I am so grateful for all of the posts on this site. I promised I would relate my experience as soon as I could. I am sorry this is lengthy, but I found so much help in descriptive posts, so I hope this serves a similar purpose for someone else.
I began light spotting at 9 weeks. My wonderful OB practice brought me in immediately for a dating scan. The baby only measured 6w1d and lacked a heartbeat. The nurses were hopeful that my dates were incorrect (sadly, I knew they were not), and they scheduled me for a follow-up scan in one week. The follow-up scan revealed no growth, nor a heartbeat. The doctor explained my three options: wait it out, Misoprotol, or a D&C. As my body had yet to fully realize what had happened (other than the light spotting, which had subsided), I elected to take the Misoprotol. This was not a light decision; I struggled with it, as I was petrified of how it would make me feel. However, as this was my first pregnancy, and consequently, my first missed miscarriage, I was worried that if I have future issues with pregnancy, I might need a D&C later. But please remember, this is a personal choice, and my line of reasoning might not work for everyone.
Should you choose to take Misoprostol (or Cytotec), here is my experience: Inserted 4 200mg pills v____ally at 8:00 pm on a Wednesday. Not as difficult as I thought. I wisely trimmed my fingernail as low as possible, and I lightly wet the pills. Not sure if this helped, but others have recommended it. I immediately shuffled off to the couch and propped my legs up. I did not want the pills to slip out. I managed to rest there for about 2 hours before having to use the bathroom, despite drinking watered down Gatorade. Through these two hours, I felt light cramping, backaches, and chills. It was a hot and humid August night, and I was shivering under a blanket and asking my husband to turn off the AC. Poor guy.
The first bathroom break brought only a small amount of red blood when wiping, but it was enough that I believed the process had begun. It had; subsequent bathroom breaks contained lots of blood. It streamed out, similar to urinating. I continued to walk around the house, and I found that this not only reduced the strong pain of cramps/contractions, but it also increased the amount of blood.
Around 12:00 am, I pa__sed the first of a huge clot. It was about the size of a lemon, and this was followed by many more on additional bathroom breaks. The second clot was about the size of a ping pong ball, and I believe it was the sac (at least I like to tell myself this, so I can have hope that I saw it).
I went to bed at 2:00 am, and I continued to bleed heavily and pa__s large clots. I highly recommend layering your bed with towels; I thought I would immediately wake up if I was leaking, but I managed to leak through three times. I overfilled a large pad every 90 minutes. I also found myself getting ligthheaded after each nighttime bathroom visit, so my wonderful husband got me a gla__s of juice each time.
Upon waking up Thursday morning, I was still filling a pad almost every hour. I planned to shower around 11:00 am (sitting down, and with my husband supervising), but when I got up, I could barely make it to the kitchen. I rested on the cool countertop, and as I finally thought I had enough strength to move to the bathroom to go again, I sank to the floor. I was suddenly hot and covered in cold sweat. I stayed there for about 10 minutes, sipped on some Gatorade, and finally had enough energy to make it to the bathroom. After using the bathroom, my husband put a towel and pillow in there, and I rested in there until I was able to make it to the kitchen and then the living room. I tried to eat some soup and drink more Gatorade. The bleeding started to subside around this time, and I was able to take a shower and nap around 2:00 pm. After my nap, everything was better. I was still very weak, but I could walk again. The bleeding continued to lessen, and I was able to sleep through the night.
I took it easy on Friday, but I pushed myself too hard on Saturday and Sunday (I needed to get out of the house, so we went furniture shopping). The bleeding wasn’t an issue, but the energy loss was. I would say it took me a full week to recover from the exhaustion/blood loss. I still haven’t been back on my treadmill, as just walking up the stairs can be tiring.
I had a follow-up ultrasound 8 days after initially taking the Misoprotol. The scan showed I had cleared the sac and the placenta. The doctor advised me I would still bleed for about a week. This has continued, but is very light (I barely need a panty liner).
I am fortunate that my body seemed to work with the Misoprostol. Reading the various message boards on the internet frightened me, but it also prepared me. My medical practice does not usually prescribe pain medication, but they did when I asked. I got Ibuprofin 800, Vicodin, and nausea medicine. I did not end up taking any of these, although I probably could have. The worst pain was pretty rough, but I just kept breathing, walking around, and telling myself it was only a wave.
I also was armed with two heating pads, watered down Gatorade, towels on my bed, changes of clothes in the bathroom, extra toilet paper rolls, Lysol wipes next to the toilet, plenty of pads, a throw-up bucket (never needed), and a support system (husband and mom). We also had plenty of DVRed television shows to watch. I had hoped to get some ironing done (ha!), but I found that mindless distraction was much better.
Before I began the process, I typed up a medical information sheet for my husband and mom, should I pa__s out. It listed my doctor’s number, the information about the Misoprostol, known allergies, my blood type, other medical conditions, etc. I figured that if anything happened and I couldn’t communicate properly, I wanted my husband armed with as much information as possible. We did not end up needing it, but for those women who do pa__s out and need to go to the hospital, this might be helpful.
I am only 11 days out from my experience, so I do not know when I should expect my bleeding to stop, when I should expect my first post-miscarriage menstrual cycle, and when we might start thinking about going down this road again. If I learn anything new that might benefit someone else, I will post again.
My thoughts are with all of you reading this. We are strong, and our sweet babies will always be in our hearts and souls.