Disappointing ultrasound & test results – don't know what to think

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m really sorry you’re going through this. I’ll share my story, though it doesn’t have a happy ending.

I went in for my first ultrasound at 7 weeks, and there was a fetal pole with a heartbeat, but it was only measuring 5w5d. I went in again the next day, and it was 6w1d with a hb of 115. My doctor blew an awful lot of smoke up my ass and said that I was probably just wrong about my dates. I was positive about my dates, though. Went back at 9w5d and baby was measuring 8w1d with a hb of 111. Then I went back at 11 weeks and the baby no longer had a heartbeat. We found out later that he had triploidy. 

If you were charting your cycles and are pretty sure about when you ovulated and conceived, I have to say I don’t think this is a good sign. (I’m not a doctor, just someone who did a shitload of research when this was happening to me.) If you aren’t sure about your dates, there’s definitely a chance that you just ovulated late. I’ve definitely read that HCG doesn’t double every 48 hours after a certain point, so I wouldn’t worry just based on those numbers. But to be realistic, if your doctor is concerned about your progesterone number, then it’s probably reasonable to be concerned. 

There’s also a possibility that you just have a retroverted uterus and he just can’t get a good read on the measurements or visualize the fetal pole. I have my fingers crossed that this is just a fluke and your next appointment shows a perfect, healthy baby measuring on track. 

 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

mojitolady:  Unfortunately early pregnancy is a lot of wait and see.  I’ve had two miscarriages, one at about 5.5 weeks, one at 9.  The first one it was a lot of what you’re going through, keep testing numbers, (which were super low) and go for an ultrasound once i started spotting, saw no sack.  The second was a dating ultrasound at 9 weeks where the babies had stopped growing at 8w6d, that one ended with a d&c. 

The only thing that you can do is try not to stress (i know pretty much impossible, I found the limbo periods super hard and frustrating) and wait and see what your next ultrasound is.  I’ve never been on progesterone, but I’ve seen many bee’s be put on it for low levels to help the pregnancy, it may or may not help but might make you feel less helpless. 

There’s quite a few people who have had miscarriages here and a few boards dedicated to them, take a look at them, the stories on there are helpful to get an idea of what you might go through and different options out there.  I’ve found them really helpful. 

FX that everything is ok next week. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had a pregnancy that stopped devoping around 8-9 weeks.  I had to have a D&C because I did not miscarry naturally.  That was my second pregnancy.  I already had a healthy son.  I conceived about 6-8 weeks after my D&C.

Hopefully your pregnancy will continue to progress.  If it doesn’t, there is hope.  It is very sad to miscarry. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

mojitolady:  Well, if you ovulated on CD 18 then you’re already making up four of the days between what you expect to be based on your period (7w1d) and where your scan showed you to be (5w4d). Ultrasounds do have a margin of error of at least 2 to 3 days, and some are more like 6 days. So you might not be as far off from where you should be as it might seem. 

I’ve also read a lot of positive stories on http://www.misdiagnosedmiscarriage.com from women with tilted uteri who thought they were going to have a miscarriage but turned out to be fine. 

This limbo is just incredibly tough. To be honest, I felt some level of relief when I knew my pregnancy was over for sure – I was devastated, of course, but at least I wasn’t just WAITING anymore. It’s just torture, and I’m so sorry you have to go through it. 

It’s tough to stay positive while being realistic at the same time, but I hope you can try to think positively for now. 

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