Thanks to everyone for your supportive comments, both here and on my mom’s blog. After the bad news, I laid low the rest of Tuesday and all of Wednesday. Then I started working again because soon enough I’ll have to miss more time once this miscarriage gets going full force.
Now if only I knew when that might be.
I’ve stopped taking the progesterone they prescribed, but it hasn’t made a difference yet. I’ve gone ahead and called my OB about scheduling a D&C because I’d really love for all of this to be started before Mom leaves on the 9th. It’s not that Tim can’t take care of me. But it would be lovely if he had some backup. Right now, I’m waiting to hear back.
I’m not thrilled by the prospect of yet more scraping o’ the uterus. I’d love to avoid it. But I feel more strongly about the pure uncertainty of when things would happen on their own. As it is, my body’s been trying to miscarry for two weeks. Some women wait a month or more — and even then may still need medical intervention. So I want to get the sucker scheduled and then hope and pray things happen naturally before then.
To wit, I looked up information on inducing miscarriages naturally. There are a lot of websites to be had, but few of them are obviously reputable. I don’t know what I was expecting, exactly, but not that. It’s hard to tell how much stock you can put in any random holistic site, for example. And I’m definitely not basing my efforts on information from Yahoo voices.
So I visited several sites and found the ones that were repeated the most. Then I weeded (har har) out things like pennyroyal and black or blue cohosh. The reason being that, as the sites noted, these are toxic in the wrong quantities. What the sites failed to note was what those quantities might be.
The safest and most repeated suggestion has been vitamin C. As long as you stay under 6,000 mg a day, you’re fine. I should really find out how much orange juice that translates to.
Yeah, I think most of the sites had supplements in mind but OJ won out for two reasons. First, it’s tastier. Second, we have a bunch of concentrate sitting around. Besides pineapple was also mentioned, and they don’t make that in a pill form last I checked.
A few of the sites mention parsley specifically because it’s very high in vitamin C. But I think a glass of OJ is probably more C-rich than a bunch of parsley steeped in water and made into a tea. Besides which, blech.
My favorite suggestion came from a site hyping the aforementioned parsley tincture. The blogger has apparently used it three times successfully. But she also, er, inserts parsley sprigs, changing them every 12 hours.
I want this thing to happen naturally, but I am not putting parsley in my vagina. I don’t know why that’s the line, but it just is.
Well, that’s a lie. I know that part of it is the blogger’s note “When soft, it may be difficult to remove.” This whole thing is embarrassing and infuriating enough without having to ask my husband for a hand getting parsley out of my body.