My Medical Abortion Experience at 6 Weeks.
I instantly loved it and felt I had to care for itMy initial reaction was to cry (solidly for 2 days!)I have never had such conflicting feelings in all my life, loving something so much but also knowing that deep down I couldn't keep that little something. Telling the father was not easy either, I know I had feelings for him - would never tell him that of course, but it made the decision so much more difficult. I know I shouldn't admit this, but I had an opportunity to keep this man in my life forever. Whether he was bad for me or not, but he was not available and I knew he wouldn't look after us. He had his own life back home and this was all one big mistake to him. I told him, and I made it clear that I wanted him to be a part of the decision making process but ultimately it was my decision. I had around 2 weeks of torturing myself and not knowing what I would do. Family and friends were so supportive and just wanted the best for me. I know they didn't want me to have this Irish man in my life, but they left it to me to make the decision. The dad was there for me, said the right things when he had to and overall tried to keep me sweet so I wouldn't say anything. It was awful. In the end I decided I had to think about what life I could offer this little baby. I know myself, and I know I need emotional support from someone close to me, I didn't feel strong enough to do it on my own. I wanted to enjoy a pregnancy - not cry all the time and fill those 9 months with anxiety of not knowing what was going to happen. I could not bring a baby into this world knowing that it's father wouldn't be there for him or her. Maybe it's weak feeling you need someone to share it with, I know single mums and they are amazing. But I just knew that this baby would be brought into a world where mummy loved daddy and daddy didn't love either of them.
I decided I had to make the decision and have the abortion.I booked it with the clinic and it was all confidential, they were fantastic. I booked a couple of days off work and it fell over the August Bank Holiday weekend. I didn't really take time to think about the abortion method, and looking back now, I really wish I had. I went with the Medical abortion where I took tablets. I wish I had gone with the Surgical abortion now, though at the time you just don't think about it. My sister went to the clinic with me, the first visit involved a scan followed by a chat the first tablet is taken to prepare your body for the abortion. I then had to return the following day for the following 4 tablets, though to me, the moment I took that first tablet the baby was gone. I know it sounds silly, but I spent a good half an hour saying goodbye to the little life that was growing inside me before the first appointment. I had to let it know how much I loved it and that I wished the circumstances were different. It just wasn't our time. I didn't physically feel any different after the first appointment, but the second was a different story. I had to dissolve 4 tablets on my gums for half an hour, they didn't taste of anything. They were just unpleasant. They sent me off home the moment I took that tablets and explained that in that half hour I would start to lose the pregnancy. I felt cramping very quickly and it was severe, by the time I had got home I had started passing the pregnancy and it was horrible. The cramps were excruciating and it was such an emotional experience. This continued into the evening but got a lot easier very quickly with the cramping easing up by the time I went to bed.
There were lots of tears, lots of emotion and lots of regret in that first 24 hours.I felt incredibly sad but my sister was amazing and took such good care of me. The dad sent the odd text and I made a point of telling him everything I was going through so he understood what I was doing. I then went on to have a long heavy period but the cramping did not last. I threw myself back into work and tried to move on, but the sadness did not go away. I still feel sad now, I will have moments where I burst into tears. Especially when I have my period, it seems like a monthly reminder of what happened.
My best friend had her baby boy 7 weeks ago, he is so lovely and the moment I met him I burst into tears. I have so much happiness for my beautiful friends around me having children and starting families, but he was the first baby I held since I fell pregnant and it was a shock. I know deep down I made the right decision, but every day I think about my baby that could have been, how far along I would be now? what would I be doing with the dad? What colour hair would my baby have? Would it be a girl or boy? These questions and doubts haven't left me yet but I promise it does get easier. I will always think about my baby (and yes, it was a baby, I've often heard people say "it's not a baby yet, it's just a group of cells!" but to me it was a baby) I have taken up some counselling sessions through my GP and it has also helped me make sense of the decision I made and the feelings I have towards the father. The handsome Irish man is now off the scene, thankfully, the feelings I have are still there but this whole situation was a big scare for both of us and I think it changed us hugely. I suppose that every woman's story is different, but when I came on here I searched for hours looking for someone's story who was a little bit like mine. I just hope that this can help someone going through the torturous decision making process. All I can say is, you will do what you want to do. It doesn't matter how many stories or blogs you read, your story is yours and it is unique. You need to do what feels right in your heart. I now know that one day I would love to have a baby and now I also know I can get pregnant. These are two positives I am taking from the whole situation. I know my baby will happen, with a man that loves me who will also love our baby. This baby will never be forgotten, ever, but it will get easier with time. I know that now. The advice I can offer you is do what is right for you. Let your instincts guide you and you will come to the right decision in your own way.