LMP : May 18, 2007
Ovulation guesstimate : June 1
Tried to get pregnant : June 1, 2, 3 & 4
Positive home pregnancy test : June 15, 2007 and June 18, 2007
hCG levels : June 20, 2007 - 518, June 27, 2007 - 1949, July 10, 2007 - 52,000
Today's Date : FRIDAY, July 13th, 2007. It has been eight weeks since my LMP, and the gestational age should be six weeks.
After some MINOR spotting a few weeks ago (by minor I mean very little blood noticed after wiping when urinating) my doctor wanted to schedule a vaginal ultrasound to make sure everything was going smoothly. My hCG numbers, while falling well within the range of normal, were not rising as high as they would have liked, so there was some concern. So, this Tuesday, July 10, 2007 I had a vaginal ultrasound.
To our disappointment, the ultrasound showed an empty gestational sac, with no baby or heartbeat present. At all. I remained fairly calm and collected, knowing that this probably meant we had lost the baby and I was going to miscarry. The midwife was certain that the pregnancy was not viable, but scheduled another ultrasound (with a better machine) to confirm, as well as another blood test to read my hCG numbers, but began talking about scheduling a D&C. The blood test results came back high (52,000), but the midwife was again certain I was going to miscarry.
So, today, Friday the 13th, I went to get a second vaginal ultrasound. Expecting the worst, but of course hoping for the best, I expected to see yet another empty sac. The tech IMMEDIATELY saw a sac, WITH a REAL live baby and a REAL live HEARTBEAT and announced, "Well, you're pregnant." Even I could see the baby with the fluttering heart beating at a normal rate of 131 bpm and measured 6 weeks, 4 days.
As you can imagine my husband and I have had a roller coaster of a week and I have decided to post my story because for those few days this site gave me hope. As a realist, I knew that this could be a miscarriage, but of course still felt there might be a possibility that the first ultrasound was wrong, and it was.
My biggest problem with this was how the midwife handled the situation. Clearly, my case is not a historical one. Clearly, this happens quite often. I am somewhat disturbed with how everything transpired. Instead of immediately jumping to conclusions that I was going to have a miscarriage, she should have mentioned that this might be a miscarriage, but we should run some blood work to test your hCG levels and get another ultrasound AND go from there. Instead, she was talking about scheduling a D&C on Friday so I would have the weekend to recoup. She was absolutely convinced this was not a viable pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and diagnosed with a blighted ovum, get a second or third opinion. Get blood work drawn. Have another ultrasound performed with another machine. There are too many people out there misdiagnosed. For me, I was going to keep a ray of hope as long as my hCG numbers rose. If you are in the medical field, please THINK about how you present this information to your patients. Don't sugar coat it, but don't immediately assume the worst until all tests and procedures are exhausted.
Best of luck to all of you who have/are going through similar circumstances.