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Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby misdiagnosed » Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:33 pm

Originally Posted by LPeltier 12/11/2004
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must admit that hearing all of these testimonials that end happily has certainly given my hope...I had my first appointment with my doctor on Wednesday after taking a positive home pregnancy test 9 days prior. I have zero idea of when my last period was or when conception took place. She could not see anything on my abdominal ultrasound; she drew my Beta serum level and said she would call the next day with the results. My level was 5500; I was immediatly referred to a specialist under the assumption that I was ectopic. My vaginal ultrasound showed a gestational sac in my uterus, with a fetal pole measuring 3mm. The doctor informed me that there was no heartbeat, the baby was dead and that I had only 3 options: a D/C, a medication to stimulate miscarriage, or wait to miscarry naturally. I explained that I would wait for nature to take its course and hope for a miracle. I was told that was asking for "hope against hope". Here is my problem...I can not find one speck of information to collaborate with what I was told by this "specialist". He felt that with hormone levels that high my prgnancy was hopeless because of the lack of fetal heartbeat; everything I read says these are normal levels. I am insisting that they draw another sample on Monday and am scheduled for another ultrasound of Friday against my "specialist's" recommendations. I just feel that everything is okay....


Follow up posted by LPeltier 12/17/2004
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Guess what...my follow up ultrasound was today and BABY HAS A HEARTBEAT! I am 5 weeks and 5 days along in a perfectly normal pregnancy. What an emotional roller coaster this has been! The Doctor that diagnosed my "miscarriage" did not even come into the room today...oh well, good ridance. My only reservation is that he is still recommending that women terminate healthy pregnancies.
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Postby awater10 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:23 pm

Thank you so much for posting this! After reading your story, I now have more hope. At 9 1/2 weeks I starting spotting lightly after I had sex with my boyfriend but it didn't start until the next morning. I went to the emergency room and they did an u/s and a vus and said that they couldn't detect a heartbeat. They did some blood work and told me to return in two days. Yesterday (1/11/09) I returned to the ER for more blood work and they said that my HCG levels went from 12083 to 10184 and that no fetus was detected in the previous ultrasound. The doctor then told me that I may have a blighted ovum but not to schedule a D&C and to make an appointment with my OB. I now have an appointment scheduled for Thursday (1/14/09). I am still feeling my pregnancy symptoms but still spotting with no pain whatsoever. I'm not giving up on my baby. My boyfriend has so much hope that I truly believe I still have a chance. I'm still taking my prenatal vitamins and resting don't plan on stopping unless the pregnancy ends itself. Keep us in your prayers
Diagnosed with blighted ovum at 10 weeks
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Postby dinhmylinh » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:27 pm

Thank you for sharing your story. It gives me hope and strength. I have been dx w/ m/c. The NP said that I am experiencing m/c because I have been spotting, but no cramping. At my 6weeks u/s, there was no hb. The 2nd u/s showed the same measurement and still no hb. I am not giving hope yet. My husband and I keep praying for a miracle. Keep us in your prayer.
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Postby graytiff » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:25 am

You ladies have definently given me hope for my pregnancy, i would only be about 4 wks im trying to wait as long as possible to see my ob because of my hope and prayers. Thanks ladies yall have really touch my heart and soul
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby MsMartin10 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:08 am

I am somewhat going through the same thing, so as much prayer as i an get would be greatly appreciated. I went for first ultrasound yesterday. I was called back to my dr office. He gave me a preliminary report saying positive fetal demise. No fetal heartbeat. It also measure me at being6wk and 1 day. I thought I was only supposed to be 5w 5d. My dr told me to get d&c he didnt give me other options like miscarry on my own (which is my decision if it happens). He didnt order anymore test. He doesnt even have my blood work back yet to know my levels. From looking at this site, many women have had no fetal heartbeats till a week or so later. I am going to continue to pray and remain hopeful. If it still doesnt its ok, but I want to give this baby every chance I can.

Will request him send me for another ultrasound when he gets back from his conference. To see if there is any change in a wk or so. He didnt suggest another ultrasound till i looked at him like are you serious you not going to run anymore test or anything.

I spoke with the head sonographer at the place and she said that the baby measurements were fine, I just got pregnant sooner. He/she has a fetal pole, there just wasnt a heartbeat, but it would be a good idea to get another one in a wk or so and give it time to be sure there is nothing there. Im like im starting to feel more pregnant now. My breast hurt, I mean hurt and im so tired.

I do have cramping but I had that with my son and he is healthy. I wasnt going to keep him until i went in to have a medicine induced miscarriage and they found a heartbeat. Im like oh no I cant. Im just really hoping this little one holds on and doesnt give up cause mommys not giving up on this baby. Will continue with my prenatal meds and prayer.

Will keep you guys updated.

