British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Surgical abortion worry

Hello, I've never really posted on anything like this before so I'm hoping someone can help ease my nerves.

I'm due to have a surgical abortion on Tuesday, and am off on a family holiday on the Thursday, I'm really worried due to the fact I love swimming and will obviously want to be in my bikini but I will have to be wearing pads. I don't want to make anything obvious to my family, but I feel if I didn't go ahead with the abortion before the holiday it would be even more obvious still as I'm 7-8 weeks and at the sicky/exhausted stage and am just not being myself which could cause concern. I don't really know what to do! I just want to enjoy my holiday without the worry of heavy bleeding and having to wear pads as I haven't done this since I was 13-14 and am now 21. Any advice or help would be so appreciated, I don't want to sound selfish as this isn't the right time for me to have a baby and I just want to get back to my normal self asap! Thanks x

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I just wanted to say after my surgical abortion I bled for 1 day wasn't at all heavy, every woman is different though.

However in terms of the pregnancy symptoms they took 4 weeks to go, I was still feeling sick, exhausted and very much pregnant for 4 weeks afterwards.

If I was you personally I would wait until your family holiday was over, no risk of heavy bleeding, and you'll still feel how you feel whether you have it before the holiday or afterwards.

I also ended up with an infection 3 days after and couldn't get out of bed for 2 days until he antibiotics kicked in.

Of course only you can make the decision on when I just wanted let you know that as far as pregnancy symptoms go they don't disappear as soon as the procedure is done. I was 8 weeks 4 days at the time of mine.

Have a lovely holiday with your family.


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