My name is Teresa. I am 39 and had tubal reversal in December of 2004. When I got a +HPT on April 12th, I immediately made a dr. appointment and got it confirmed at 11 DPO with a beta of 26. I had my first u/s at 5 weeks 3 days to confirm that the pregnancy was not in a tube since I am at higher risk due to my reversal. There was a nice little sac in the uterus but the dr thought we should see more. The next week, at 6 weeks 3 days we saw a yolk sac and a gestational sac that had grown appropriately but the dr thougt we should have seen the fetal pole and was not pleased. I went back at 7 weeks 3 days and there was NOTHING in the sac. It had grown to 25.4 mm but there was nothing in it. The dr. prepared me for a m/c and I was devestated but determined to seek a 2nd opinion due to the dr.'s negative attitude throughout my pregnancy.
I saw a new dr. at 8 weeks 1 day and the disappearing yolk sac was back and had a tiny fetal pole measuring .16 cm next to it. The dr. said there was no way it was an 8 week pregnancy and I told him I knew exactly when I ovulated because I was charting etc. He told me to come back in a week and ordered some betas. The first one was 107,900, the second was 102,000+. Not good news I didn't think but at 8 weeks I heard your betas can start to drop and that is normal. In the mean time the morning sickness really kicks in.
So I go back at 9 weeks 2 days for yet another u/s fully expecting to see a deteriorating sac and I was prepared to talk about options to move it along.
Immediately the nurse midwife detected a flicker and began measuring something. I could not even speak but just kept staring and tryong to understand what I was seeing. I never really saw the flicker but my husband and the midwife did and I took their word for it. The baby had grown from .16 cm to .78 cm in one weeks time and had a flicker of a heartbeat to weak to hear.
The measurement was consistent with a 6 week 5 day pregnancy but I was suppose to be 9 weeks 2 days according to my ovulation date. The midwife said no, this heart has only been beating a day or two at most and so can only be 6 weeks 5 days give or take a day or two. I said that is not possible and she said it is. I told her I had a positive pregnancy test at 9 days post ovulation and doubling betas every single blood draw except that last one that declined. She said I had to have conceived twice and lost the first pregnancy, which could be consistent with the ultrasound results we received at 7 weeks 3 days (When the sac appeared empty where before there had been a yolk).
So I don't know that I was really misdiagnosed but I do know that if I had rushed into a D&C I wouldn't have found that heartbeat yesterday. Miracles can and do happen and our baby is living proof of that. I never spotted at all.
Hope this brings some hope to someone. My husband fasted and prayed for me and our little one. I believe in the power of prayer.