Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

After my next delivery, if there is a next, I’m asking for a Dilation and Curettage (D&C) right away!

As I mentioned in my previous post this morning, I woke up with abdominal pain.  The same pain I experienced last week before I was admitted with a uterine infection.  On my way to the hospital this morning to see Nora I called my doctor and an appointment was made for me at 10:30 am for an ultrasound.

Lucky me, the ultrasound showed retained placental tissue, the obvious cause of my infection and pain.  The cure for such is to get the tissue out, so a D&C was scheduled immediately after my ultrasound.

The actual D&C procedure wasn’t bad at all, well, next to what I’ve already been through!  An IV was started and I was given some medication for pain, although I was awake during the procedure.  The procedure itself was quick, I’d say 15 minutes maybe. Thankfully my mom just happen to take today off to come see Nora, so she was able to push my wheelchair out of the procedure suite once I was finished.  Eric was in surgery, of course, where else would he be when I need him?!

I’m home now, resting.  I spent the afternoon in Nora’s room with my mom, she was able to hold her today!  I should be feeling better tomorrow.  I do have to pump and dump my milk for the next 24 hours because of the pain meds I was given, but if that’s the worst from today, I’ll take it.

Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers 🙂  Oh, and Nora is up to 3 lbs 6 oz now!

25 thoughts on “Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

  1. So wait, did they not check for retained placenta via ultrasound before you were admitted last time? Or did they just assume a uterine infection? Glad to hear they finally figured out the issue! And I love that your mom was finally able to hold Nora! Hope u have a relaxing night.


  2. Ugh what a pain! Wish they would have caught it last week. Just keep in mind, D&Cs can have uterine adhesions as a complication, which my RE thought may have been the cause of my miscarriages. So good when you need them, but not something you want to do if you don’t have to! I’m glad you had a good experience with yours. My first one was awake in a clinic and totally sucked. My next one was under anesthesia in the OR and much better :-).


    1. I was wondering if it would cause complications with future pregnancies… I’ll make sure to talk to my RE about it when the time comes. Thankfully the pain meds they gave me were great even though I was awake. The things we do for babies 🙂


      1. I think the risk of adhesions is minimal. I was just lucky ;-). Although I got pregnant with this baby before they removed it and she ended up breaking it between my 12 and 18 week ultrasounds 😉


  3. I’m also surprised they didn’t check for retained tissue last time, but so glad you got it figured out! Feel better!


  4. I’m glad to hear that Nora is putting on more weight!
    And I cannot believe you are still dealing with this stuff and had a D&C just now! I was reading your question about D&C’s causing future problems – scaring can happen which would cause future problems, but it’s not common until you’ve had 3. After 2 I had no scaring, but my RE cut me off at 2 D&C’s due to the increased risk. Also, if scaring occurs they can reverse most of it via another surgery.


  5. I am shocked they didn’t check for that last week when you went in. Glad they found out what it was so now can get feeling better. I bet your mom was in heaven today holding Nora! Glad to hear she is gaining weight, means she is getting stronger!!


    1. I asked why they didn’t do an ultrasound the first time… I was told in the vast majority of cases where tissue remains, it comes out on it’s own. I guess I’m the exception again! And yes, my mom was in heaven. It was so cute to watch them together 🙂


  6. Oh goodness! I hope you’re feeling better soon after the d&c and that you don’t have to deal with that any longer. That’s great that Nora is up to almost 3 1/2 pounds! 🙂


  7. With twins, you hve to have pitocin after you deliver #1 to keep things moving for #2. And it helps move everything out after the delivery is over. Perhaps you could request that next time? I am sure it would work the same!


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