This is my fourth pregnancy. All my previous three have resulted in missed miscarriages. So naturally, when I found out that I was pregnant this time, I ran straight to the doctor, in the hope that if I went in early, they might be able to do something to help me save the baby.
I went in on last Thursday, when I was exactly 6 weeks from my last LMP. The doc saw a heartbeat, but said it was too slow [70 bpm] and that it didnt look good. She asked me to come back in four days time just to make sure the heartbeat was going up and not down.
I didn't know whether to be happy or to be sad, but since in my previous pregnancies, I'd never even seen a heartbeat, I took this to mean soemthing positive.
On Saturday, I noticed some mild brownish discharge and freaked out. I called my doctor and she asked me to come in immediately. She did a TV Scan and said "the heartbeat has stopped." I almost died that instant. She then said I should come in on Monday [today] to have a D&C done, as the sac had grown quite big and it would be messy, since the bleeding had already started.
I cried my heart out through the weekend. Come today morning,and I just didnt have the heart to go through with the D&C. I called her and said I would put it off by a week. She wasnt very happy, but said ok.
In the meantime, I made another appointment with a doctor who is supposed to have the best ultrasound equipment in town. I went in today, expecting the worst - so imagine my surprise when he said "I see a tiny flicker - there is a heartbeat." I asked him if he was sure. He said he was and he checked both abdominally as well as transvaginally. he did say it was slow though, but that my yolk sac was a good size. He sent me to get my blood tests done for HCG and progesterone. He also gave me a progesterone shot and some tablets to be taken orally and asked me to come back in a week.
Has anyone had this happen to them before? What are the chances that my little one will make it, with a slow heartbeat? The doctor said that the chances are "not bad" - and the heartbeat could be slow because the baby was still very young. He said he would've been more worried if the yolk sac was enlarged, but since it wasnt, he would just wait it out and put me on rest.
I am nowhere near out of the woods yet - but I shudder to think that I might have killed my baby today, if I had listened to my earlier doc.
Can anyone offer any advice?