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How a Miscarriage can be Misdiagnosed

Updated on September 7, 2014
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Is This Really a Miscarriage -or- Why You Need to Ask More Questions About Your Diagnosis.

Miscarriages can be misdiagnosed. But, before we begin, please remember that often, a miscarriage diagnosis ends in actual miscarriage. You just need to be absolutely certain before allowing your doctor to end your pregnancy.

However, some women are told they are destined to miscarry when, in fact, their babies are just fine.
Click here to read some of their stories.

When Miscarriage is suspected, many doctors push women to end their pregnancies either surgically or medically. Can you wait to end the pregnancy? Should you ask questions? Is the trans-vaginal ultrasound really THAT accurate during the first trimester? Are hCG levels really supposed to double every 48 hours? Should you get a second opinion? These are common questions and I'd like to share what I've learned.

I believe every woman deserves to have no doubt before having her pregnancy ended.

All photos and text on this page belong to Cari_Kay unless otherwise noted.

Disclaimer

I am not a medical professional. The information I share is meant to supplement the information given you by your doctor. If you feel your doctor is not doing enough for you or not willing to listen to your concerns, I strongly encourage you to take what you've learned here and get a second opinion.

My Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Journey

and what I've learned along the way

More than four years ago, I shared the story of my two misdiagnosed miscarriages on Epinions.com. You can read my original article Can a Miscarriage be Misdiagnosed to find out more about my own misdiagnoses.

I could not have imagined then, how sharing my story would change my life as well as the lives of many other women. As a result The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage was born.

Over the coming days, I'll add more about my journey here. Really, I only have one thing I hope everybody takes away here. Do not feel pressured into ending your pregnancy too soon. If you are not 100% certain this is a miscarriage and your doctor is pushing you to end the pregnancy quickly, you can wait out the diagnosis. Studies show that having a natural miscarriage can be just as safe, if not safer than having a D&C as long as you know the signs of infection. If you have signs of infection, see your doctor immediately otherwise stay monitored and take the time you need to be certain. No woman should be rushed through treatment if she is not 100% sure she is losing the baby. Don't get me wrong, though. Often times, women wait and end up miscarrying but sometimes they wait and are rewarded with a viable and successful pregnancy. That is what makes getting the word out so important.

By sharing my story, I don't want to give false hope. I do, however, believe in hope. Reading this site or posting on the misdiagnosed site will not decrease your chance of miscarrying. However, it may prevent your doctor from ending what may turn out to be a viable pregnancy. As I look at my now four-year-old daughter, I am thankful I turned down that D&C twice. Even if my pregnancy had turned out to be non-viable, I could not have lived with the 'what ifs'. I needed to know with certainty and every woman deserves that same certainty.

To read more about my 'blighted ovum' experience you can check out my "When a Blighted Ovum is not so Blighted" article.

Common Misconceptions

and, yes, many doctors believe them too.

(note, I'm in the process of adding to this. Check back often for updates)

Over the last few years of talking to women, we've seen some patterns emerge in the many stories I've heard from women.

I'd like to share a bit of what we've learned.

Question #1:

My doctor says my hCG levels should rise every 48 hours. Is this true?

Answer:

No! In early pregnancy, levels should double more quickly but as the first trimester progresses, those levels will slow, plateau and even begin to decline.

Follow up to Question #1:

Well then, how quickly should my hCG levels rise?

Answer:

According to conceivingconcepts.com levels typically look like this:

less than 1200 -- doubling time 48 to 72 hours

1200 to 6000 -- doubling time 72 to 96 hours

more than 6000 -- doubling time can be more than 96 hours.

Question #2:

My doctor has said that I am far enough along, the baby is always seen by this point on the ultrasound. Is that true?

Answer:

I can tell you what the ultrasound literature states and what your doctor has learned:

"A pregnancy is anembryonic if a transvaginal ultrasound reveals a sac with a mean gestational sac diameter (MGD) greater than 13 mm and no yolk sac, or a MGD >18 mm with no embryo." To give you an idea, a 13 mm gestational sac is usually thought to be seen around six weeks and an 18mm sac, around seven weeks or so.

Now, ask me if that is true? I will tell you emphatically, "No!" At about 22mm, my gestational sac still looked empty and it was 28.5 mm before my baby was seen. Numerous women have shared similar stories on the misdiagnosed site.

Question #3:

My doctor said that my hCG levels are high enough that a baby is always seen. Is this true?

Answer:

No. Again, found on many medical sites, "a yolk sac larger than 7 mm without evidence of a developing fetal pole suggests a nonviable pregnancy" and "The embryonic pole usually becomes evident at a level of approximately 5000 mIU/mL, and the fetal heartbeat can be seen in the vast majority of normal gestations when the hCG level reaches 10,000 mIU/mL"

Let me tell you, this panics many women. However, my own levels had long passed the 10,000 mark before anything could be seen and, again, many women report the same on the misdiagnosed site.

Question #4:

My doctor says I have a retroverted (AKA tilted or tipped) uterus but says that has really no bearing on the pregnancy, is this true?

Answer:

This is partially true. A retroverted uterus does not cause a miscarriage. It simply means your uterus is tilting back rather than forward. This usually straightens itself out by the end of the first trimester.

However, that said, a disproportionate number of women are mistakenly misdiagnosed when they have a tilted uterus. Many of these babies stay 'hidden' longer until up to nine or even ten weeks. Also, we've found that many women who know exactly when they conceived look one to two weeks behind during the transvaginal ultrasound even when this is not possible. Then, during their second trimester ultrasound when their uterus is in a more 'normal' position and they have the abdominal ultrasound, their dates are often right on again.

Question #5:

I am eight weeks and we saw the baby on the ultrasound with no heartbeat. Is there no hope?

Answer:

I have been told that if you ever see the baby on a first trimester ultrasound with no heartbeat, you should wait at least seven days and have a follow-up ultrasound. Sometimes the angle is wrong or sometimes the baby is just too small still. Ask for that follow-up ultrasound and give it at least a week. If the baby is still too small, you want enough time for everything to be seen if the pregnancy is indeed viable. While waiting, as with any pregnancy, if there are any complications, be seen right away.

Question #6:

I've been told that doctors would never misdiagnose something as important as miscarriage, is this true?

Answer:

No, and that is the point of this page. We've been collecting stories from many women who were misdiagnosed. Some women were given no hope whatsoever and other women were simply told by their doctors not to get their hopes up. We are continually adding to this post: Misdiagnosed Stories. If you have a story you would like to share, please add it to that forum.

Question #7

I'm in my first trimester. We saw the heartbeat last week on the ultrasound. This week there is no heartbeat. Is there any hope?

Answer:

There may be hope and, for that reason, many doctors will ask to do an ultrasound one week out to verify. Yes, often miscarriage is confirmed but we've seen a number of cases on our site to know that sometimes that heartbeat is seen again. You just have to wait for that baby to get a bit bigger first.

IMPORTANT: Ultrasounds May Lead to Misdiagnosed Miscarriages!

