12-07-2013 08:41 AM
12-07-2013 09:09 AM - edited 12-07-2013 09:10 AM
This is certainly a disheartening situation. I went in to the dr almost 3 wks ago, thinking I was 8 or so weeks along. During my ultrasound, you could tell my tech was confused. They saw a yolk sac, but that was all, no heartbeat. I went in again 2 wks later (this past monday) due to having spotting. The tech found a yolk sac and fetal pole, but I still was only looking about 6 1/2 wks and no heartbeat. The dr ordered an Hcg blood test and I went back to see him the next day.He came in saying it was a misscarriage and listed my options. I asked him about the numbers, but he didn't give me the actual result (Im wishing I'd pressed him for the number), just said we should be seeing a heartbeat. I have been waiting all week for something drastic, but have had only light bleeding. I was holding out hope that he was wrong (although he must have put all the info together and it didn't look like a viable pregnancy), but at this point, I am ready for it to be over if the baby is not alive. I think it is too early to do the pills or D&C, what if the heartbeat does appear? I am scheduled for Tuedsay to go back for him to check on things and will ask for an ultrasound (if one isn't ordered), before I will do the pills or D&C, but praying that I need neither. This week has taken a lot of prayer and relying on God as the ultimate decision maker as the giver of life. Hang in there!
12-07-2013 09:11 AM
12-07-2013 09:23 AM
12-07-2013 09:27 AM
I am an ultrasound tech at an Ob/Gyn office. You should be able to see the heartbeat on a transvaginal ultrasound (assuming it's a decent machine) by 6 1/2 weeks gestational age. And definitely by 7 weeks. The protocol at our office if the baby is measuring smaller than expected and there is no heartbeat (or if there is a slow heartbeat) is to have the patient return in 7-10 days for a follow up ultrasound.
You didn't say what your gestational age is... but let's say you think you are 8 weeks pregnant and the ultrasound shows a 6 week baby with no hearbeat. There are 2 explanations: either your dates are off and the baby should grow and have a heartbeat when you return in a week, or the baby has died. Unfortunately all we can do at that point is to wait and see what things look like in a week.
If you have had 3 ultrasounds and there is no heartbeat, I'm so sorry but that does not sound like good news to me. But this is a conversation you should be having with your Ob/Gyn or his/her nurse. They can discuss with you what your options are. You would not need to have the D&C if you didn't want to (and I'm assuming again that you're less than 8 weeks pregnant), you could wait to let nature run it's course or you could take a medication called cytotech.
I had a loss myself at 12 weeks, and I know how difficult it is. I chose the D&C. I am truly sorry I don't have better news, but again, this is definitely a better conversation to have with your doctor than online. Hang in there, you will get through this.
12-07-2013 09:27 AM
12-07-2013 09:44 AM
I was told that my daughter was gone on 12/31/12. Dr wanted to do a D&C. I decide to wait and finally at 11 weeks there was her heartbeat. Hang in there, If you have lost the baby your body knows what to do.
12-07-2013 10:22 AM
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