Miscarriage: What is Cervical Shock?
Three weeks ago I miscarried at 11 weeks. The amniotic sac was only at a seven week stage. During my miscarriage I continued to bleed for five days. I experienced intense pain that continued without break, along with vomiting. When I reached the hospital I felt like I was about to faint. By midday of day five they decided to perform a D&C .When I spoke to a nurse she said that it sounded like I had "cervical shock." What is cervical shock?Question:
I am so sorry you had to go through this. I hope you are receiving lots of love and support.
I am unfamiliar with the term "cervical shock," but it sounds like a quaint old term for a vagal reaction. The vagus nerve is stimulated by cervical pressure and uterine stimulation. The cervix does not have many nerve endings, but does have a lot of stretch receptors. When the cervix is trying to dilate and there is a large tissue mass or clot behind it, you can undergo just the symptoms you describe. The heart rate may actually fall into the 40s to 60s.
I would highly recommend that you read Sherokee Ilse's book, Miscarriage: a Shattered Dream.