Misdiagnosed Miscarriages are finally making the news and, more importantly, research is beginning to come out about them!

Ultrasound Guidelines May Wrongly Diagnose Miscarriage

A snippet from that article:

"As if the worry over potential miscarriage weren't stressful enough for newly pregnant women, research released Friday shows that current guidelines for using ultrasound to determine that a pregnancy has ended may not always be accurate.

The four new studies looked at U.K. ultrasound specifications, but when the findings are extrapolated to U.S. guidelines, the researchers suggest 1 in 23 women diagnosed with miscarriage could still have a viable pregnancy."

On the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site, we believe that that figure might be much higher. For women diagnosed with a blighted ovum, something like one in five may be much more accurate.

For more on the inaccuracy of ultrasounds during the first trimester, check out my blog:
Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Musings

Just Curious...

Do you know anybody who has had a misdiagnosed miscarriage?

See results

IMPORTANT New Guidelines for Diagnosing a Miscarriage

The UK is the first to acknowledge that misdiagnosed miscarriages are indeed a problem. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guidelines. If your gestational sac is more than 25mm and/or the CRL is 7mm or more, you should wait a week to verify (if there are no complications). If the measurements are less, you are too early to diagnose. For more information (and something to take to your doctor), please, see my new page:

New Blighted Ovum Guidelines! You ARE Being Diagnosed Too Soon!

Need to contact the author? You may e-mail Cari_Kay at misdiagnosedmiscarriage@gmail.com

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      Veronica 18 months ago

      I had my 7 week ultra sound today and was told baby measured to be 8 weeks and looked perfectly fine but they could not find a heart beat with vaginal ultrasound. They told me I would miscarry in a couple weeks and to just wait.I kept feeling when they told me this "are you sure". I asked why the baby was fine and measured correctly (which means it was fine and growing) if it had no heart beat and was told it must have just happened with in last 5 days and it was probably something wrong with the placenta because again the baby itself looked fine. I've had no spotting, cramps or any signs of miscarriage. I also just feel as if they could be wrong, I also known it could just be my not wanting to except it. I've had all normal pregnancy symptoms and everything was fine until this happened. I can't help but feel maybe the heart beat just wasn't detected yet for what ever reason. I'm going to ask for a second ultrasound in a week to make sure and will repost what happens. Also just as fyi this is my second pregnancy. My first was completely healthy and I've never miscarried before. I know that doesn't mean it couldn't happen but just wanted to give my background.

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      Carmen 21 months ago

      I had my first Dr apply on Monday and it's now saturday, my Dr thought I was further along and did an exterior ultrasound, there was a fetus but no heart beat..I decided not to have a d&c or take meds and go about it naturally, well 6 days later here I am and I haven't bleed or cramped at all, I'm wondering if I could be one else of the lucky ones who have been misdiagnosed. I do not want to get my hopes up but there's always the chance something didn't go right in the ultrasound, or had my Dr performed a vaginal ultrasound maybe we may have heard a faint heartbeat...I obviously wasn't far along enough for the exterior or belly ultrasound, so i intend to wait until i know without a doubt the pregnancy is not viable before terminating.

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      Rachel 2 years ago

      I'm spotting but only as i use the bathroom and I'm still having symptoms but my doctor is saying i will most likley miscarry. I have had my Hcg levels tested today but i seeing know the results for two days. I'm so stressed but they tell me not to stress. I don't know what to do

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      Deepti 2 years ago

      I had my 6 week scan last week and i was diagnosed as blighted ovum as they could just see empty sac...no foetal pole...no heartbeat

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      kristin 2 years ago

      Positive pregnancy test but bleeding and hcg level o ml you 4.85

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My hcg levels drop to 38%the doctor said i was miscarried the baby i havent had no bleed ing HELP

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My hcg levels drop to 38%the doctor said i was miscarried the baby i havent had no bleed ing HELP

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      I can attest to this first hand. During our second pregnancy, my wife was diagnosed by our family doctor as having a miscarriage. Seemed pretty plausible, as she had one previously. Turns out the doctor was wrong this time, as the ultrasound later that day showed twins ;) Both girls who are now 15.

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      sherioz 4 years ago

      Pretty scary to think that a doctor could misdiagnose a miscarriage and a healthy pregnancy terminated.

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      Very informative lens on a very important issue...thanks.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for all the info and tips on misdiagnosed miscarriage. Great lens thanks for sharing.

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      RGrieco 4 years ago

      Great lens - I know you said you are not a medical professional but real people like to read others experiences that is whom we learn the most from - Thank you really appreciate all the information you have shared with us here.

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Ah, you have reminded me of something! I do believe it was on Mother's Day a lot of years ago that my mom's last pregnancy was a miscarriage. Hadn't thought about it too much over the years, but it probably was misdiagnosed considering mom carried all her other babies to term.

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      katespade 5 years ago

      Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are venereal diseases which occur when you have sexual contact or sexual intercourse with an infected person. In women, sexually transmitted diseases can lead to infertility, miscarriage, premature birth of the child or infection in the newborn baby.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing these info. can be of great help to women in need.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Thanks for using your own experience to help others. This is excellent information.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Excellent awareness advice! I had never even considered the possibly of having a miscarriage misdiagnosed.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      @victoriuh: I agree wholeheartedly!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the great information about miscarriage.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the great information about miscarriage.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      I think people would be so less stressed if they didn't have early ultrasounds. I think doctors do them too often for little or no reason.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Ladies... at my u/s with the IVF doc, they saw a tiny little fetus, and saw a flicker they said was a heartbeat but one they couldn't hear!!! The uterus is retroverted, and I now firmly believe it's just not showing and that the fetus will, God willing, show soon... I am so thankful for this site which has kept me really positive this past week!!! I'm now super positive and hopeful that this pregnancy, God willng, will go full term!!! Praying for all of you... keep up the hope... and thank you for this site and all the comments once again!!!! xx

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      GUYS! You cant see the baby at 4weeks or 5 weeks! You have to wait for atleast 7 or 8 weeks!! Do not get discouraged if your doctors tell you one thing at 4 weeks or 5 weeks or even sometimes 6-9!! They couldnt see my baby til 9 weeks! My "doctor" has had 30 years of "experience" and caused me to lose 2 of my children and tried to make me have a d&c for this one all because he diagnosed WAY TOO EARLY! NEVER EVER go with first opinion! Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I just came back from my u/s. I had IVF from frozen embryos this time - and acording to last menstrual cycle, should be 7w2d. I had spotting about ten days ago, at which point the u/s showed a sac dating pregnancy at 4w5d instead of 5w5d (hCG was 7320). That put me behind by a week. I stopped bleeding/spotting five days ago.

      According to previous u/s, I should be 6w2d today, but the u/s measured today for 5w6d and showed no embryo. Empty sac. I have another u/s in two weeks' time with my OB/GYNE, but an earlier one with my IVF specialist who will be seeing me for the first time after ET - in 5 days' time. I have major nausea and headaches.

