Originally posted by LoriMomto3 9/2/2004
have also posted my story before on babycenter.com and a variety of other forums. When I was diagnosed with a blighted ovum (gestational sac but no baby), I did not even know what that meant. I was desperate for information and stories from other women. I guess I was really looking for hope. But I couldn't find much out there, so I'm glad this board and others like it are now around. Here's my story, I hope it helps.
I had two kids already when I became pregnant in January 2003. My LMP was December 24, 2002. In early February, at 6w3d, I had bright red spotting and some cramping. I went to the ER, where I spent about 6 hours waiting and having various tests done. They tried to find a heartbeat with a doppler, though they said the earliest they can usually hear it (this is a sophisticated doppler, not like the one the regular obs usually have) around 7-8 weeks. Nothing. They then did a vaginal u/s, found a gestational sac that measured about 5w4d, but nothing else. They tested my hcg level and it was 11,000+. From what the u/s tech said, I thought it was just too early, but the ER doc came back and said it was a blighted ovum (and in this tone of voice like it was unimportant), he said he should be able to see a heartbeat by 1,500 hcg and since mine were much higher it wasn't good. He paid absolutely no attention to my explaining that my cycles were long (around 35 days), he would only go by LMP. He gave me a prescription for pain reliever and sent me home. Three days later, at 6w6d, I saw my ob. She also did a vaginal u/s and saw only the sac, couldn't tell for sure if it was any bigger. My hcg that day was 27,000+. My ob was cautiously optimistic, said it may just be too early. I also have a tilted uterus, and that may have made the baby more difficult to see.
At 8 weeks LMP, I went back for another vaginal u/s. I was terrified, but my ob turned the screen to me before she started, then began the u/s and said "do you see what I see?" There was a little baby with a good heartbeat and a yolk sac. The baby and sac measured about 7 weeks. I've never felt so relieved and happy. Of course, I was nervous the entire pregnancy, so I wish I hadn't had the early u/s, it just added so much anxiety for the next 7 months. I went back at 10 weeks for my first regular visit, and saw the baby again. At 12 weeks, I opted for the triple screen just so I could have another u/s.
My "blighted ovum" finally arrived in October 2003 - he's now a healthy, mischievous 10-month-old little boy. I treasure him, but even now worry about him a bit more just because I thought I had lost him so long ago now. I'm thankful that no one tried to push me into a D&C, I don't think I would have agreed, but if I had accepted what the ER doc said blindly, I might have gone ahead, and I would have never known that sweet little boy, or known that he just needed a bit more time to make his appearance.
Having been through this, my advice is to avoid early u/s if possible, unless you're having other symptoms or have a specific need for early intervention, but at the very least don't take those early u/s or what the doctors say at face value. They do not know everything, and God only knows how many babies are inadvertently lost through an early D&C, how many moms go through so much unnecessary stress when it's just too early to know anything for sure.
I hope my story helps give some of you a little hope, and maybe even helps protect a precious little baby who just needs everyone to be patient and give him a bit more time to grow.