When you are taken into the theatre, you will be placed under a general anaesthetic or heavy sedation. As you fall asleep, so will your baby, however he/she will not wake up. There is no pain for your baby. It is gentle and peaceful.
Whilst under anaesthetic, the doctor will remove the contents of the uterus. Depending on the circumstances this may be done under ultrasound guidance. Ultrasound is preferable as the procedure is a ‘Blind’ one, that is, done by feel rather than sight. Ultrasound can help confirm that the procedure is complete.
You will wake up in recovery and will be monitored until you’re ready to go home. Afterwards you may experience mild cramping and will likely spot for a few days and up to two weeks. Your period will likely return approximately four weeks after the procedure, however there may be delays and if more than two months have gone by it is worth seeking further advice.
A sample of the fetus or of the placenta may be sent away for testing, however, the fetus is treated gently and with care before being cremated by the hospital. If you would like to take the baby or the ashes home, it is something that can be discussed with the medical professional.