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carolynpetrill1
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

Has your dr done a internal ultrasound? Had one 8 or 9 weeks saw baby swimming around as i called it and seen heart beat ask for it especially at your our age the dr should of done an internal ultrasound
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reneeniels
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

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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!

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Katieewebb
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

I think like many others that have posted ... I believe you should wait. Just wait it out until your body tells you... Either that it's viable or not. I waited and waited and waited hoping for better results and that my hormone levels were going up. I did start to bleed & cramp. So I just decided to let my body abort the pregnancy naturally. However I bled for a long time and wasn't aborting it naturally....so I did go in for a d & c and wish I had done it sooner.

All that being said... I truly do hope and pray that this ends up being a beautiful healthy baby for you in 8-9 months! I, as so many other women on here, know that this is a very difficult time you are going through. You have so much support on here from those of us who have been where you are!!!
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beckiestroud
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

Sometimes it is difficult to hear a heartbeat due to the position. I would not get a d and c unless you are sure. Usually they watch the hcg levels to see if they are decreasing. I don't know how far along you are, but have a 3 d ultrasound and size can indicate much, too.
I have waited and let it pass naturally. I have also had a d and c...there was still the nagging feeling of wondering if they were wrong! Your body will expel the baby if it is not viable. If you have lost your baby, cry and mourn and then do something to honor that child. We release balloons with prayers written on them. I talk to my babies on their loss and due dates. My daughter was there when we were at the ultrasound and there was no heartbeat...so we talk about her heavenly siblings. Do something constructive...I started a support group in my community and lobbied for better miscarriage and loss resources in the hospital library...even adding an area to their website.
Above all, keep trying. Good luck.
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beckiestroud
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Oh...and we did have a successful pregnancy three months after my loss. Don't give up!
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

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.  :smileyhappy:

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beckiestroud
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

I just saw you are only nine weeks...at least wait three more weeks for the standard ultrasound time at twelve weeks. It is still early especially to hear that early.
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

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.

 

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kforonato1
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

Has you had weekly blood draws done? I had pregnancy symptoms and after numerous blood draws and U/S's, blood levels were not increasing & U/S confirmed the inevitable: no heartbeat, non-viable fertilized egg (aka blight ovum). The Dr advised the bad news (fertilized egg attached and did not properly develop, but my body acted as if I were carrying a viable fertilized egg) and recommended a D&C (shorter recovery). My only other option was to wait for my body to abort naturally (longer process and psychologically taxing). After I received the news, I researched the topic endlessly. While some women have had heartbeats show up several weeks after 8-9 weeks, others were in same predicament I was in. I know the news is hard to process (after all, this was my first pregnancy) and devastating, please do your research and come to your own conclusions. I was 37 when this happened. I opted for a D&C. Approximately 1 1/2 years later, I found myself pregnant again and went on to deliver a healthy baby girl. My heart aches for you as I know your concerns & pain. You'll know in your heart what's best for you and your situation. Just remember to take care of yourself.
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Re: I'm 41 and expecting I'm 9 week's no heart beat found yet on ultrasound

My SIL had an experience where her OB said the pregnancy wasn't viable and wanted to schedule a D&C. Her husband was out if town so she wanted to wait until he was back/with her. A week later they did an ultrasound before the D&C and found a healthy baby growing. I would personally wait. You never really know conception date do you could be off on hoe far along you are and you may find something I. A week or so. I also wonder like PPs whether there have been HCG levels done or any tests other than just am ultrasound.
Good thoughts your way!
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