      I am tired, and somewhat shattered... my third pregnancy - no baby yet. Praying hard... for all of you...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm so happy for you ! Thanks for giving me hope. I'm in the same boat, hcg dropping from 78k - 53k - 42k today, bleeding and no HB at 6w4d (I know the hcg is too high for how far along I am). The doc is pushing me for D&C. We saw the embryo yesterday for the first time but based on my miscarriage symptoms (hcg level, bleeding, no HB), she's 100% confirmed that this is a miscarriage (in her 20 yrs of experience) but how can they be sure when few weeks before they diagnosed me as blighted ovum cuz of no embryo while I'm sure that the embryo is there all along since its measuring to 6w4d yesterday. I can't believe how easy they jumped to conclusion.. but again, thanks for giving me hope. I'll wait for another week and praying that God will give a little miracle.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Congratulations!!!!!! I went through the same thing!!! If you read through past posts u can see where I posted and my situation. I am now almost 9 months pregnant with a baby that "wasn't there"! Oh I am sooooo happy for u!!! I pray for everyone on this page and I hope everything goes well from here on out!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was told by 2 Dr's that at 6wks 3days I had miscarried, determined by my hcg levels, ultrasound (no HB) & bleeding. I was told to have a D&C that day but opted to wait 48hrs and have another ultrasound. 2nd ultrasound they found a heartbeat! My advice is to not rush decisions and definitely get a 2nd or 3rd opinion. We nearly ended our baby's life without even knowing it. Dr's make mistakes and nothing can replace a mums intuition. I have celebrated my pregnancy, grieved it's loss and now trying to bring that joy back again. What an emotional journey and it's only started.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am just curious if your wife has had a follow-up ultrasound. Your situation sounds identical to what I am currently going through. My transvaginal ultrasound was done last Friday and the baby was measuring 7 weeks 3 days - with no heartbeat. I was told that my miscarriage must have just happened. I have had no bleeding but some cramping now 4 days later. I also still have my other preganancy symptoms to date. I insisted on having a follow-up ultrasound performed and am scheduled to do so tomorrow. I'm concerned that 5 days might not be long enough for a difference to be seen. My prays are with you and I hope everything turns out well for both of us. Please keep me updated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am happy I found this site although I'm not really sure what my outcome will be :( I guess I just need to vent....I found out I was pregnant with my second child after I had my Mirena in for almost 5 years. Everything was going along fine until two days before my first scheduled u/s I had some bleeding. They moved my u/s to the next morning. Everything was intact, but they did not see a heartbeat. They measured the baby at 5 weeks 4 days ( which may be too early to see a heartbeat) but since my hcg levels were 19,000 they said a heartbeat should have been seen and that I would miscarry. The doctor on this week has said that I should expect to see more bleeding and prepare myself for a D&C. I am to have another hcg level drawn this morning (I'm not looking forward to this) and then I have another u/s scheduled for Monday. I still feel pregnant and have not had any more bleeding.

      I don't want to have false hope, but the results of one ultrasound make me weary that it's definately going to miscarry. I just wish I knew either way. This waiting is killing me. Has anyone experienced something similar and still had a viable pregnancy. I am willing to work through this if it is going to be a miscarriage, I just don't know if I should still have hope or not. Feel free to email me stac_fournier@yahoo.com.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My last period was 27th Dec 2011.On 25th Jan 2012, I had spotting, did a pregnant test on 30th, was positive, went to fertility clinic where I did an emergency blood test, they called me the same day saying its positive as well. Scheduled my first appointment for 21 Feb. On 3rd Feb I took another preg test(digital clear blue) confirmed I am pregnant (1-2) 3 to 4 weeks. I have been feeling pregnant after that, my boobs tender, sore, growing, my stomach was bloated, had gas, slight nausea, alos have the dark line on my stomach , strech marks. and more more pregnant symptoms. Had no bleeding or cramping except some back pain. Yesterday 21 Feb 2012, my husband and I went for our first U/S at 8 weeks. The doctor said he could not see anything in my uterus, no sac, no baby. He said he does not see that I am pregnant. I am so devastated, I cannot stop crying since yesterday. Took blood to check Hcg Level, called yesterday afternoon that the Hcg is zero(0). The doc was in such a hurry and said I had an early miscarriage, but i have had no bleeding, no cramping no signs of a miscarriage. My husband and I stongly feel that I am still preganant. I pray to God that my baby is alive and in my stomach and healthy. Can someone please HELP or give me soem advice or some strength. I had a miscarriage last year June with twins and I did not even know I was pregnant and it all happened naturally at home. We have been trying for more than two years to have our FIRST precious baby in our lives, now all this bad news yesterday really upset me. I am scheduled for another appointment tom 23 Feb with the fertility clinic. Please help me anyone. :<<<(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: In my personal opinion, women heal faster and process is quicker when its natural. God bless you don't give up hope.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Me and my wife went in for her 8 week u/s yesterday. The doctor said the baby was the right size for 8 weeks but had no heartbeat and had most likely died in the last couple of days. He told me and my wife that he was 100% sure her pregnancy was ending in a miscarriage. He showed us on the screen where the heart was. It was a dark spot and he said there was no blood flow. He recommended a d&c. We told we wanted to think about it for a couple days. What should we? She's leaning towards doing this naturally. Is there any hope?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi there, I have just been for my second early scan and still no sign of baby or heartbeat. Last week they said the uterus looked healthy and this week they said it looked weakened and that it had not grown much in a week and that they would expect me to start bleeding soon. I have another appointment in a weeks time but have been told I am going to miscarry. I miscarried at 11 plus weeks last August and I should be 6 weeks now. I've had plenty pregnancy symptoms and thought all was well. I am absolutely devastated, could they be wrong? I also have a tilted womb could this make it more difficult to see the baby or am I just clutching at straws?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Have u had Any other symptoms Besides gestational size off?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Going through the same... measured 5 weeks and 5 days but i thought id b 7 by now. But with irregular periods hard to tell. Didn't hear heart beat and all the while I'm bleeding and clots but baby is visible ... its scary and il pray for you and hold on to hope as i am. I will know nothing until Monday...isn't it crazy how long you have to wait for answers

