A Personal Story

Submitted: Aug 18, 2005

Shared by: Cordelia from the US

Age: 20
Weight: 170
Height: 5'8"

Did you have a pregnancy test? Yes
What was the result. Negative
If more than one test was taken please include info for each one. I took one more on August 11th and it was negative, though I felt some pregnancy symptoms.
If no pregnancy test was taken - do you think you were pregnant? How strongly do you feel this way?

How was the pregnancy ended? Parsley, ginger and vitamin C.
Were you successful in using the herbs? Yes.
Would you try herbs again, or recommend them to a friend in the same situation? Yes

Is there anything that clued you in that the herbs might be working before bleeding started? I started feeling crampy, like how you might feel right before you get your period and know it's coming. After a day I started discharging a yellowish fluid, which later turned to light pink. The next day I got my period.

Is this your first pregnancy? No, I have had two abortions.

For how many days were the herbs used (total)? 1 days

Were you using birth control? Yes
What kind/method of birth control/contraception were you using? Spermacide

Did you experience any symptoms or signs of pregnancy? I felt nausea, though not to the point of throwing up and felt very emotional. My breasts were also tender.
When did they start? A day or two after my missed period.

Please include a summary of dosage information. 4 cups of ginger and parsley tea a day. 2000 mg of Vitamin C when I woke up in the morning and 500-750 mg every hour until I went to sleep, when I took another 2000 mg.

The ginger and parsley soothed my nerves and stomach.

Name of the herb: Parsley, ginger and Vit C
Form or method taken or used: Fresh parsley and root ginger, Vitamin C in pill form.
Amount taken: 4 cups of tea a day, about 8g grams of Vitamin C a day
Frequency: All day in equal doses
Duration: 1 days
side effects: After a full day of taking Vitamin C I got a bad headache, but that was it.

When taking these herbs and Vitamin C I found it extremely helpful to lie down and concentrate on getting my period. Imagine it happening in your head and it will help. My advice is to give yourself permission to let the spirit of the baby go. It makes the process very difficult if you are feeling guilty about having an abortion, so be sure to forgive any negative feelings you may have toward yourself and commit wholeheartedly to finishing the process. In my opinion, if you do not feel ready to have a child then you shouldn't, and don't feel bad about doing this if you feel in your heart that it is for the best.

Side effects.
Any positive effects? The herbs soothed my stomach and nerves.
Where there any negative effects? Headache from Vitamin C
Do you smoke tobacco? Yes
Do you have any health problems or issues? No
How did the herbs make you feel physically? More relaxed and able to have my period.
How did being pregnant make you feel physically? Tired, I had nausea and was extremely irritable.

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