24-Jul-13 19:07:08

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/miscarriage/a1344311-Tips-for-coping-with-the-practicalities-of-miscarriage

Here it is.

sugarandspite Wed 24-Jul-13 19:14:40

Well escorpion its not looking good. I'm so sorry.

The hadd jelly thing sounds like a bloodclot. Depending upon how far along you are, you may pass quite a lot of pretty big ones like tangerine size. The thing that I learned is that if it is what the hospital calls products of conception (ie sac / placental tissue / baby) then it will tend to look grey ish, a bit like cooked liver.

I bled lots with my m/c. Quite a lot of pain with the first (10wks) not as much with the second (12wks).

If I could give you two pieces of advice it would be 1) take plenty of painkillers. Paracetamol won't hurt a viable pregnancy and if things are clearly going wrong, codeine is great. Ibuprofen apparently encourages bleeding so avoid.
2) don't try to be too brave. If the pain gets bad or the bleeding heavy, get to a&e and be looked after. I've had to go in both times and each time they are amazed and cross with me for leaving it so long.

Hugs

sugarandspite Wed 24-Jul-13 19:17:36

Also, if you have the heart to do so, if you keep any products that you pass and take them to the hospital, they should be able to get the lab to have a look and tell you if they look ok or abnormal. Assuming this is your second (?) m/c they won't do chromosomal tests but he visual info may be helpful.

escorpion Wed 24-Jul-13 19:44:25

Thanks for all your advice and help so far, I will be keeping an eye on things x

Monkeybrain10 Wed 24-Jul-13 22:53:05

Hi escorpion.so sorry u r going through this. It sounds like many people have different levels of bleeding etc...presumably depends on how far along u are.
I was 9.5wks and it started with a few hours of cramping (like moderate period pain). The bleeding was initially like a light period. But then c.12 hours later i had a huge bleed with lots of large clots. I'm talking what felt like bucket loads of bright red blood. Some of the clots were as large as my clenched fist. I was overflowing sometimes in minutes....at this point definitely go to the epu/a&e or call your dr who will tell u what to do. My bleeding eased up for a few hours then started up again...it went on like that for a few days. Basically i was housebound so be prepared for that. Sorry if tmi but i wish someone had warned me...i had to trt v hard not to panic...but strangely didn't actually feel ill whilst it was going on ( but afterwards was wrecked!). I think u just go into survival mode. I kept wondering how it was possible to lose so much blood and still be ok but apparently when u r pregnant u have more blood circulating than normal.
Hope that helps in some way. flowers

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