A brief post about my miscarriage last year

TW: miscarriage

I thought it would be good to write very briefly about my miscarriage last summer.

I wasn’t going to write about it here but with the news I have coming later I feel like it would be wrong to miss out a chapter – Prettygreentea has been my online diary of sorts for around 15 ish years now.

Anyway, yes, last year just before the start of summer I was pregnant but had a miscarriage at around 10 weeks. It was very upsetting and not something I’d experienced before.

I was shocked to learn that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in grief.

A brief bit about my experience

When I discovered I was bleeding I went into A&E (as advised) but was sent away reassured and hopeful that everything was okay. As the day went on it was clear that was not the case and coupled with my worries that I’d not ‘felt pregnant’ for the last week or so I phoned my local hospital. I was told I may or may not be miscarrying and to wait and see what happened next. At this point I decided to go for a private scan which luckily I was able to book in the next day. I was met with the news I was expecting, yes, I was having a miscarriage. My details were forwarded to the hospital and I was sent for tests right-away.

It was confirmed for the second time that day that I was experiencing a miscarriage. I had tests over the next few days before I was given the nod that everything had come to an end. There’s not much more I want to write on this topic right now but as always I’m happy to answer any questions and share more of my personal experience.

What happened after my miscarriage

Going on from the miscarriage I was told that I potentially hadn’t had a full dose of the MMR vaccine when I was a child. This wasn’t related to the miscarriage but was simply picked up during the testing. This was strange because it’s something you must have during pregnancy and I’d already been pregnant previously with my first baby and it hadn’t been mentioned.

I spent a long time trying to get an antibody test which I knew was available but it didn’t seem to be common knowledge. I finally managed to get confirmation that there was an antibody test and that I could be booked in for it. When I finally had the test it showed that I didn’t actually have the full vaccine. My reports were showing that I’d had the booster jab but not the original first shot. Strange, especially when my mum was adamant I’d had both.

Anyway, I decided to go ahead and have an extra MMR shot which had to be balanced carefully after my COIVD vaccines. This became quite a long process and it was around 5 months later that I finally had the MMR shot. To start trying again for another baby I’d have to wait a certain amount of time after having the vaccinations and I was given very mixed messages about this before finally speaking to a consultant.

I thought mentioning the MMR situation would be useful as I came straight to Google at the time to see if anyone else was in the same boat. It seemed a lot of people who were born around the same time as me found out they didn’t have the full vaccination.

Anyway, that’s all for today. I just wanted to touch briefly on the topic and at some point I may come back to add more to this blog post.