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I messed up on my email. Its leeannramirez@ymail.com not gmail. and please FIONA let us know :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dear Lee Ann, thank-you so much for your very encouraging comments. I guess we will have to wait, are praying hard for this one to work out. Will let you know how it goes, Fiona, x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My babies heartbeat didn't show at 5-8 weeks. went back at 9weeks and her body caught up to size and saw her heartbeat. don't give up hope. not all pregnancies are the same. I pray it works out. if you need to talk you can email me at leeannramirez@gmail.com I've gone through all different pregnancies. God bless you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My babies heartbeat didn't show at 5-8 weeks. went back at 9weeks and her body caught up to size and saw her heartbeat. don't give up hope. not all pregnancies are the same. I pray it works out. if you need to talk you can email me at leeannramirez@gmail.com I've gone through all different pregnancies. God bless you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi ladies, bit of a worrying time so I would value any support and or advice. I had a very faintly positive pregnancy test on 20 December of last year. I have irregular periods and as far as I know ovulate quite late in my cycle so am not exactly sure when I got pregnant or how long I am supposed to be. I had an internal ultrasound yesterday and the fetus was measuring at 6 weeks with no heartbeat but I am supposed to be a lot more than that. They told me there was little hope and that I should come back in a week and if the baby has not grown then a miscarriage would be imminent. I believe this pregnancy is fine and that maybe my baby is not growing at the normal speed. Is this a false hope? I miscarried last October so know what it feels like and this feels different and more positive. Any help/advice much appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi ladies, bit of a worrying time so I would value any support and or advice. I had a very faintly positive pregnancy test on 20 December of last year. I have irregular periods and as far as I know ovulate quite late in my cycle so am not exactly sure when I got pregnant or how long I am supposed to be. I had an internal ultrasound yesterday and the fetus was measuring at 6 weeks with no heartbeat but I am supposed to be a lot more than that. They told me there was little hope and that I should come back in a week and if the baby has not grown then a miscarriage would be imminent. I believe this pregnancy is fine and that maybe my baby is not growing at the normal speed. Is this a false hope? I miscarried last October so know what it feels like and this feels different and more positive. Any help/advice much appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: @Shannon: Please, no matter what happens at next appt PLEASE, I urge you, go to a second opinion. If I wouldn't have I wouldn't have my baby that I am 8 months pregnant with now. By my dr "knowing what he was doing", I lost 2 babies that he claimed were not there, however I didn't know until this pregnancy. If you haven't have miscarriage symptoms, and you don't feel you had one, please please please don't make the same mistake I made twice before. If the second opinion doesn't satisfy you, go to a 3rd. As long as you haven't miscarriaged, you are still pregnant and they can't deny you ob care. I pray everything goes good for you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi my name is Shannon and I am 10 weeks pregnant and I went for my ultrasound and saw no baby and they did a hcg serum blood test and told me my levels dropped to 12000 and that I need to come back friday for another hcg serum test and if theyve dropped more then I have had a missarriage but I dont believe I have and I read your website last night and I am hoping that this is whats happening to me. I called another doctor for a second opiinoin and they told me to go back to my original doctors that he knows what hes doing and if hes requested a dnc after this next blood work that i should trust he knows what hes talking about but i also read that i should loose my pregnancy symptoms but havent and I dont want to go for dnc and they be wrong and I also believe that if this happened 2 weeks ago that I would have bleed by now and havent had any cramping or bleeding so if you have any advice I would love to hear it or am I just in denial and need to accept that Ive had a miscarriage.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am 8 weeks pregnant but my HCG levels haven't increased that much since last week. Somewhere around 57000. I have had two ultrasounds done so far but no heart beat just the sac. So, I have not had any bleeding at all and I have no cramps. My doctor thinks I have miscarried, since my cervix is completely closed at this point, she thinks a D&C is not possible just yet. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I posted before about my Doctor and the "blighted ovum and molar pregnancy" that my doctor claimed me to have and I had a d&c and D&e. I have two healthy babys also, so I am in my 5th pregnancy that wasnt supose to be "valid" it was supose to have been a blighted ovum and I was told to get a d&c the next day. Well I am happy to report that I am 25 weeks pregnant (supose to be no baby) with a baby girl who is due may 2nd. God bless you all.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Regarding question number 2 how many weeks were you when your sac was 22mm and 28mm. I have a retroverted uterus and have undergone ivf, at my scan today 7+6 my suspected empty sac measured 16.8mm which according to research should be that size at 5.5 weeks. Many thanks very anxious and worried going ack for scan on thurs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi im new here, need advice...im supposedly 5-6wks pregnant.....been bleeding for 2 weeks....my hcg is rising like over53,000 did u/s 1 week ago and dr said that im miscarrying....still bleeding today checked hcg and risen over 60,000....dr doesnt understand going to do u/s tomorrow....any of you experienced that....

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      ebc0912 5 years ago

      Hi, i've been looking at this site for a few weeks and there are some wonderful stories.

      If anyone has a story like mine, I'd love some encouragement or some reality.

      I used Clomid. Around 5 days prior to expecting AF i had a weird, short period. So 5 days later restarted Clomid and started using opk's. Well, they were all positive, everyday. So i did a test and was surprised to see a bfp!! At about 5.3 weeks had prog 38 and hcg 4700, great! 1 day later had a little spotting that was bright red. Went to doc next day and transvag us showed sac with yolk sac, but hcg dropped to 4000. Was told I would miscarry. (i thought maybe vanishing twin due to the clomid)

      Went back in 5 days later and had tech do us and there was a baby measuring on target at 6w2d with a hb 116. Doc says cautiously optimistic and rechecked hcg which had dropped to 3800. Told to expect miscarriage again due to dropped hcg.

      10 days later today at 7w6d had transvag us. Different tech says baby still measuring 6w2d and hb maybe like 100, she couldn't get it to pick up. The last tech from before had to really push down and have me place my hands on my belly and push to get measurements and I believe i have a retroverted uterus. This tech did not do that and said she could see just fine.

      Saw the doc and she told me to expect a natural mc in the next 2 weeks and to come in in 10 days for repeat us if nothing happened yet. She said she'd expect no hb at that point and i could do cytotec if I'd like then.

      This is slow torture. I hear the medical facts of slightly decreasing hcg, maybe baby's not growing, hb a little less, but I still have mild nausea, dizzy, and am just still hopeful. Is this crazy?? Thanks to anyone who responds

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi ladies

      I'm supposedly 11weeks today but in the process of a miscarriage says the doctor. Like most of the ladies here, they've taken a reg u/s and vaginal u/s and see nothing but the sac. When i was 9weeks i started bleeding so i went to the ER. they took blood work and the both ultrasounds and they told me they see nothing but the sac but told me it could still be too early to see so they gave me a follow up in a week. well i went in a week and they took another u/s and still they see nothing. At this point the doctor told me that this is not good news and told me that it was a threatened miscarriage and to see if it will come out naturally. my husband and i are very devastated about this because this it is our first pregnancy and really wished to start our family. But now that I've read this stories it does give me hope because I've stopped bleeding and it was never that heavy really just spotting and i don't believe I've pasted anything clots just once and that was as big as half a pinky nail maybe even smaller and like i said im only 11 weeks today. So i really hope that at the next appt. on Thursday i will have some good news but if i don't, i will reject the d&c and try to wait it out. thank you ladies so much. Please any advise would be appreciated. :)

