I knew I couldn’t keep this baby and a week later got an appointment for an abortion that day
I found out I was pregnant. I knew I was, I was sick, my breasts were sore and I could barely stay awake past 8 pm. I took the pregnancy test and there it was, the two lines, pregnant. Due to my circumstances, I knew I couldn’t keep this baby. Not an easy decision but it was the best thing to do.
I rang the clinic a week later and they had an appointment at 10 am that day or I’d have to wait 3 weeks. I attended the 10 am appointment. I think the fact I didn’t have a lot of time to think about it helped. I’m very much an over-thinker and I wouldn’t of coped.
Everyone was lovely, understanding and non-judgemental. I had a chat with a nurse who then gave me a scan, I didn’t see or hear anything but they confirmed I was 7 weeks and 1 day. I was offered a medical abortion. I was talked through every detail, every possible side effect and outcome.
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I decided this is the option I would take. I took the 1st tablet at the clinic. I went home and felt nauseous but I don’t know if that was the pregnancy or the tablet, I had a few cramps more like a dull ache than anything.
The next day I had to insert the 4 tablets vaginally. Before this, I took two codeine, paracetamol and ibuprofen. I was so worried about the pain!!
I lay there for an hour on the sofa just waiting for something to happen. I went to the bathroom and I had started bleeding but nothing major. I went to rest on the sofa and I had minimal cramping, when I stood up I felt the blood gushing out of me.
I sat on the toilet and it was as though a tap was running. Loads of blood pouring out, but I had hardly any pain (I don’t know if this was because of how many painkillers I took). I don’t know if I had the urge, I can’t remember, but I pushed, and I felt a large clot come out.
A few hours later I returned to the toilet, again loads of blood and another few large clots came out. I felt these clots, they weren't just clots in a period they were lumps that I could feel. I went to bed around 9 pm, I was exhausted.
The next day I had heavy bleeding and a few cramps.
I hope this helps anyone feel less worried about medical abortion. I really thought it was going to be a lot worse. The pain wasn’t too bad, it was like a period, the bleeding is scary but they do tell you it’s normal.
I already feel back to myself. I have to take a test in 2 weeks and fingers crossed everything has gone.