I was diagnosed with a blighted ovum on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. It had been 7 weeks and 3 days since my last period. The doctor did a transvaginal ultrasound and determined that something wasn't right. He did not see a heartbeat. So he sent me to get a better ultrasound at the hospital. The technician took about 60 pictures of my uterus and what looked like a small blob. After I told the tech when my last period was, I heard her say under her breath, "It''s too early".
We went back to the doctor on the next day. He said the reports confirmed it was a blighted ovum. It was one of the worst days of my life. The doctor told me that I could have a miscarriage naturally or get a D&C done. My husband supported my decision to let it happen naturally. The doctor gave me pain killers and a medicine to help with the bleeding. I spent the entire weekend just waiting and crying. I did have some spotting and crapping but no heavy bleeding. I did a lot of research and found this site. I read so many stories of misdiagnosed blighted ovums. I had to force myself of the computer because I did not want to get my hopes up.
On Monday, I had enough waiting so I called the doctor to schedule the D&C. He asked me to come in for an ultrasound first just to make sure. We went in and I couldn't even look at the screen. But the doctor gave us some great news. He saw a heartbeat! My husband and I cried so hard!
I had just gotten off of birth control in March 2012 and only had two periods so I was irregular. I measured 5 weeks 6 days on the Monday that we saw the heartbeat. So I was only 5 weeks 1 day when they diagnosed the blighted ovum.
The next week when I went back to the doctor he said, " I've looked back at those ultrasounds and the sac was abnormal. It didn't look like there was anything". I said, "Was it just too early?" He said "No, because of the shape of the sac. Also, by the date of your last period there should have been a heartbeat. It honestly is a miracle." He apologized and said that is sometimes happens.
As I write this I hold my miracle baby girl, Olivia. I can't believe that I almost lost her. I had given up hope but am so thankful that I had an ultrasound before a D&C. God has truly blessed me with a miracle.