      -Natalie

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for all of your stories. You have really given me hope. I as 8 weeks and 3 days along and had an ultrasound a few days ago. I was told that I have a tilted uterus and my Dr. was having a hard time finding the sac with the transvaginal ultrasound, but I saw the sack with the external ultrasound. The Dr. said I looked about 2 weeks behind. I was asked to take a blood test and my hcg levels were about 21000 in 48 hours they were at about 25000. I have another ultrasound scheduled in 3 days. My Dr. called and told me that I should expect a miscarriage. I had a miscarriage 5 months ago and I feel totally different now. My breasts are soar and I am sick. I don't have any cramping at all. I'm hoping that I have been misdiagnosed. I will deal with it, if I do have a miscarraige, but I hope not. This sight has been very helpful and uplifting. Thank you so much. I can only hope that a viable pregnancy is in my future.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I AM IN MY 5TH PREGNANCY. I HAVE 2 KIDS AND IVE HAD A D&C AND A D&E. MY 1ST APPT OF THIS PREGNANCY WAS LAST TUESDAY WHERE THE DR SAID EVERYTHING WAS FINE. YESTERDAY I WAS TOLD I WAS GOING TO HAVE A MISCARRIAGE AGAIN AND NEEDED A D&C. I PRESSED THE ISSUE AND WHEN TO A SECOND OPINION WHERE IT WAS FOUND THAT I HAVE SCAR TISSUE OR SCAR OR WHATEVER IN MY UTERUS THAT LOOKS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO A SAC. AFTER COMPARING PREVIOUS ULTRA SOUNDS TO THE SCAR TISSUE ULTRA SOUNDS IT WAS DETERMINED THAT I WAS BEING MISDIAGNOSED BCUZ OF A SCAR AND MY DR DIDNT TAKE ENOUGH TIME TO LOOK AND I POSSIBLY HAVE LOST TWO BABIES BECAUSE OF A DUMB, FOREIGN DR. (NOTHING AGAINST FOREIGNERS)

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      pharmaa 6 years ago

      hi

      i have irregular period,my last period was 6th july , every 37 or 40 days my period come

      now i am 7 week pregnant with no fetal heart , what should i do ?plzzzzz i need help

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi everyone,

      I have a very irregular period, My LMP was march 9 and haven't had sex until may, I went to the doctor and they did a transvaginal ultrasound and was told I was 6 weeks, Then I came back and I was supposed to be 8 weeks, they did another ultrasound but they couldn't find a heartbeat, They say I would me miscarrying,, I'm just concern because I don't know if I was really 8 weeks or not, it's been a week now and I still don't have cramps or spotting... I am very confused.. can someone help me.... miss confused...:(

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I want to know if you have any scientific information related to misdiagnosed miscarriage or innecesary curetage. I am a resident on Gynecology an I am concern about the impact that Ican cause in someones life

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      On the 5th of August Last year i had a appointement For my 12 week ultra sound,

      I found out that my baby had no heartbeat & i was dignosed with a miscarrge.

      I'm only 17 years old & now i'm living with the thought that they might of got it wrong...They Thought the Elephant at the australian zoo was dead but when the mother gave birth he got up and walked.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am either 11+wks or I have lost my second baby (misscarried at 8wks also) on the 24/12/2009 I am awaiting a scan with all fingers and toes crossed if you would like my story, It is very long, scary and not sure on the outcome as yet.

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      Kay 7 years ago

      Annierya, rest assured, your story is fairly common. Many pregnancies start as doubles and end as singletons. When the second sac starts collapsing, it does seem like hCG levels will plateau or decline and then start rising again. This is common but unfortunately it does seem to cause a good number of misdiagnosed miscarriages. Hopefully you get good news at that next appointment! Please, keep us updated and if you are misdiagnosed, please, share your story at the Misdiagnosed site.

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      annierya 7 years ago

      wow. I have been on a roller coaster. At 5 1/2 wks u/s revealed g.sack no hb. They sent me for hcg blood wk. 1st test 2300, 2nd was 2100. They told me it would be a miscarriage and scheduled d&c but said do one more bld test to see if its ectopic. Next test came back two days later 6000. They postponed d&c but are now telling me it might still be miscarrage and ordered formal u/s. which showed one sack w/ yolk and another fluid sack that looks collapsed. They just say they dont know what that is. we've been goin crazy. We cried and accepted m/c but now there might be hope. How am i supposed to feel now and what do i do.

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      BeautySalon LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for this useful information! When you are pregnant, especially for the first time, there are so many fears and scares. Constantly afraid something is wrong with you or can go wrong. So it is great to be able to read about such cases when things go or look differently from the majority but everyting still turns out to be fine! Yes, I heard a lot about pregnancy related misdiagnoses!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am in the same situation. I have been waiting for nearly four weeks for the tell tale signs of miscarriage. Instead of bleeding and cramping , my chest is more painful and my nausea is increasing, Its been a very confusing time. I have to say though that although my midwives have followed routine by apologising for my loss and explaing what to expect etc my doctor has encouraged me to let nature take its course with the offer of a d and c should I become ill. This makes me believe that she has seen this before but it is more than her jobs worth to say everything is ok when there is a possibility it would not be. She has listened to my concerns and although is happy for me to wait and see , she wants me to prepare my self as she THINKS it is not a viable pregnancy judging by what she has seen.. Ladies there are doctors out there who are willing to listen to their patients concerns and in no way should you be bullied into medical intervention. You are intitled to a second opinion.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to JO-D] I was just wondering what happened was it ok to wait did it work out?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to JO-D] I was just wondering what happened was it ok to wait did it work out?

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      Kay 8 years ago

      JPetals, you are so correct. Women need to trust that they know their own bodies. I know my doctor argued with me over my date of conception but, because of the Army, there was only one possible day that month. He just wouldn't hear it. Don't get me wrong, I love doctors and admire greatly those in the medical profession but they are not perfect and that is always important to remember. thanks for the stars!