Thanks for the inspiration. I felt so hopeless before reading. Now I feel much better. :)
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby Tate » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:34 am

Hi Everyone, just wanted to share my story incase it helps anyone. I had a transvaginal ultrasound at 6weeks1day due to some light bleeding, the fetal pole measured 5.6mm and there was no heartbeat, I was scheduled for a repeat scan 2 weeks later, by which time they hoped I would miscarry naturally, I knew exactly when I ovulated and had sex, so no chance of being wrong with my dates, I also read all the literature saying a fetal pole greater than 5mm without a heartbeat is non viable. I had no more bleeding and continued to feel increasingly queasy and tired, managed to get my scan moved to 10 days later, which was today, and there was a heart beat, fetal pole was 15.2mm, pregnancy is now considered viable and normal. I’m still a little concerned as to why my fetus didn’t have a heartbeat at 6 weeks, and they wouldn’t measure the heart rate, but she said it looked fast, fingers crossed everything looks normal at the 12 week scan. I will never have a scan before 7 weeks again, way too traumatic, I had almost given up hope, and had stopped taking it easy and treating myself as pregnant. Thank you to the organisers of this site, and to all those with positive stories, it really helped. Good luck everyone else.
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby madk10 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:08 pm

I'm 31 and have a perfect and healthy 2 1/2yr old. We found out we were pregnant after trying for a couple of months. I just had an u/s done yesterday. According to my LMP they estimate me to be 8 wks. The u/s tech found three amniotic sacs but the embryos in each were different sizes. The first was measured at 7wks3days, the second at 7wks1day, and the third at 6wks4days. They didn't give me any measurements in mm. Is it normal for multiples to measure different sizes this early? The tech said the one that measured the smallest probably stopped growing at 6 wks and was no longer viable. Once the tech showed me the three babies, she continued to tell me she could not find heartbeats in any of them. My heart immediately sank. She told me there should be heartbeats at this stage. She said they would need to be aborted and that she was sorry. I'm not sure what to think. I have read so many posts that support it and then on this website, many posts that contradict it. I have hope for my babies! My OB didn't even want to give up on them. She immediately wanted to schedule a second u/s for next monday and with a different u/s office, one at the hospital. That was encouraging, but I am still scared for my little ones. Could they just be younger than what they are estimating, maybe that is why heartbeats could not be seen? Well, I still have very intense pregnancy symptoms and just can't seem to get enough to eat to satisfy the hunger that apparently comes with being pregnant with triplets! I love my OB for being so positive and not automatically suggesting a miscarriage, but I am aware of the possibility and it is causing me a little stress and worry. Has anyone else experienced this with multiples?
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby Tate » Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:33 pm

I had my 12 week scan a couple of weeks ago, and everything looks normal.
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby Godsgraceinme » Tue May 24, 2011 4:39 pm

Hey ladies your posts have encouraged me bc I have been in pieces. I am supposedly today 9wks 4days and they don't see a heartbeat. They scheduled me for a D&C tomorrow at 12:30pm I got home and begin praying and reading your post and have since stopped the appt. At supposedly 6wks their was a heartbeat but it was low. I have had some bleeding but only once may 1st that's when I found out i was pregnant. My husband and I just can't accept all the miss information from one Ob telling us the heart was ok but in the wrong location to another one sayin their is no hb from one ER saying their was one from another ER not seeing one at all. OMG is what I scream I am so afraid to go ahead w the D&C w so many uncertainties and no further blood work has been done since last wed. My 3yr old daughter who is healthy as can be keeps praying plz don't take my lil brother or sister from us and make sure my mommie is ok. I'm asking what should I so the stress and worrying is literally draining me. I don't know if I'm as far along as they say, if these ultrasounds are reliable if the ER is correct why they havent checked and rechecked by hcg levels ughhh so much. I'm so confused
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby julieb » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:22 am

Hi, after reading these stories i really hope there is a chance for me and my baby.
i have been having early scans due to an ectopic in March and last week they said they couldnt see a heartbeat and that the baby is 3.5mm. Because i dont know when i conceived due to cycle being all over the place they thought i may be earlier than 8 weeks and to come back for a further scan in a week.
I went back on Tue and i didnt feel right with the sonographer. She didnt have the same technique as the others and said the baby hasnt grown and still no heartbeat. My husband saw the screen and said he thought it looked bigger.
Maybe i just cant come to terms with the fact that i have lost my baby in a week but i have booked a rescan next week before i have a D&C to make sure as something is telling me they are wrong.
I cant believe these people can get it wrong and i know i shouldnt get too excited but i need closure by seeing the screen myself and to give my baby one more week to develop a heartbeat. It seems that some babys dont get a heartbeat until 10 plus weeks and they are telling me it will be there by 6 weeks and if not there then baby has passed away. Please say your prayers for me as i am really hoping they are wrong.
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby melissa0409 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:09 am

