I wanted to update you on the miracle that has happened. At least it feels that way. I found out I was pregnant three weeks ago. The doctor began to monitor my hcg levels because I have a large fibroid in my uterus. They started out strong, but started to decline during the first week. My doctor told me to expect to miscarry. He tested the levels again one week later, expecting them to continue to decline. Surprisingly, they began to go up again. He told me that this could indicate an ectopic pregnancy and that he didn't expect the pregnancy to be viable. He monitored the levels over the next few days to see what they would do and they kept rising. He still didn't think the pregnancy was viable. He did an ultrasound in his office and could not find anything in my uterus--possibly because my fibroid is so large and in the way, or possibly because the pregnancy had implanted in the tube. He wanted to give me methotrexate to induce a miscarriage. Option #2 was to wait two days, check the hcg levels again and if they rose, send me in for a higher resolution ultrasound. My gut told me to take option #2. I was not ready to give up yet. Sure enough the levels rose again. I was immediately sent for an ultrasound. Within 5 seconds the ultrasound technician found the embryo and the heartbeat! I couldn't believe it. She told me that everything looks fine. The fibroid doesn't seem to be in the way, the embryo is measuring the correct size, and the best thing of all is that the heartbeat is very strong! I'm still in shock and still concerned about having a miscarriage, but at least we're off to a good start. Hopefully that will be my only challenge. Thus far, I'm feeling great. My energy level is very good and I'm not feeling too nauseous. The moral of the story: doctors can be wrong and trust your gut. There is some mysterious element to this process that we may never fully understand.
edited to add: http://www.misdiagnosedmiscarriage.com/ ... ght=#52407
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