I’ve been waiting to have a miscarriage since the moment I found out I was pregnant. I’ll be waiting to have a miscarriage from the moment I find out I’m pregnant in all of my future pregnancies too. Every time I go to the bathroom I check for blood. Every time I draw labs I brace myself for bad news. I don’t know what it’s like to go for an ultrasound and get good news. All I know is miscarriage so I’ll always be waiting to have my next miscarriage.
I’m waiting to have a miscarriage right now. I KNOW it’s going to happen…I just don’t know when. It’s not like I described above either. I don’t know it’s going to happen because it always happens. I know because I had an ultrasound last Thursday that confirmed it. I had an ultrasound that confirmed every fear since the moment I found out I was pregnant. This will be our 4th miscarriage and the Dr. tells me our chances of having a successful pregnancy in the future are pretty good. We have an 80% chance of having a successful pregnancy with our next pregnancy. Our next pregnancy has a 20% chance of miscarriage. That statistic is hard to believe when our personal rate of miscarriage is 100%.
We’ve now tried clomid, luteal phase progesterone, baby aspirin, acupuncture, Chinese medicine (herbal supplements), fertility massage, and the Whole 30 diet with no success. I’ve now realized that it doesn’t matter what I do…I’m either going to stay pregnant or have a miscarriage and it’s out of my control. It doesn’t matter if I eat a donut for breakfast every day or cut out sugar for 4 weeks. It doesn’t matter if I take herbal supplements that clear my acne and regulate my hormones. It doesn’t matter if I lie on a table with needles in my skin for 45 minutes. It doesn’t matter if I get a special fertility massage. I’ve realized that no matter what I do (or don’t do) it’s not going to influence whether or not I stay pregnant. Nothing matters. It doesn’t even matter how much I pray. I prayed and prayed and prayed to get pregnant in the 2 months before our planned IUI and my prayers were answered. I prayed and prayed and prayed to stay pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy and my prayers weren’t answered. I’ve realized that only God will determine whether we stay pregnant or have a miscarriage and there is nothing I can do to influence it.
But I still have to try. We’ve gotten pregnant 4 times in the past 22 months with only 11 months of actively trying (thanks to deployment, training, being pregnant, and post miscarriage recovery). We’re going to move forward with baby aspirin, luteal phase progesterone, and lovenox when I get a positive pregnancy test. I know it’s out of my control but I still have to try and I’ll still keep praying.
We’re also looking into IVF with PSG (in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic screening). We now have to decide how many more miscarriages we should endure before we throw in the towel and move onto IVF. Unfortunately there are still a lot of unknowns. We might stay pregnant the very next time we get pregnant or we might have 4 more miscarriages before we have a healthy pregnancy. There are no guarantees IVF will work. We might spend thousands of dollars and not get pregnant at all or we might get pregnant and still have a miscarriage.
I don’t know much, but I do know I’m going to have another miscarriage and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a lot worse than the last. My labs haven’t started falling yet and I haven’t started bleeding yet and that combination tells me it’s going to be a bad one. The longer I’m pregnant the more painful the miscarriage (physically). We’re giving it a week to happen on its own and then we’ll have to move on to medications to make it happen. In the meantime we’re going to try and figure out when the right time to move on to IVF will be.
When you’re waiting on a miscarriage…life must go on. Even though the teeny tiny little life inside of me is ending the rest of the world keeps on turning. The dog still needs walked. Babies still need delivered. Dinner still needs cooked. And while there are a lot more sad times, there’s still a lot of love and laughter because life goes on.
As always, prayers are always appreciated as we move forward with our fertility journey.
8 thoughts on “When You’re Waiting on a Miscarriage”
I am so very sorry you have had another miscarriage. I know there are no words of comfort I can offer you but I do want you to know I will continue to pray for you & your husband.
I do not understand. You are both so young & healthy & have done everything right. You are smart and educated. You have tried everything you can possibly try to get and stay pregnant.
It really makes me made to see people who really do not care about the health of themselves or their baby, have absolutely no trouble getting and staying pregnant.
I do know that GOD knows the desires of your heart & will grant you those desires in HIS time. I also know that when you do have a baby, this precious child of yours will be so loved and adored.
Thank you for sharing your heart. I have walked in your shoes and know the heart ache. It is OK to cry, scream, be angry. Whatever! You have been on an emotional roller coaster. Just know you are being thought of and prayed for. 💕
Thank you Cathy! You and the rest of our work family have been great!
I can’t imagine what you are going through. It is one of my personal fears to never become a mother. How much worse it must be to become a mother, but only for a few short weeks. I know its hard when we can’t see the Lords plan in the middle of the hurt, but here is what He says to YOU and your husband:
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
I will be praying for you guys.
Thank you Maria. I really appreciate it and will definitely look back on this when I’m having a rough day. Hope you are doing well!
Holding you both in my prayers.. … I have faith that you will be able to carry a baby to full term….
Grace and peace
Thank you Pastor Ben!
I’m so sorry, Courtney. My heart goes out to you and I will keep you in my prayers.
Thank you Abby! Prayers are always needed, wanted, and appreciated!