I still think there is hope since your hcg levels are pretty high. I wouldn't go by the doubling, etc.. I think that just causes worry. You are still early! The fact that you progressed to a yolk sac means that there is progress. If there was no yolk sac, then I would be worried. As far as fetal pole, the yolk sac is a part of the fetal pole. Medical terminology does not like to acknowledge that there is an actual baby until they can physically see the heart beat which to them, will then mean a fetal pole. In a museum exhibit called Body Worlds, I viewed live fetal poles and yolk sacs. They were the same thing! At 5 wks, you have a live human being. The heartbeat most likely is present if the baby is okay, but at this early of weeks, it is not always seen by ultrasound. It is SO incredibly tiny, that it is SO hard to see. That is why many doctors who are very knowlegeable about this, will not even do an ultrasound until the minimum of 8 wks. One of them that I know of, teaches at a prestigious university. She said that as long as there is no bleeding, fever, or severe cramping, then a woman can safely test out the diagnosis. I think many doctors are ignorant of this fact and cause much unneccesary worry for women. It is just not right. While there is always the possiblity of miscarriage, there is also the possibility that this baby is okay.
3 angel babies in Christ's loving arms/ one possible misdiagnosis
47 yr. mom to boy twins 5 yrs., dd 18 yr. and 9 yr. Baby Michael Josiah born 6/23/08
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