Hi, I wanted to share my story because I feel this is really important. I have a history of miscarriages and preterm labor. I'm always a high risk pregnancy but this one has been wild even for me. I'm currently 17 weeks into my 4th pregnany and hoping it will become my 2nd child. At 8 weeks, I had an ultrasound that showed an empty amnionic sac and told I would likely miscarry soon. Fortunately for me, since I have such a history of preterm labor and incompetent cervix anyway, my OB/gyn didn't want to do a D&C unless absolutely necessary. I was told to go home and wait and go to the hospital when the bleeding started. My doctor told me that as long as I didn't develop a fever or other symptoms we could wait several weeks before considering a D&C. I had a follow up appointment the following week. In the meantime I got an HCG blood test and then another 2 days later. When I went for my follow up the following week, I found that my first test showed my HCG at 80,000 and the second test showed 76,000. My doctor decided to do a follow up ultrasound and after a few seconds she said "Oh, my God, there's a baby in there. That explains why your levels are so high" She poked around for probably 20 minutes. The baby measured appropriately for its gestational age, had a strong heartbeat and everything looked good. I'm now 17 weeks and counting and I share my story with anyone who will listen. If I can save one woman from accidentally aborting a live baby, all of the stress of this experience will be worth it. After a little thought and a little research I do believe I have a tilted uterus. During my last actual miscarriage I had an ultrasound. The tech was new and couldn't find my uterus so she had to get someone more experienced. My OB/gyn agrees that the most likely explanation is that my uterus is tipped and we were seeing the edge of the sac instead of all of it. She said that the week we waited probably gave the baby and my uterus enough time to grow and change positions so the baby was visible. So I would encourage anyone being faced with a blighted ovum diagnosis to not agree to a D&C until you are absolutely beyond any shadow of a doubt positive there is no baby in there! There is nothing to lose by waiting and everything to gain by being sure.
mama to Cole born 9-11-03 after 15 weeks of severe preterm labor
2 m/c 11-02 and 3-04
and my not so blighted ovum 17 weeks pregnant and counting edd 11-2-06