misdiagnosed at 18 weeks

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misdiagnosed at 18 weeks

Postby Crystal94040 » Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:03 am

I was 18 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my first baby. I woke up one morning and my stomach was killing me. I was scared and went to the ER afriad that I was going into labor ( it was actually just my stomach muscles streching)...they looked and looked for my baby's heartbeat but Couldn't find it...4 dr's came in and gave it a whirl, but nothing..they tried different positions to try to get a beeter view, still nothing. The told me that my baby had died and I needed to come back in the morning for "fetal demise management"...I think they were going to induce me...I was beyond upset...I cried all night. The next morning I showed up, I was treated horribly by dr's I had never met, seperated from my husband. Because we were not married at the time, he was not allowed to be with me until they were done with thier tests, My dr. finally showed up and checked with a doppler, still no heartbeat....they sent me down for one last ultrasound because I told my dr. I wanted some pictures of my baby since my last picture was at 12 weeks...she agreed ( more out of sympathy ) they wouldn't let me watch the US, after a few minutes of crying the US tech finally turned the screen and told me my baby was fine...they could never come up with an explaination of why they couldn't find a heart beat, the best I ever got out of them was maybe she was in a weird position...although what warrents a "wierd position" I don't know...I was just so grateful that she was ok....she is now a healthy 5 year old.

Crystal, Mommy to
Layla Yasmin 9/27/01 - misdiagnosed miscarriage
Kaylee Marie 9/9/03 35 weeker - born at home
Caleb Xavier ^i^ 12/30/04 - miscarriage - natural - at home
Isaiah Gabriel 11/21/05 - newest addition - born safely at home

Caleb's montage - http://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/vi ... gory_id=26
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Postby Kay » Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:18 pm

Wow, that is amazing. I know with my first, throughout the second trimester they could not hear my son's heartbeat with the doppler but nothing like your story. What a blessing. Just goes to show, you should always get a second opinion or wait and have another ultrasound before ending a pregnancy. Thank you for sharing :)
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Postby april1979 » Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:44 pm

What a scary story!!! I am so glad that they checked again!!!
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Postby Cflorentine1 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:35 pm

Your story has given me a lot of hope! I am carrying 3 babies and was told from 7 wks 1 would not make it...but just recently they said only 1 has a heartbeat at all I am praying that like yours it was wrong but I know in my heart that it was. I am going back next wk for another ultrasound
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Postby Rachelsalive » Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:27 pm

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Hello Crystal,

My name is Rachel and yesterday I had the doppler and 2 u/s with no hart beat. I pray and hope my story ends as yours did in this case! You gave me hope as i was going to have the D & C done asap. Now i am waiting hopeing my babys heart beat will find us!
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sad .

Postby daisuke » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:53 pm

hello - my name is daisy. today i am 9 weeks and 3 days. i originally went to the doctors to have a vaginal ultrasound at 5 weeks and 1 day and was told my baby did not have a heartbeat. they asked me to go back a week later @ 6 weeks and 1 day and they found a heartbeat. today, i went in and my baby has been developing, however they weren't able to find a heartbeat. i'm hoping its a mistake and all these stories im reading are really encouraging. :( has anyone had an experience similar to mine ?
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Re: sad .

Postby magsatplay » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:00 am

Hi Daisy - I have a similar story. My husband and I found out in August that we were PG (after having 1 M/C with a D&C and 2 chem pregnancies). We were seeing a fertility specialist who ran a bunch of tests, and found no problems. We conceived naturally, and had u/s done at 5w 6d by the fertility dr. The embryo looked good, but we couldn't see a heartbeat - doc said it was ok at that stage. We came back in 6 days later (6w 5d), and saw strong HB of 144. He released us to my normal OB, and had our 1st prenatal yesterday at 9w 4d weeks. U/s showed no HB and the development looked more like 8w 6d (so, 5 days behind). They advised us we could have D&C or wait - no pressure (thank goodness), since it's a very women-centered practice. We didn't want to make the decision right there in the office, so we said we'd think about it and let them in a couple of days. DH and I came home and cried, trying to wrap our brains around this nightmare. BUT, based on this website, I decided to call our fertility Dr. this morning. Bless him, he called me right back - I told him what happened, and asked if he would be willing to do a 2nd u/s, if for no other reason than to see if he could see something that would explain why this keeps happening. He agreed, and I have an appointment in 2 hours. I've had no cramping or bleeding, and my symptoms haven't changed at all - so I've got my fingers (and toes!) crossed that the u/s tech at my ob's office just didn't get the right angle. Pray for us!!
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Postby NCmomCJ » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:45 am

magsatplay, please update. I am right there with you. I am 9w5d today, so we are only a couple of days apart. All the measurements have been good, but last week at 7 1/2 weeks they still could find no heartbeat. But there was a yolk sac and fetal pole - which to me shows that life is forming. I am hoping I just have a slow grower. I don't have my appt until next Tuesday. I havent had any cramps or bleeding either, in fact my pegnancy symptoms have gotten worse over the last week.

