low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

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low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby christin » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:07 pm

I wanted to take some time to come back to this site and put my story into words so that someone else may read it and find hope. I personally know that not getting the news you hoped for can send you into an unhealthy week long or more search to find something that makes you feel like you and your baby are going to be ok.

We found out that we were pregnant with our first child on Dec. 17th. I of course was so excited that I called the doctor to figure out what I should do next. That's when they asked me to come in the next day for blood work. I of course agreed because the doctor wanted me to do this right?
So we got our first results back on Dec. 19h, Progesterone 29 and HCG 114. Nurse says to come back the next day for another test to make sure they are going up the way they are supposed to. Results from second test came in on the 21st. HCG only went up to 199. At this point they don’t seem too concerned but still want to monitor the progress. The great part about this is that I have to wait until after Christmas for the next test. So on the 27th I went in for the third blood test, the results on the 28th were only HCG of 604. This is when the worry sets in and the nurse even starts to prepare me for bleeding and what I should do over the long holiday weekend if something should happen. Not only do we wait again but my birthday was the 30th and then came New Year…it was a very unhappy end of the year but nothing happened and I went back for a 4th blood test on the 3rd of January. The next day the results came back at an HCG level of 1180. They did not even double for an entire week and at this point I’m sure that I am doomed. My doctor asked that I go to the imaging center at the hospital and have an ultra sound the next day (which of course was a Friday and would mean I had to wait again over a weekend for results). My doctors office was booked so I went ahead and went to the imaging center.
The ride to the hospital was full of mixed emotions, I thought yes maybe we’ll see a miracle and then I just prayed that it wasn’t an ectopic pregnancy. If something was wrong I just wanted it to be in the right place and not cause any major damage. When the ultrasound started I could immediately see that there was a gestational sac and it was in the right place but saw nothing else. It was a very awkward ultrasound. The tech said we measured at 5 weeks, which didn’t add up with the last date of my period. They said I should be 7 weeks. The tech didn’t say much else and I know they aren’t supposed to. What alarmed me the most was that we were not given any pictures and as we left I knew that something wasn’t right. I spent an entire weekend locked in my room waiting for the worst and for Monday to come so I could talk to my doctor. But again it never happened.
Over this terrible weekend I spent countless hours on the internet and searching for other stories where things worked out and one thing dawned on me at this point. I told my nurse and the ultrasound tech at the imaging center that I do not have a 28 day cycle, I’m more of a 35-45 day kind of girl so was it possible that I had ovulated late and really was only 5 weeks? Too good to be true right? The HCG numbers still weren’t good.
On Monday I got the call from the doctors office confirming what I had pretty much determined to be the outcome, it was a possible blighted ovum. They prepared me again for a miscarriage and I began to determine which way I wanted to go if I didn’t miscarry on my own, I told my family and started to try and make peace with it and again….waited. We had kept our original 8 week appointment which of course was 10 days later and during all of this time I was a complete emotional wreck literally thinking that I would be going to the doctor to determine how to terminate this pregnancy or lack there of.
Jan. 14th came and the moment the ultrasound began I saw it, the beating heart and it was more than obvious that gestational sac was not empty. There was a strong heartbeat and a whirlwind of emotions came over myself and my husband as we just stared at it in amazement. I only measured at 6 wks 4 d. Which made perfect sense as to why nothing was able to be seen 10 days earlier! But the worry didn’t stop here. My doctor then told us that the gestational sac was abnormal in shape and that she wanted to see us again on the 25th to check on things.
Honestly at this point, nothing would surprise me. I thought there was no hope then there was great hope and then there was more fear. 2 days later I started spotting one afternoon at work. It lasted about an hour and then stopped. I was sure this was the end, what they had been predicting from the start. But it never happened again and on the 25th we saw a beautiful 8 wk and 4 d baby in a NORMAL gestational sac and with a heart beat of 181!
Now I’m writing this early as I’m only in week nine now but I truly believe that after everything we have been through that God is on our side and this baby is going to be in our arms in short 7 months! We were put in the less than 5% risk of miscarriage and moved to normal 4 week appointments instead of every two weeks.