Thank you so much. I was not expecting to find anything online that would give me some hope. I was told 12/29/14 after an internal ultrasound that there was no heartbeat. I am almost 11 wks and I'm scared. I've had no symptoms of a miscarriage. I see the doctor today the 31st to talk about my options. Now that I've read your stories I'm going to ask them to check again. I'm also going to wait it out and just pray for a miracle. This is the worst thing ever and I did not expect it. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone else going through the same thing. Again thank u! Melissa
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby nanette78 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:40 pm

Melissa-I'm not sure if you are still checking this website. I am going through this right now as well. I was told on 12/31/14 (I was 11 weeks that day) that my baby didn't have a heartbeat. I was completely devastated and heartbroken. I never expected this type of news. I had a healthy pregnancy with my twins who are now 4 years old. I carried them to 37 weeks and had them vaginally. That's why I'm having such a hard time understanding what is happening to me. I will be 12 weeks next Wednesday based on my LMP. But I don't know my conception date. Since my body releases 2 eggs (or more) it makes me wonder if my baby is younger than we think and that's why there's no heartbeat. I could be off by a whole week. On 12/31/14, they said my baby measured 9 weeks with an EDD of 7/22/15. I went to another hospital on Friday, 1/2/15. I was desperate for a 2nd opinion right away. There they also said no heartbeat. But the strange thing is they measured the baby to be 10 weeks with an EDD of 7/31/15. I don't understand why there is such a difference. I have had absolutely no spotting or bleeding whatsoever. No miscarriage symptoms at all. I don't know why this is happening or if they are wrong. The first clinic recommended I take pills to force the miscarriage, I declined. The 2nd clinic recommended a D&C right away, I also declined. They recommended I have the D&C no later than next Friday, 1/9/15, due to risk of infection. I just feel like something is wrong. They refused to do more blood work to check my hormone levels stating it wasn't necessary anymore. But after reading all of these stories on this website, it just makes me think, what if they are wrong. What if the baby is younger. I don't know what to do. I don't want to risk my life, and have come to terms with if accepting this loss when the day comes. But I just don't feel ready to give up. My husband and family are being supportive in whatever I choose to do. They are worried for my health. But like you said, I am so scared. I am going to call my doctor and insist on a blood test to check my hormone levels and another US on the big US machine. I know they have more advanced US machines because they used them on me when I was pregnant with my twins. I am also going to a special clinic next Wednesday, the doctor there is retired and does the US's for no charge for women in difficult situations. They agreed to see me and spend time with me so I can at least be at peace with what comes next. I don't know if this will help anyone or if anyone can help me. I pray for all of you out there going through what I am going through. This is such a nightmare. I am praying for a miracle and asking God to let me know what to do.
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby jsmith24202 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:17 pm

Hi ladies. I am currently going thru a similar situation. I took a hpt on dec. 31 and got a positive result.My lmp was nov 24 so i should have been 7 weeks. I have diabetes so was refered from my regular ob to a maternal fetal med dr. He is awful. I went for my appt on jan 13. Dr did an us. Dr stared us said how far are you suppose to be? I said 7 weeks, he turned looked at me and said you either got preggo later than you thought or you've miscarried. He said your only messuring 5 weeks. He said come back in a week to comfirm either way and walked out. I'm floored. I'm siting here in shock with so many questions and he just leaves me. I came home started looking for a new dr and some info. None of my drs have done betas on me. I'm suppose to go for us on jan 20. I have preggo symptoms but no bleeding or cramping. Has this happened to any one else? I'm scared, afraid and without info. Please help.
I have had 2 healthy pregnancies. My boys are 16 and 13. My period are irregular so maybe I could have ovulated late?
All they saw was gs. If I'm that early could they see anything else?
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby xchylersmom » Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:02 pm

just went to the doctor today for my first prenatal appointment and according to my LMP I am 8 weeks and 4 days. They did an abdominal ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound but could not find a heart beat on either. They did blood work today and I have to go back in 48 hours for blood work again and then see the doctor again next Monday. Am I supposed to believe that the baby is dead because I am not having any cramping or bleeding and I haven't had any at all through this pregnancy. Is there a chance that when I go back Monday that they will find a heartbeat? I don't want to do a DNC until I am sure that the baby is no longer alive 100%. Any thoughts or opinions or knowledge that can be shared with me would be great. I am just lost as to what to think.
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby 734cindy » Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:07 pm

