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Miscarrying? Why You May Want an Ultrasound Before Your D&C

Updated on October 11, 2014

Mistakes Happen

A doctor would never misdiagnose something as important as a miscarriage, right?

Unfortunately, the answer is that yes, doctors can and do misdiagnose miscarriages.

Well, then, a doctor would never unintentionally take a viable baby after a miscarriage diagnosis?

Again, the answer is yes. Read on...

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.

Why Another Page on Misdiagnosed Miscarriages

I've written a number of pages on various miscarriage and misdiagnosed miscarriage-related topics. Why another page you ask? After all, I've written about bleeding during pregnancy, non-doubling hCG levels, blighted ova and even misdiagnosed miscarriages after IVF. I've discovered that despite the many misdiagnosed miscarriage stories now on the web, some very popular medically-related sites claim miscarriages are never misdiagnosed and encourage women to just accept the D&C when offered.

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

My hope is that women will insist on that final ultrasound before their D&Cs.

The D&C

Many women are a little uncertain about their D&Cs. What is it? Do I really need one? Are there risks involved? These are some of the questions I hear from women.

The D&C

A D&C is just the abbreviated name of a dilation and curettage. This surgical procedure opens up the cervix and scrapes away the contents of the uterus.

Do women need D&Cs if they are miscarrying?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, most women can miscarry safely on their own up to about 10 weeks or so. After 10 weeks, they may still choose or have a natural miscarriage but they do stand a better chance of needing a D&C to finish the job.

If you feel pressured to end your pregnancy too quickly, I urge you to get a second opinion

If you are interested in learning whether a D&C is the right option for you and the risks involved, you may want to read my page on your options when miscarrying.

Some Amazing Stories - of doctors who mistakenly wanted to end these pregnancies


My hope in sharing these stories is that women, no matter how certain they believe their doctor to be, ask for a final ultrasound immediately preceding the miscarriage. Yes, they may very well be correctly diagnosed but that final ultrasound may well save the pregnancies of some who have misdiagnosed. If you'd like to know more about one of these stories, each story can be found at The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage

Sher's Story:

At seven weeks, Sher's doctor was certain she would miscarry and ordered the D&C. Sher wanted to be certain and canceled the surgery. She found her baby one week later on the ultrasound.

Wendy's Story:

Minutes before her scheduled D&C at 7 1/2 weeks, Wendy asked for a last minute ultrasound to verify there was no baby.

Amanda's Story:

At the ER, physicians decided to do an emergency D&C due to bleeding, cramping and empty gestational sac. Two weeks after the D&C, a baby was found!

Sunflower's Story

Sunflower was given Cytotec to help expel everything after being diagnosed with a miscarriage due to bleeding and empty sac. A couple weeks after "miscarrying", Sunflower's baby was found

Elinicty's Story

After spotting and an empty gestational sac, Elinicty was given medication to help expel the sac. One week later, despite taking the miscarriage drug, her baby was found!

Linbran's Story

Linbran was told by the ER doctor and her own OB that she needed a D&C because her levels were so high and she was having pain. Her friend called and told her to ask for an ultrasound prior to the procedure. She did and now has her baby!

Mama Loc's Story:

Mama Loc felt pressured by her midwife's office to have a D&C. She refused despite the threat of being labeled "non-compliant." A week later, an ultrasound found her baby!

and there are so many more stories on the site and on the web. Do a search!

These stories are just a sampling of women who found their babies when doctors were certain they were going to miscarry. Some of these women actually had steps taken to end their pregnancies and, yet, they remained pregnant. Other women refused the D&C or medication or insisted upon one final ultrasound. Thank goodness they did because they now have their babies!

My Own Story


During both my pregnancies, I was misdiagnosed with miscarriages. I turned down two D&Cs at both seven weeks and eight weeks due to a very large and empty gestational sac. At nearly nine weeks, we found our baby!

As a result of my stories and the many stories we are collecting at the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage, I am dedicated to making certain no woman unintentionally loses her baby to a poorly-made diagnosis.

I encourage you to take what you've learned and discuss this with your doctor. If you feel your doctor is not doing enough for your pregnancy, seek a second opinion.

What Do You Think?

Based on these stories, would you ask for an ultrasound immediately prior to the D&C (for yourself or your significant other).

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I'd love to hear from you. Please, feel free to leave a message. I can also be contacted at Thank you!


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      Lizzy12 2 months ago

      I had my first ultrasound at 7 weeks and they said baby was measuring 5 weeks and no heartbeat. To be sure they checked hcg levels and they were decreasing. For some gut feeling I'm not ready to give up. Has anything like this been heard of and baby actually be ok? I've not had any spotting or anything

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      Kay 4 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      This just reconfirms by belief that too often MD's / OBGYN's don't have a clue. I don't believe that a D&C is actually necessary in a healthy woman. I think, contrary to the information given by the medical profession, that they are more about filling the Docs pocket with cash than actually helping the woman. Our bodies were made to disperse the uterus of the babies "nest" naturally without any help from a surgical scraping. Now I am more convinced than ever that this is still something I would not allow, if I was of a child bearing age. I hope more women that are having miscarriages find and read this lens. I am pinning it to my "Baby, baby, baby" board.

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      Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Doctors can and do misdiagnose just about anything! As with any serious medical decision, get a second opinion if it's at all possible.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      very interesting -- I hadn't known about this before

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