Please let us know how your u/s went yesterday. Praying for the best!
Carol (43) DH (30)
4 DS (22,19,16,13)
TTC since 4/08
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Update - bad news

Postby magsatplay » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:10 am

Hi all - unfortunately, when we went to the doctor on 9/30, they couldn't find a heartbeat, and we looked about 5-6 days behind. I had a repeat u/s the next day with our fertility guy, and he agreed it wasn't viable. I'm having a d&c on Tuesday, and we'll send tissue samples to be analyzed - hopefully they will find chromosomal abnormalities, which means it's a one-time issue rather than something chronic.

Sorry my story couldn't be a positive one - luck to everyone!
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Postby vickieh1981 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:24 pm

I am really devestated to read this. Not because I begrudge you it but because I went to a scan at 13 weeks and they told me that my baby had died.

They got two techs to check. I kept asking could they be wrong and they kept telling me no - two people had looked and zoomed in on the heart and there was no heartbeat.

They induced me and I had a perfect little girl. I am beyond upset to think that maybe she was okay after all and this happened.
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Postby Marussia » Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:46 pm

vickie, your story is just heart wrenching, I am so sorry you're going through this... This is precisely why I chose to miscarry naturally at 12 weeks - so that I would have no doubts later. There is no way to know if doctors made a mistake and even if they did it is not your fault... When I was pregnant for the first time I had my blood drawn 5 times and they did not check the hcg levels even once, can you believe that?... They checked my blood type (as if that could change!) every time but not once did they check the most important thing and I only realized that after I miscarried. Now I have no way of tracing what went wrong and when but I am pretty darn sure about my blood type... I changed my doctor of course, but I know now that I will check and recheck doctors' decisions in the future all the way through.

Honey, bottom line is that it is not your fault, please do not blame yourself. There is no way to know for sure and you must stay strong to try again.
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Re: misdiagnosed at 18 weeks

Postby Irishdk » Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:04 pm

So... I'm 45 and have a tilted uterus. I should be 16 wks 1 day today. I have had multiple ultrasounds with this baby due to my advanced age. At every scan, the baby has looked great and had a strong heartbeat. Two days ago, I went in to the hospital for a routine (routine for someone my age) scan. At this scan, no heartbeat was found. The baby measured less than a week off where she should have been for size. My husband and I were/are devastated.

We were sent home with 3 options: a d&c, wait for nature or induce delivery. With most of these stories, I thought the babies were so small that it would be easy to make a mistake but this one... She was misdiagnosed at 18 weeks. Crystal, did you have a tilted uterus? Were you on the hospital's "fancy" ultrasound machine or the doctor's smaller version? Any further information you could give would be VERY MUCH appreciated.

Is it really possible that I could have been misdiagnosed? :H

Forgot to add.... No miscarriage symptoms at all.
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Re: misdiagnosed at 18 weeks

Postby preg @ 40 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:02 pm

I am in need of some positive outcomes. I had 4 healthy children with my first husband. At age 37 with my current partner had a blighted ovum misscarriage @ 10 weeks, then a beautiful HEALTHY 3 yro girl (who tested positive AFP for Downs and positive ultrasounds for Downs throughout my pregnancy) then 2 more misscarriages before 12 weeks. Now I am 40 yro & 17 weeks preg and at last weeks dr. appt had a blood test for AFP and baby's heart rate was 170. Day before yesterday got a call that AFP reading came back high for NTD . So I was sent for amnio testing. @ amnio, no heartbeat was found on ultrasound when just a week ago it was 170 bpm. The Dr. and u/s tech both gave me the same answer, the baby had died one week earlier. I was kinda starting to think we were out of the misscarriage danger area, seeing as i am in my 4th month. I don't have misscarriage symptoms. I was sent home and told to contact my regular dr. after the 3-day weekend for my options . After 3 misscarriages I am still looking for a little hope.
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