I just want any Mommy to be that might read this to find hope. Low rising HCG levels, Blighted Ovum scares or abnormal shaped gestational sacs don’t necessarily mean anything! It can still be ok! My doctor said that 15% of all pregnancies do not follow the normal HCG doubling rule. I don’t know if I will even go through the HCG testing next time. That’s where all the stress started. I believe I’ll wait and go in for my 8 week appointment!

I'll update this after our next appointment so that you all know that this little baby is on it’s way!!
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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby Kay » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:52 pm

Moving this to our Misdiagnosed Stories forum. Wow! I am just so happy for you. What a time they put you through. I do hope you update your story throughout your pregnancy. Those are always the favorites here!

Congratulations!!! And, thank you so much for sharing your story. You are going to help so many women!
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Told I was miscarrying at 12 weeks

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If you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum after IVF, please take a look at this article I put together: Misdiagnosed Miscarriage After IVF
and why I just believe a blighted ovum should NOT be diagnosed before nine weeks at the earliest and the UK's new guidelines support this


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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby Rrmommy » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:49 pm

Thank you for sharing your story. It gives me so much hope. After having an etopic in sept. having surgery and losing a tube...I was so afraid I wouldn't conceive again. And then we did...only to be monitored and have frightening hcg levels. Originally...1/21 it was only 16 and then 2 weeks later on 2/6 it was only 135, and 2/8 it had only risen to 148. I am so afraid. They say I should be almost 7 wks...so my body should have miscarried already, but instead my symptoms continue to progress with no signs of miscarriage. I feel fine. I feel pregnant. With my etopic...I knew something was wrong, but this just feels right. I feel confident, but scared to death at the same time. Thursday is truth day...going for labs again & praying to God that something has changed :H
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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby christin » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:02 pm

Please let me know how it goes. This is exactly why I wanted to share my story because you just never really know...it's all one big waiting game! I am super anxious to go for my next appointment on the 25th. I'll be 13w2d at that point. It can't get her soon enough. So I will also have an update to share. My fingers are crossed for you and prayers coming your way!
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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby Rrmommy » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:50 am

Well...our story didn't end so happy. On the 13th I started spotting & def passed the sac the following day. Our entire family is heartbroken. :*( I don't understand why it's so hard for good, healthy ppl to just have a healthy normal pregnancy :( I wish you all the best though. We loved our baby for the short time we were blessed and hopefully soon we will be fortunate enough to conceive again :H
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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby Kay » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:16 am

Rrmommy, I am so sorry. (((hugs)))
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To read my own Misdiagnosed Miscarriage stories:
my blighted ovum scare
Told I was miscarrying at 12 weeks

Blogging on Misdiagnosed Miscarriages
If you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum after IVF, please take a look at this article I put together: Misdiagnosed Miscarriage After IVF
and why I just believe a blighted ovum should NOT be diagnosed before nine weeks at the earliest and the UK's new guidelines support this


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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby Rrmommy » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:15 pm

Ty. I guess with such low #s I should have expected it. But I just kept on praying for our miracle. The saddest part was passing a 2nd sac on the 18th. It appears somehow we had twins and neither of them became viable :*( I'm trying to just stay positive for conceive again and having a healthy pregnancy. But as of yet, my ovulation tests are still negative.

But I actually got on hoping for some good news on ur end to brighten my day!
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Postby louydp » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:18 pm

Thank you soo much for your story!! I had a mc 2 years ago at 13 weeks pregnant. The baby had stopped developing at 6 weeks and we didn't know until they couldn't hear the heartbeat at my 13 week appointment. They sent me for a vaginal u/s and we could see our precious baby, but no heartbeat and only measuring at 6 weeks gestation. :*( We were devestated because we truly thought this was a miracle baby! Our 2 adorable boys; Aydyn 7 and Carsyn 6 were conceived through fertility so when we got pregnant we were ecstatic thinking we were able to conceive without fertility! Then we were devestated to find that the baby had not developed beyond 6 weeks! I opted to mc naturally at home; the process started about a week after we found out.

