42: Empty sac at 7W, heartbeat at 8W

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42: Empty sac at 7W, heartbeat at 8W

Postby QuilaZen » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:43 pm

I'm 42. I have PCOS and long 35+ day cycles. I have one IVF 3-yr-old. After the successful IVF, we had 3 failed IVF cycles. I've never had a spontaneous pregnancy.

My period was late, but that was nothing new with my wacky cycles. It wasn't until the symptoms started adding up (sore bbs, crying after UT lost the national championship game, light nausea). At six weeks, the 3 home pregnancy tests came up positive quickly. (I wanted to be sure.)
The HCG at 6w2 days was over 8,000. I was in a good state of shock.

Aftere the first HCG, I started having more pronounced nausea. The soreness of the bbs came and went. Some days I didn't have nausea, but I was really tired.

At 7wks, I had the ill fated ultrasound at my OB's offce. The tech could find a gestational sac, but nothing else. The OB diagnosed a blighted ovum. She took another HCG. She wanted to do a follow-up ultrasound in 10 days just in case, but she didn't appear to be too hopeful.

The HCG at 7w came back over 33,000. The OB said that it was good that the numbers did not go down, but that she expected to see a heartbeat at that HCG level. She stuck with the blighted ovum diagnosis. She still wanted to do the second ultrasound anyway because some pregnancies just don't follow the textbook.

I fretted over the next 10 days. I had light nausea, some vomiting. The symptoms came and went. I had no spotting.

The OB did the second ultrasound. To everyone's surprise, we saw a baby with a good heartbeat. It measured a few days small based on the last menstral period, but due to my long cycle and probable late conception date, the OB is not worried.

The OB said that she is always careful to do a second ultrasound just in case. We talked about how doctors who might not be as careful are unintentionally recommending D&Cs on healthy pregnancies.

Hubby and I are very happy at this point.
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Postby limboland » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:24 pm

Congrats!!!! So happy you saw your bean and a E> .

I have PCOS as well (along with severe MFI) and have done 2 IVFs and 1 FET. I was shocked to see we got pregnant on our own w/o even trying as we bowed out graciously back in 2007. I'm in limbo land myself though but hopefully have a good outcome as well. :)
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Postby Kay » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:29 pm

Awesome!!! I am just so happy for you and what a happy surprise for you.

Thank you so much for sharing your story. We've seen that dating is often off in the first trimester and hCG levels can be closer to 100,000 before seeing the baby. I am really glad your doctor didn't try to push you into the D&C as so many do. Now, she'll have more hope to give women for future pregnancies. That is awesome.
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To read my own Misdiagnosed Miscarriage stories:
my blighted ovum scare
Told I was miscarrying at 12 weeks

Blogging on Misdiagnosed Miscarriages
If you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum after IVF, please take a look at this article I put together: Misdiagnosed Miscarriage After IVF
and why I just believe a blighted ovum should NOT be diagnosed before nine weeks at the earliest and the UK's new guidelines support this


This post is for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace information given by your physician but rather intended to supplement that information.
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Postby QuilaZen » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:35 pm

Thanks limbo and Kay. We're still doing OK. I have the Downs screenings with the specialist in about 2 weeks and a tummy check with the OB in March. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything continues going well.

Limbo, it's interesting that you got pregnant on your own after IVF, too. My OB knew someone that happened to as well. She actually mentioned it after we had our IVF baby and did a wink wink to me. I laughed at her and said, "That's not going to happen to us!" I'm now eating my words.
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Re: 42: Empty sac at 7W, heartbeat at 8W

Postby carjon » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:45 am

Thank you for sharing your story. It has really encouraged me and I really need encouragement right now. I'm 8 weeks pregnant. Had my u/s at 7 weeks and they saw the gestational sac but couldn't see anything in it. But my hcg levels are rising and I've had no spotting. Feeling a bit nauseated and tired. My ob said the pregnancy's not viable and that I should have a d&c straight away. I got a second opinion from another dr and he said that given my hcg levels are rising, I should wait and have another u/s in 2 weeks. So I'm going to wait...and pray. I have one beautiful 16 month old boy as a result of ivf and this current pregnancy happened naturally, and we were told that it would probably never happen naturally. It's a miracle that it did and I am believing that God is in control. Thanks again for sharing. :)
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Re: 42: Empty sac at 7W, heartbeat at 8W

Postby QuilaZen » Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:32 pm

An update to this story:

My misdiagnosed "blighted ovum" is now a healthy 11-month old. He was 9 lbs 5 oz. at birth and is still a big tall boy. He's got blonde curly hair, blue eyes and a very sweet and happy personality.
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