Signs of miscarriage usually go unnoticed unless accompanied by intense, weird pains. But did you know that one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage? And the biggest percentage of these miscarriages actually occur within the first six weeks of pregnancy without them actually realizing that they were already losing the pregnancy. Below is a blog about miscarriage and its signs written for us by a lady who experienced miscarriage herself.
Miscarriage: My Personal Experience
Most women will have an early miscarriage at around four or five weeks and not even be aware that it is happening. Only a woman charting her fertility signs and testing early may discover this.
But can these early miscarriages be prevented? Some can, some can’t.
If the miscarriage is due to hormone imbalance, then the answer might be yes. However, some miscarriages are nature’s way of taking care of a pregnancy that is not viable. The body sometimes knows when the embryo has a genetic defect or when the fertilized egg only makes an empty sac, called a blighted ovum. It’s like the body’s way of cleaning out what couldn’t survive.
As a mom who experienced a miscarriage myself, I know how painful and unfortunate it can be. I had a miscarriage in the past, and it helped to talk about it.
So, let me share to you some of the details and signs of miscarriage that I experienced back in 2005.
My husband and I hadn’t used birth control since early 1997. Before then, between my first and second babies, I was on the birth control pill.
I tried several brands and had a lot of problems, mood swings, and breakthrough bleeding to name a few. The month I stopped taking the pill, I had my first miscarriage. I knew it was because of the pill, which severely takes the natural reproductive hormones out of balance.
By the way, I have learned since then that the pill is actually an abortifacient, meaning it does not prevent pregnancy but ends it. So I have actually lost a number of babies.
My second miscarriage was between baby number two and baby number three. It was due to low progesterone.
My third miscarriage was either a genetic defect or a blighted ovum. Before this happened, I knew I was pregnant about one week after I ovulated. I started having strange food cravings, like craving French fries really bad.
My breasts were extremely sore. I tested positive at fifteen days post-ovulation. All the tests taken prior to that were negative.
But for some reason, I chose to keep quiet about my positive tests. In my other pregnancies, I ran out and blurted the good news to anyone who’d care to listen the minute I saw the second line on the pregnancy test. This time I was guarded, and with good reason.
How do I know if I’m miscarrying? One week after seeing some six positive tests (all different brands), my basal body temperature plummeted all of a sudden to below my cover line. Then, I started having cramps.
My doctor said to keep an eye on this as it was too early to prevent it. My hormones (progesterone) were fine, so obviously it was a blighted ovum or an embryo with a genetic defect.
Either way, the day after my basal dropped, I started bleeding. It was scary because it was as if my cervix opened up and all the blood came out within a two-hour time span and my pregnancy was over.
I didn’t allow myself to be sad. I had four children (who are begging for a baby brother) to tend to and they didn’t even know their little sibling didn’t make it.
We had an ectopic scare with this miscarriage and after a flying trip to my doctor and some blood tests, he determined that I had a complete miscarriage on that first day of bleeding. Thankfully, it wasn’t in the tube. I never thought I’d be happy to hear that my quantitative hCG was at zero, but I was.
Sadness hit me about two weeks later, but I dealt with it. On the good news front, my doctor gave me the green light to try again.
If you’ve had a miscarriage, please know you are not alone in this. And if you’re currently pregnant and you noticed some weird symptoms that could be signs of miscarriage, please seek help from your physician. We cannot tell for sure how a miscarriage starts. But what we can tell is that some miscarriages can be prevented and some can’t.
Since so many pregnancies end due to low progesterone, we have come to realize that progesterone supplementation is safe to use from ovulation until you are sure you are not pregnant. Better safe than sorry, especially since progesterone USP preparations such as Fertile Balance, an organic progesterone cream are healthful to a baby, not harmful.
Also, it helps a lot to have a good support group when this happens to you. There are many good forums online that deal with miscarriages and the trials and tribulations of trying to conceive.
You may also want to read more of our blogs about fertility, especially natural progesterone creams like our PMS Balance Cream that may help in regulating your menstrual cycle in preparation for a possible pregnancy. You can also send us an email so we can help you too.
Have you experienced a miscarriage in the past? How did you prepare yourself and your body for your next pregnancy? Share with us your story in the comments box below!