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      jpetals 8 years ago

      I just wanted to share that I think it's not only miscarriages that are often misdiagnosed. I found with my two pregnancies that I often knew more about my expected arrival or labour than the "professionals" did. Too much trust is put into these professionals and I have learned to become my own advocate in all medical situations. Five stars for you!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I WENT TO THE DOCTOR NOVEMBER 3RD AND THEY SAID I WAS 7 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS JUDGING BY THE SAC! THE SAC WAS ROUND BUT THEY SAW NO BABY AND NO HEARTBEAT! MY SIS-IN-LAW WHICH IS AND NURSE TOLD ME TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN ANOTHER WEEK OR TWO BUT I FEEL MY DOCTOR IS READY TO GO AHEAD AND DO THE D&C WITHOUT REALLY WAITING! I GO BACK NOVEMBER 10 AND I'M TIRED OF WAITING! I HAVEN'T CRAMPED AND HAVEN'T BLED AND I HAVE BREAST TENDERNESS, AND NAUSEA! I FEEL PREGNANT AND SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME IS SAYING THAT EVERYTHING IS OKAY AND MY BABY IS OKAY BUT I FEEL EVERYONE I TELL THAT TO LOOKS AT ME LIKE I'M CRAZY! THIS WEBSITE HAS HELPED A LOT! IT'S COMFORTED ME AND LET ME KNOW I'M NOT ALONE AND I SHOULDN'T FEEL GUILTY FOR PUTTING THE D&C OFF! THANK YOU!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I WENT TO THE DOCTOR NOVEMBER 3RD AND THEY SAID I WAS 7 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS JUDGING BY THE SAC! THE SAC WAS ROUND BUT THEY SAW NO BABY AND NO HEARTBEAT! MY SIS-IN-LAW WHICH IS AND NURSE TOLD ME TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN ANOTHER WEEK OR TWO BUT I FEEL MY DOCTOR IS READY TO GO AHEAD AND DO THE D&C WITHOUT REALLY WAITING! I GO BACK NOVEMBER 10 AND I'M TIRED OF WAITING! I HAVEN'T CRAMPED AND HAVEN'T BLED AND I HAVE BREAST TENDERNESS, AND NAUSEA! I FEEL PREGNANT AND SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME IS SAYING THAT EVERYTHING IS OKAY AND MY BABY IS OKAY BUT I FEEL EVERYONE I TELL THAT TO LOOKS AT ME LIKE I'M CRAZY! THIS WEBSITE HAS HELPED A LOT! IT'S COMFORTED ME AND LET ME KNOW I'M NOT ALONE AND I SHOULDN'T FEEL GUILTY FOR PUTTING THE D&C OFF! THANK YOU!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I WENT TO THE DOCTOR NOVEMBER 3RD AND THEY SAID I WAS 7 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS JUDGING BY THE SAC! THE SAC WAS ROUND BUT THEY SAW NO BABY AND NO HEARTBEAT! MY SIS-IN-LAW WHICH IS AND NURSE TOLD ME TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN ANOTHER WEEK OR TWO BUT I FEEL MY DOCTOR IS READY TO GO AHEAD AND DO THE D&C WITHOUT REALLY WAITING! I GO BACK NOVEMBER 10 AND I'M TIRED OF WAITING! I HAVEN'T CRAMPED AND HAVEN'T BLED AND I HAVE BREAST TENDERNESS, AND NAUSEA! I FEEL PREGNANT AND SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME IS SAYING THAT EVERYTHING IS OKAY AND MY BABY IS OKAY BUT I FEEL EVERYONE I TELL THAT TO LOOKS AT ME LIKE I'M CRAZY! THIS WEBSITE HAS HELPED A LOT! IT'S COMFORTED ME AND LET ME KNOW I'M NOT ALONE AND I SHOULDN'T FEEL GUILTY FOR PUTTING THE D&C OFF! THANK YOU!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Can someone help me? I went to my local g.p bout my period begin abnormal she told me that from my syptoms it sounded like i had miscarried although i was not 100% sure i was pregnant but had a thought i may be. My doctor sent me for an ultra sound witch showed that i had not miscarried and i was not not pregnant but as silly as this may sound i really feel as though i did miscarry something inside me say's i did! is it possible that it was to early (as i would have only bin about 6weeks) to detect something like this? Did my doctor get it wrong or am i going crazy? lol

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      last friday (7 days ago)I did a home pregnancy test to find I was pregnant on wednesday i went for an U/S and they told me I was 9 weeks but that there was no hb. I have had no bleeding cramping or anything. My doctor tried to book me in for a D&C but because I dont think they are right the specialist tols her to test the hcg levels yesterday and on sat before booking me in. Has anyone had the U/S be wrong in regards to hb? I'm hoping they are wrong

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I went to my first doctor's appt on Monday. I should have been 8.5 weeks pregnant at that point. When the doctor performed the u/s all she could see was a sac and what measured to be a 6 week fetus with no HB. She said she felt the baby had probably quit progressing around 6 weeks. She took blood to test all my hormone levels expecting they would show up low. On Tuesday she called to say they were all very good, all on the high end so she wanted me to come back today for another u/s. Today's u/s showed the same as Monday's. A fetus that looks to measure 6 weeks with no HB. She is not pushing me to do a D&C, she is letting me take my time to decide what is best for me but would like to do a D&C in two weeks if I have not miscarried on my own. I am so confused, I have no outward signs of a miscarriage approaching and I feel so very pregnant. I am very thankful for this website. It has really helped

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My story is like a lot of the women on this website. I am approx. 8 weeks pregnant and am totally lost. Had a u/s on monday and saw a small sac with nothing any it. Doctors say I should miscarrying or they would like to give me the medcine to make miscarry but I don't feel like i should do it. My heart feels like there is hope and Im just worrying. Am I denial? I really don't know. I have had no major cramping and no bleeding so Im just really confused. But I am thankful for this page it's really a piece of mind to come here to hear these stories from so many people's lives

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My D& C was scheduled for last Tuesday. Blood results showed it was over (HCG not rising) and U/S showed no heartbeat & empty sac (plus 1 "blood clot" next door). The yolk sac had disappeared since previous week's U/S. Due to my faith, I told doc from begnnning if ever no heartbeat/bad news, I would want to wait an extra week & have one extra last U/S just to be extra sure. So when my blood levels were bad, doc ordered last U/S the morning before the scheduled d&c at the hospital. I told the tec, "You're not going to see much. It's one blighted ovum, one clot, it's over, this is just for routine, you'll see the same thing my doc saw 4 days ago." Well, the U/S took so long, so many positions, I had to hold my breath again & again. Imagine our shock (my doc & me) when the film showed a fetus in one of the sacs (plural!)! It's a twin pregancy & one seems viable! I was hours from surgery, off food & drink all day, pain meds ordered. My doc could NOT believe it. My next U/S is Tuesday.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi I am 81/2 weeks and have been having weekly blood tests to check Progest and estrogen lvls as i have history of recurrant miscarriages (7). My hormone lvls have been decreasing and especially the estrogen, which is what my dr is most concerned about. He has told me yesterday that he doesn't believe that i'll see 9 wks. This has upset me greatly, understandably, but i have no signs of miscarriage. I am due to go for a scan on Mon and dr thinks there'll be no heartbeat, I hope and pray he's wrong. I have two sons whom i carried with no problems at all and only encountered my problems when trying for baby no. 3. Has anyone had low estrogen lvls and still carried on to have a healthy child? I don't know how i'll cope with losing another child as this dr was to be the answer to our prayers as he seemed to be the only one to do everything he possible could for us. (no reasons were ever found for my 7 miscarriages).I could really use some advise and comfort! Mary

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm going today for my 3rd U/S. On my last appt.08/28/08 I was told the sac didn't grow from 1 wk to the next.I'm 9 wks today.They also told me this time they'd seen the baby but no HB. They didn't want to show me the U/S photos either. So far I had 3 HCG blood test done: 3114, 5671 & 6438(08/28).This Dr. gave me no hope, he didn't even take me to his nice office, but told me & my husband the news at a very small and sterile office, surrounded by glass.He couldn't even look at me face. Thanks to my Lord&Savior Jesus Christ & the Misdiag Misc website I found the courage to tell him I needed a 3rd U/S at a Prof.U/S diagnostic Ctr. He order it for today 09/08. He did not even offer another blood test. On my second visit, where they only gave me a 50/50 chance another dr. in the practice told me about the D&C. This is my 2nd child & I did not even know what that was.I then inquire & found this incredible website. By the way, My 1st child was also a threatened AB & he's with me toda

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I was just told a few days ago that my baby had no heart beat and that I should miscarry soon. But Iam not bleeding and I feel no cramps. I was sapose to get a d&c but I didnt feel right about it so I asked for the pill. I came home and I just couldnt take it. My hcg levels are normal and they said it died at 9 weeks which was 3 weeks ago. I feel bad, but I think I need another blood test because none of this makes since to me...

