I have an interesting case, whereby I did a positive preg test in Dec 2010, had a scan in Jan 2011 and babe wasn't growing. Feb scan showed babe had passed. March showed blighted ovum (sac there, but no babe). I had some light bleeding consistently throughout. I then passed some big clots in April/May and thought it was all over.
After no bleeding for 7 weeks, I returned another positive preg test (June 2011)which had my hopes up that I was indeed preg again. But no, my hcg levels hadn't returned to normal (hence the positive test) as there was still blood supply to a little (4cm x 3cm x 1cm) piece of tissue. I was hugely gutted as I thought my body had sorted itself out.
I never had "excessive" bleeding (other than the clots which I was expecting) or cramps, so therefore never thought I needed a D&C. But 6mths of "pregnancy" but no baby was enough! On Friday, I went to ED late morning as getting a gynae appt was impossible, so they put me on their surgery list and I was done that arvo. I am so thankful to the supportive staff and my midwife. I felt a bit nauseous on Saturday, and generally tired, but other than that fine. I had stopped bleeding by Friday night after surgery, (therefore, next to no bleeding!).
The hardest thing is what is deemed "NORMAL". My first MC was completely different - just light bleeding and slightly swollen VG. No cramp. Second time around, still no cramp, bleeding (but nothing massive until the clots). No feeling of sickness with either, or exhaustion. Bizarre!!!!
It isn't easy, on anyone involved. You just do what feels right for you smile I chose to let my body deal with things, and as it turns out, it wasn't the "best" choice as it allowed things to drag on. But I wasn't to know.