I've been looking at posts here for a week or so, one of the toughest weeks of my life. I feel like I really need to share what has happened to me in the past couple of weeks. I'm a little ashamed that I had pretty much given up hope, I'm posting to say don't ever do that!
Anyway, here goes. This could get long so I'll apologize in advance.
I've had four previous miscarriages, the last one being a blighted ovum. Needless to say, my doctors have been keeping close tabs on me during this pregnancy.
I had an ultrasound done at 5w5d by my RE. We saw the gestational sac and what he thought was the yolk sac. He told me he was "cautiously optimistic" and sent me to my perinatologist for another u/s with the better machines.
I had my second u/s last Thursday, I was 6w1d. My normal perinatologist is on vacation so I saw another doctor in her practice. He again saw the gestational sac but told me that he was very concerned that he didn't see a heartbeat. His words were that in "50% of pregnancies you should see a heartbeat at 5 1/2 weeks, in 100% of pregnancies you should see it at that point where I was". Of course I was devastated. He gave me a 50/50 chance and told me to prepare for another miscarriage.
The next day I called and asked to have my betas drawn again. Up until this point they had been more than doubling, they looked great. I got my results back this past Monday, they weren't doubling as they should. I should have had an hcg level around 46,000, mine were at 36,000 and my progesterone had dropped a little as well. Again, the nurse told me it was pretty much a done deal, prepare for a miscarriage.
Yesterday I had what was supposed to be my final ultrasound at 7w1d. The tech started the scan, then called the perinatologist in the room. I could tell immediately by the look on their faces that it was bad news. I finally asked what was going on, the doctor said, yes in fact, this was a blighted ovum. He apologized and left the room to go call my other doctors.
The u/s tech continued to take some measurements. Almost at the exact same time my husband and I both noticed some movement at the top of the gestational sac. I asked the tech what that was, sure enough it was a baby with a heartbeat. The tech had to call the doctor back into the room, he was stunned. They turned on the sound and you could hear the baby's heartbeat going steady, 122 bpm. The perinatologist has "never seen anything like this in his 30 years". Honestly, I think he's covering himself because he wrote me off so soon. I'll be so thankful when my regular doctor is back in town, I can't wait to see her.
So there you have it. This doctor was actually on his way to schedule what could have been my 4th D&C and wouldn't you know my husband and I spot our own baby. There is a growth on the bottom of the gestational sac, they're concerned it could be a cyst, a blood clot or some tissue. They've said not to worry about it, so I'm not. Hopefully all will be well.
Moral of the story is definitely don't give up hope. Ever. We're very blessed. I wish much success and happiness to everyone.