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Can anyone help? Has anyone been diagnosed with a blighted ovum where your hcg levels dropped (indicating a miscarriage) but then rose dramatically over the next 7 days and have continued to rise. At 6 weeks an empty sac was found. Is there hope?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Two years ago I had a miscarriage diagnosed at apr. 10 wks and did a D&C after 2 weeks. This week I was diagnoses a BO at apr. 9 wks. I a little confused and don't know if I mst go on a do a D&C next week.

      Please help.

      YaDa

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I took a pregnancy test 10 days ago at the doctor's office and it was positive. 5 days ago at an u/s, I should have measured 9 weeks, I was only measuring 7 weeks and no heartbeat. The doctor told me I would miscarry. 2 days later, on a Friday, I went to see the doctor and he drew blood which showed by HCG levels around 15,000. He called me first thing Monday morning and asked me to come in on Tuesday for another blood test. I was just coming to terms with the miscarriage, and now I don't know what to feel. I have no miscarriage symptoms, and still have pregnancy symptoms. I guess only time will tell...

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I too have been diagnosed with a blighted ovum; and my NP wanted me to take the pill and suggested a D&C. However, the night before, I decided not to. I went back for another US and still no baby, no nothing. I should be close to 9 wks conception. Although the odds seem against me, I believe in God and know that He is in charge of everything in my life. I am waiting to see what my Hcg levels look like, as I had to request to have this done from my doctor. In the meantime, I have expereinced some bleeding, but no cramps. I still have hope, even when everything seems to be spiraling downward. I lost my mother 6 months ago, and I just feel like this could not be happening so soon again!! I want to thank you for this page and the misdiagnosed miscarriage website. It has truely been inspiring.

      God Bless.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Ana-

      Glad I found this site b/c I just read something that freaked me out...the part about always seeing a heartbeat once hcg levels reach 10,000. I had an ultrasound measuring me at 5w6days with gest sac and a yolk sac, but no embryo. My tech told me I was a day or two off of seeing it and this is a gray period. Just to be safe, my doc. did a quant hcg again and my levels went from 5,464 to 15,473 (day of ultrasound)in 4 days. He said everything looked perfect, but following a miscarriage a few months ago, I am terrified for another recurrence. Your info. above gave me some peace of mind--so thank you. I don't go back in for two more weeks, but praying for good news.

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      Kay 9 years ago

      Hi Ana. Thanks for the update. Even though it is a longshot, we always tell women to have an ultrasound before the D&C and, yes, despite what the doctors and radiologists say, sometimes a beating heart is found. It really is better to know without a doubt and a follow-up ultrasound should always be done in a case like yours. Check out some of the stories: http://www.misdiagnosedmiscarriage.com/mycommunity... You already know this more than likely would end in miscarriage but, just to be safe, tell them you definitely want the ultrasound before the D&C (make sure it is by a certified tech...we've seen that doctors make too many errors).

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hi kay!i went yesterday for a second opinion and the doctor took the result of my last ultrasound. She explain to me the result that the baby is already dead inside me=( and i don't have to have another ultrasound because the radiologist already have an opinion on the result of the ultrasound. So i guess this is just it. My doctor is going to remove my baby tomorrow because until now i haven't been bleeding yet. And i still feel fine just a little bit of cramps. i just feel very sad and crushed because this is our first and there's something inside me feels my baby is ok. thank's kay!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hi kay!i went yesterday for a second opinion and the doctor took the result of my last ultrasound. She explain to me the result that the baby is already dead inside me=( and i don't have to have another ultrasound because the radiologist already have an opinion on the result of the ultrasound. So i guess this is just it. My doctor is going to remove my baby tomorrow because until now i haven't been bleeding yet. And i still feel fine just a little bit of cramps. i just feel very sad and crushed because this is our first and there's something inside me feels my baby is ok. thank's kay!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I've been told that if you ever do not see the heartbeat during the first trimester, you should wait one week for a follow-up ultrasound to verify. Of course, keep an eye out for symptoms of infection but waiting should give you the answer you need.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hi! I am 10 weeks pregnant and my doctor told me that i might have a miscarriage because she couldn't find a heart beat.i had my first ultrasound on my 8 week and the baby is fine and they found a heartbeat. So she's a bit worried and told me to have an emergency ultrasound. i went to do it and the sonographer also told me that there is no heartbeat so i need to have it remove. But the thing is when i went to the ultrasound, an hour before it i had hot chocolate and only 1 glass of water. Is it possible that the ultrasound could be wrong because i didn't follow the procedure of not to drink any kind of liquid other than water?i don't feel anything at all nor bleeding. I feel perfectly normal. But my doctor really belive that the baby is dead already so i am schedule to have a D & C on wednesday!i need some advice too!thank's...

