At the age of 39, with an IUD, I went to the doctor to find out why I had a positive pregnancy test. The doctor did an ultrasound and confirmed a pregnancy, but then said that it was a blighted ovum and there was no baby. I was 5 weeks along at that point. He removed the IUD and told me that I would most likely miscarry within the next few weeks. He made an appointment for 4 weeks later to come back and have a D and C if I hadn't miscarried by then. I was so sick for the entire 4 week wait. I kept thinking that this was a really cruel trick of mother nature. To be this sick and not have a baby!
I went back 4 weeks later, still sick with pregnancy symptoms and no miscarriage. It was 4 weeks of agony. I hadn't realized that I actually wanted another baby, but the thought that there may be one more baby for me to mother, drove me crazy. I visited this site often and hoped that the doctor was wrong like so many stories I had read. At the 9 week checkup the doctor had the ultrasound tech do an ultrasound "just to be sure" before they scheduled the D and C. The tech quickly found the gestational sac and then I saw it! A little gummy bear size baby with a good heartbeat! But, then the ultrasound tech said "and there's another baby." I had identical twins!!!! In that supposed empty sac! They both had good heartbeats and perfect measurements! I'm now 20 weeks along and we're having twin girls in March!
For those of you who have been diagnosed with a blighted ovum...don't give up hope. The doctor gave us the wrong diagnosis at 5 weeks. The babies were the size of a sesame seed! He couldn't possibly see them clearly! Keep hoping and praying and I truly hope you have a happy outcome!
UPDATE: My baby girls were born March 15, 2010 at 39 weeks. They each weighed 6 1/2 pounds and they were pink and healthy! What a blessing they are to our lives. We just celebrated their 1st birthday! I think back often to the day that I was supposed to have a D & E of a blighted ovum. What a tragic mistake that would have been. My best advice to you if you're going through this...get a second opinion if you don't feel good about what you're being told. MOMS KNOW!
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