We found out this January that we are expecting baby #4-we both are again feeling this is a complete miracle since this baby was also conceived without fertility!! Because of my past mc I opted for a vaginal ultrasound at 7 weeks; when we went in for our u/s I instantly knew something was not right. The tech wouldn't tell me anything and kept asking me questions about when I ovulated, when my last period was, was I sure I ovulated then, etc, etc. She finally told us that there was a gestational sac and a yolk sac, but no baby! I left there devestated knowing that we had conceived when I said we did; there was no way I would be 2 weeks off. Anytime you have gone through fertility you are VERY in tune as to all of these dates; I am a regular 28 day cycle without fail!!! When my doctor called me I lost all hope at that point. He stated that I would mc and to be ready it would happen soon that this was not a viable pregnancy. The doctor wanted me to have my blood drawn, but I decided against it because when we mc at 13 weeks my numbers were all exactly 13 weeks!!! I didn't feel getting the "numbers" would put me at ease considering the last time if I hadn't mc naturally I still would have thought it was all a mistake!

When I went home I started reading stories of women diagnosed with BO or mc that is happening for no reason and I was shocked to learn that the diagnosis might not be correct. I put ALL of my faith in God and I feel he is in FULL control over this situation!! It is just wonderful to see that there is hope. I have a tilted uterus and understand that that can cause a situation where the baby might not be seen on the u/s. I am praying that the baby was just not able to be seen or hiding and that it is there somewhere healthy with a strong heartbeat!! I still feel VERY pregnant and short of cramping (which I had before the u/s) I have no other mc symptoms. I am just at a loss, but reading stories like this gives me hope that all might end well!! I sure hope so!! I have another u/s next Thursday, March 7th-the waiting is the worst part for sure; along with pregnancy symptoms that I don't understand or every little cramp or "feeling" seems to scare the poo right out of me-crazy huh?

Praying for you and your little one to be healthy throughout the entire 9 months with a wonderful celebration of life!!!! Goodluck and thank you so much for sharing your story! My hope is in the Lord, but it is nice to have hope here too!!! :H
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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby Cynabunn » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:24 pm

Hi Christin!

Thank you for sharing your story... I am going through the same thing right now and am so lost. My HcG blood test levels were 1078 and 1881 two days later... That was February 18. I went in for an u/s on march 9 and the dr said there was no baby, just a sac. Did another hcg test it only jumped from 6912 to 7231 in 48 hours... I started bleeding brown and red blood mixed with stringy discharge so I went to the doctors and he did a cervical exam and said I was not dilated... But my u/s showed the sac shrunk. It was measuring 6w4d and today it measured 6w3d.... I have to do another hcg beta test tomorrow but the doctor has already set his decision on miscarriage.
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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby baby hopeful » Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:58 pm

Thank you for sharing. I am in the similar position right now. In 2012 I suffered 3 miscarriages and have not been able to conceive since until now. I took a test on Nov 3rd and it came back positive so I called my specialist and got blood work done. My levels were 209 on Nov. 3rd and then had it taken again on Nov 5th and it only went up to 258. My doctor is very concerned so it was taken again today - Nov. 7th and it only went up to 293. She is very worried and so she wants to wait until next week to get the blood drawn again - Nov. 12th and see where it is at. I am not bleeding or spotting so I am not sure what to think. I am trying to stay positive but it is hard since I have already had 3 miscarriages. My thoughts I am trying to have is that it is not going down but still going up. IF anyone can share some words of wisdom I would truly appreciate that. If anyone has any ideas of activities, diet, etc that I can do to help along I would truly appreciate that as well. Thanks in advance!!!!
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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby iriexcellent » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:37 am

Did you end up having a baby?

I am just starting to read these stories. A little nervous to get any sort of hope as my numbers seem so much lower than anyone else's.

Had my blood preg test 2/20 and it was an 18, two days later a 27, and then 2 days later a 46. On the plus side the increase was greater between 2nd and 3rd test than it was between 1st and 2nd. So it seems the growth is speeding up rather then slowing/stopping/or decreasing.

On the other hand these numbers are just so low to even begin with, I am not sure what to think. Haven't felt any excessive or different cramping, and I am still fatigued/tender chested/bloated/ and getting bizarre light tiny acne. Hard to really speak to preg symptoms though because those can all be attributed to the progesterone injections.

So yeah- nervous/praying/and reading stories to try and set expectations appropriately.

Christin- if you see this, would love to know how it all turned out!
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Re: low rising HCG, blighted ovum, and then GOOD NEWS

Postby Joy36 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:49 am

Iriexcellent...how is your pregnancy progressing?
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