Well, my story seems pretty standard on this site, however this site helped me get through the past week and I thought I should contribute.
After 3 positive pregnancy tests I immidiately booked an appointment at the OB. We took the first sonogram and just saw an empty sac. I measured at 5 weeks, but based on my last supposed period I should have been at 7 weeks. The doctor acted worried and ordered some HCG tests and told me to come back 2 days later.
After that I was starting to question whether or not I should tell my family, but ultimately I decdided to tell them because if anything did go wrong I would want their support. So we told the family, everyone was so excited, especially my mom.
The next day is when the bleeding started. It was like a normal start to a menstral period so there wasn't a ton of blood, but the color was bright red. I immidiately jumped on the computer and found out that the color wasn't a good sign and that any bleeding should immidiately be reported to the doctor. I called the nurse advise line, and the nurse told me that it was either implantation bleeding (which I knew only happens in the first 10-14 days on conception) or it was the start of a miscarriage. So I made a last minute appointment with the doctor that day.
The doctor did another ultrasound and nothing had changed, which he said it still could be too early to see anything so it wasn't necessarily a miscarriage yet. He did say that my HCG levels from before were not rising as much as they should be, so he was concerned with that along with the bleeding. He told me that unless my levels increase dramatically, I should expect a miscarriage. I did the HCG test that day and again a couple days later. The levels went up, but only by about 20% . It took 5 days for my levels to double from the first HCG test. I also continued bleeding like a regular period for 7 days.
The only thing that kept me going was this site. I had an empty sac, the sac wasn't measuring where it was supposed to, I was bleeding and cramping, and my HCG levels were not rising properly. I was having a textbook miscarriage. Despite all of that, I spent hours on this site and hoped that I would be one of the lucky ones to have been misdiagnosed.
I went to the doctor again today. It was a new doctor and when she came in the first thing she said was "I read your chart and I was wondering if you realized what was going on here." I told her that I had been bleeding for the past several days (however the bleeding just stopped yesterday) and that my HCG levels weren't rising as much as they would like. She said "then you realize that this pregnancy will not be carried to term?" I realized that it was a possiblity, but hearing it again from a medical professional made my heart sink. I started crying as she explained what I should expect in the coming weeks as I miscarry. She told me that I may still feel signs of pregnancy and that it was a shame that my levels didn't just decrease to give me a more definative answer. But she was sure that this pregnancy was over and wanted to do a sonogram to see how it had progressed.
Lo and behold - she was shocked to see a strong heart beat! I was in shock and was a little upset that she gave me such a grim prognosis before doing the u/s. She says that we are not out of the woods yet and that she is still concerned with the low HCG levels but that so far everything looks good!
So I had serveral miscarriage symptoms and yet the baby is doing fine. I hope that this can help someone who is in the same situation. No matter what happens, until you have undeniable proof that the pregnancy is over there is still hope!