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Our NP through this whole ordeal has been amazing. We saw her again this afternoon and she offered to do another u/s. Our baby shows no heartbeat and instead of being almost 7 weeks in length like Monday, our child is measuring 6 weeks just 2 days later. I still thank you for your website. It made me realize that I want to handle this process naturally as much as possible. Thank you and God Bless!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm so happy to have found your site. We found out we were pregnant May 10th with our 3rd child. An u/s on June 4th showed we were 6 weeks 6 days and a healthy heartbeat. This past Monday after a brief episode of heavy bleeding, we went to be checked. Our nurse practicioner figuring it was dehydration, was shocked at the u/s stating we were 6 weeks, 6 days and could find no heartbeat. We had another more definitive u/s, and the tech said he saw the same thing. The part I'm struggling with is I feel fine, I feel pregnant. I'm not bleeding, cramping, in pain, etc. I've made an appt to be seen again this afternoon. After reading your site, I now I'm not alone and others have walked this path. I know God is here and He's holding me through this journey. I know He has a plan and that I don't need to understand. I'm just thankful I came across this site today and found more hope. Thank you and God Bless!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I WAS TOLD THAT I HAD AN BLIGHTED OVUM AT 7WKS. I HAVE NO SIGNS OF BLEEDING OR CRAMPING I WENT FOR AN US AT 4WK 2DAYS AND THERE IT WAS A SAC WITH NO BABY THE DOC TOLD ME TO COME BACK IN 2WKS SO I WENT BACK 7WK AND HAD ANOTHER US AND THE SAC MEASURED AT 7WK BUT STILL NO BABY SO I HAD TO GIVE BLOOD TO CHECK MY HGC LEVELS IM GOING BACK TO FOR APPT. JUNE 17,2008 UNTIL THEN IM GOING TO CONTINUE TO PRAY AND KEEP FAITH IN THE LORD CAUSE THE DEVIL IS A LIE, IM A CHILD OF GOD LORD PLEASE LET THERE BE LIGHT AT THE END OF THIS TUNNEL NEVER GIVE UP ON LIFE REMEMBER GOODNESS AND MERCY.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      When I had my daughter, they couldn't see her on the tummy us until I was almost 3 months. She was hidden. They found her heartbeat, but couldn't see her. The Doctor I'm seeing now, didn't bother to check my hcg or prog levels two weeks ago after my last us. Instead all this time they've been saying that it's not viable and isn't growing, yet every week the baby was growing. Also every week they keep telling me they want me to have the d/c or take pills. He got pissed off today when I said not a chance, that if it was going to happen it would happen naturally. They've been trying to get me to do that crap since the beginning. I was so upset driving home, that I was thankful that there was traffic because I just felt like weeping.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      For all of the US's the picture was so fuzzy that you couldn't hardly see anything. Then two weeks ago they finally didn't have a fuzzy picture. They said that I was 6wks2dys. They said the week before, when they measured part of the sac, that I was 6wks1dy. I've repeatedly told them that their machine is not correct, because I know when I conceived. They dont listen. Today I should be about 8wks. They did another us, and they couldn't see the baby at all anymore. These have all been transvaginal us's. However someone else performed the us and he barely even put the probe in and only moved it two times before he said that the baby wasn't there. My husband and I saw something way in the back on one of the passes, but the doctor wasn't even looking at the screen. I told him to move it back and instead he stopped the us. I had some spotting the last couple of days, but only when I wipe after using the restroom. I haven't had any pain or bright red bleeding.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      We found my pregnancy very early, like two weeks. I had the first us done and they said they didn't see a yolk sac or fetal pole. They said that I was atleast 5 weeks based on my last cycle. Four days later they did second us and saw the sac but no baby. The first thing they said was that they didn't think it was viable. A week later they did 3rd us, and said the same thing, though I don't know how they could because the picture was not clear at all. I told the doctor that I saw the pole. They told me that I have a titled uterus, that I didn't have when I had my first child. They told me that this would have no effect on seeing the baby or hearing the heart. I'm also diabetic and slightly overweight. They told me that this would have no effect either. That I know is a lie because the doctor I had with my first said that me being heavy does have an effect. They weren't able to hear her heart until almost three months. At the 3rd us they measured part of the sac.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i had a miscarriage in jan 08, in feb and march I had a normal cycle. Around 12 April 08 I found out that I was pregnant. From the calculation of my last cycle as of 9 June, I am 12 weeks and 2 days. The doctor could not find a heartbeat, and when they did the ultrasound they only saw a sac and no baby. I am very disappointed, they checked my hcg and in 2 days I will return so that they can check my hcg again. I am praying and staying optimistic. Your stories have given me hope!

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      Kay 9 years ago

      Just remember, not seeing a baby in the gestational sac is not enough to diagnose a blighted ovum. Many women are nine weeks or more before seeing their babies.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      HI ALL, I WENT FOR A SCAN LAST WEEK AT MY DOCTORS AND SAW A VIABLE PREGNANCY BUT DUE TO VERY LIGHT SPOTTING WITH NO PAINS OR CLOTS WAS SENT FOR A US BECAUSE I HAVE MC BEFORE WHEN I GOT THERE I HAD AN INTERNAL AND ALL LOOKED WELL BY THIS STAGE I HAD STOPPED SPOTTING WHEN I WENT FOR THE US THE SAID NO BABY WAS THERE....

      I JUST STILL FEEL PREGNANT AND HAVE NO SIGNS OF PERIOD/MISCARRAGE ECT. AM I CLINGING ONTO FALSE HOPE?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      CAN I BE HAVING A MISCARRIAGE? I WENT FOR AN US AND THEY DIDNT SEE A BABY OR HEART BEAT AND MY HCG WERE LOWER I BEEN BLEEDING BUT WITH OUT ANY PAIN OR ANY CLOTS I STILL FEEL PREGNANT AND THEY SCHEDULE ME FOR A D%C FOR NEXTWEEK BUT I STILL HAVE HOPE AND I DONT BELIEVE ME BABY IS DEAD INSIDE ME I BEEN DREAMING OF ALOT OF HIM CAN THAT BE A SIGN THAT HES STILL ALIVE PLEASE A NEED AN ADVICE..... THANX

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have a question.What if your hcg level is in high 46000 and dropped 2 days later to 36000. I was told that this is bad and I should expect a miscarriage and to have a d&c, can someone please help and advise on what I should do.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      OK MY FIRST DOCTER CHECKED ME BY ULTRASOUND WHEN I SHOULD HAVE BEEN 8W6D BUT SAID THERE LOOK TO BE A 5 WEEK SACK SAID FIRST IT MEASURED 4W6D THEN LATER SAID NO IT WAS 14MM AND WAS AT 6W6D AND I HAD A BLIGHTED OVUM HORMONES WENT FRON 12600 TO13600 IN 48 HOURS SHE SAID THAT WAS A BAD SIGN WANTED TO DO ANOTHER US I ONE WEEK WENT BACK SHE SAID SAME THING WANTED TO DO A DNC I DECIDED TO GET A SECOND OPINION WENT TO THIS DOC THE NEXT DAY HE DID A US HE SAID IT MEASURED AT 12MM WHICH DIDNT MAKE SENSE BECAUSE OTHER DOCTER SAID DAY BEFORE IT WAS AT MORE THAN 20MM HE SAID HE SEES WHAT MIGHT BE THE REMINANTS OF SOMETHING OR COULD BE BABY ALSO SAID I HAVE A TILTED UTERUS MY HORMONES THAT DAY WERE 14864 THEN WENT TO13600 48 HOURS LATER HE WANTED TO A ULTRASOUND IN A WEEK BUT I HAVE DECIDED TO WAIT TWO EXTRA WEEKS IJUST WANTED TO KNOW YOUR OPION BECAUSE I AM GOING CRAZY

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I was told I had blighted ovum at 12wks, I rejected dc waired to see if I'll miscarry naturally but uptill now(22wks), I've not. I went in for anoter us no baby seen yet but my stomach is getting bigger by each day and I feel kicks. No bleeding, no cramps no serious pains no discharge etc. Should I still wait or is ther any danger?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i just had my fourth miscarriage 2 weeks ago and am hanging in their. i have had these four miscarriages in the space of a year. got married in Nov. 06 and suffered my first miscarriage in january 07, i have miscarried two sets of twins and have never been pregnant for more than 11weeks. i want to put my head down sometimes but I know tht God will make it happen and i will carry my baby/babies one day soon.