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I had an abortion 3 months ago I was 5 weeks and ever since then I've been bloated and I my stomach looks larger than it looked when I was pregnant. Should I be worried or is it normal ?

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Hello, Joselyn,

Having an abortion is not normal. It does terrible things to a woman's body. If you have any unusual symptoms, you should have them checked out. Is there a possibility you have put on weight? One consequence is eating disorders. Are you running a fever? Another consequence can be infection, and a woman doesn't always run a fever. But "silent" infections can rob a woman of her ability to have children in the future.

By all means, please see a doctor. You will need to find one who understands the medical consequences of abortion. If you are unable to find such a doctor on your own, you can find one by contacting an organization near you that helps pregnant women. They have doctors affiliated with them, and provide post-abortion services.

To find one near you, please visit this web site:

http://www.optionline.org/

Please let me know what you find out, and please take good care of yourself.

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I can help women with the consideration of their decision, and with resources, and I can share my own experiences as the mother of seven and grandmother of eleven. My approach is to show love and concern, and help women work through the issues, emotional, spiritual, practical. I also help women deal with boyfriend and family issues. I am not a doctor, but I have done extensive medical research, so I may be able to help with information. I am female. When you write, if you are or were pregnant, please tell me how far along you were or are, and if you have had an abortion, please tell me what kind. Thank you.

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I have been working with women who are considering abortion for several years. I also work with women who have had abortions. Our family has also experienced adoption, so I can talk about that as well.

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I am mostly self-taught. I also studied midwifery for awhile. I have spent years doing research on this topic. In fact, I have been doing research and working in this area since the early 1970's. I have been helping women online for a few years, under the guidance of a woman who was formally training in counseling.

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