I am confused here about my journey,am new here 03/28/2015 I missed my period on 1st Apr I did a Hpt was postive.I went to the clinic on 04 Apr and nurse confirmed am pregnant.okay on may 3rd I had a hip pain and went to er,they did a utlasoud and virgsoud they said the baby is too small although my hcg was very high 60060 is going to drop in two days.andthey gave me two options go ahead do d&C or take medicine.but I told them am not going to do any of these,if I miscarriage let it be natural.the doctor today okay is good to be positive but eventually u r is going to happen but go home and see ur ob soon.and continue to take prenatal vitamins may be the radiology was wrong or it is too early.
My husband &I decided okay let's wait another month if I don't miscarriage I will find a ob since I didn't have insurance by then.I took pregnant test almost every week to see if my hcg has dropped as doctor said, but it was showing postive very strong 2lines.
I found a ob doctor and booked app on 06/02 He did urine test and blood work all was postive,then he suggested we do a utlasoud to see how the baby was growing.
The nurse who was doing the utlasoud took let than 10 minutes and said that ur baby measures like 8 weeks but let me find another device so I can detect the heartbeat,when she went to another room the doctor came with an Stopped her told come there in no need that is a missed miscarriage.an immediately told me about DC,I said okay let me go home will decide in a week.I had a question at Er they said the was too small and was not viable an am going to miscarriage in three days.here is one month nothing happens,the was bigger and no heartbeat how could fetus grow without heartbeat?
I was confused and didn't know what to do so I told my husband I will wait for the nature to take care.after another three weeks I did another Hpt postive and start feeling butterflies inside my a petite increased had all the pregnant symptoms.and was big could not hide,all my friends could tell am pregnant even at church.
On August 29th we decided to look for another opinion this time the movements were becoming stronger I could feel my baby when I lay down at night.
I booked another appointment with another ob doctor on 09/02/2015 first they did a urine test end was postive and took blood pressure,weight I had added 10bl.
Nurse took me to exam room en told me to take the clothes off as usual.I waited almost 55 minutes was wondering what am I doing here,my appointment was 11.30am but here was 1pm.
Then the doctor came in with the nurse,he told me they are going to do a breast exam first,he squeezed so hard I never experience the pain before.the he started pressing my belly really hard tell me to loosen
But didn't understand how can a pregnant woman loosen her belly already is firm and big.I told him he is hurting me an am not comfortable,he replied u r supposed to feel pain!that is rude not professional.
Then he was getting ready to do the paps but I told him already I had done two months ago I had all the previous record blood work everything, coz my insurance could not pay twice,an he ask me which insurance when mentioned he tht is not insurance they do care if u die or ur baby.to cut the story short I stopped him to continue he told me eve something happens to me go to Er?I didn't know what he meant but this after squeezing my belly so bad.on 09/4th I started bleeding in the morning with a big blood clot,I called the office told them had a complaint I hurt with the doctor en reception Said no u were not even seen hav a guday.I bleed everyday until 6th spt I bleed heavy was blood everywhere my husband to me to Er.they did a utlasoud and said that there is no baby in my uterus?this time I was bleeding soo bad,I told them what the ob did to press me.they surprised y he did that.my big question is where is the baby disappeared,I could feel all the kicks an butterflies am still bleeding with cramps,all this time since I conceived had no problems until I went this ob doctor on 09/02/2015
Please I need help before I go crazy how can baby not be found through ultrasound and yet they can't figure y am bleeding,all my blood work are perfect no growth nothing,if I miscarriage where is the fetus I was almost 25weeks.any answer will be highly appreciated pray for me.
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby Destiny 15 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:10 am

m going thru the same thing had a dnc my hcg level was 754.3 at 5wk 2days pregnant 2days ago n still pregnant and can't locate the baby am only 5wk4days now n doctor think it might be etopic I had an etopic before but this time I have a feeling it's not etopic I still think it because am early .someone please help what should I do they want me to come back in 2days to get the shot cuz they think it's etopic .i wanna wait to see if a sac gonna pop up in 6 or 7week but because they don't see sac they think it's etopic
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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby Nazia » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:59 am

Hi,
Im 8 weeks pregnant according to day I conceived but ultrasound result shows that my baby has no heart beat and baby was reduced to 6weeks 4 days.So my dr diagnosed me go for D&C because acc to her there is no chances.But Im not having bleeding or spotting and having all the symptons of pregnancy.Im unable to believe that something has wrong happened to me.I already have 2 healthy daughters and never have any medical history of illness.So I decided to wait for one more week and again go for ultrasound.Kindly assist me what will I do because my mind is totally blank right now.


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Re: Misdiagnosed miscarriage w/ no heartbeat by LPeltier

Postby Salleclaire » Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:52 am

Nazia, please get another scan before you schedule any d&c. I am in almost the same position as you and my doctor 99% sure it's not a viable pregnancy. But he even said one more scan would do no harm before we decide on a d&c so insist on one more scan than make a decision.
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