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Empty sac - 13 weeks

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WhatIsHappening0 Fri 13-May-16 16:40:34

Hi, can anyone possibly explain to me what is happening?
I have just been for my 12 week scan, and I was supposed to be 13+2 today. I have been bleeding on and off for the last 2 days, not very heavily and had a few mild cramps but nothing severe. Passed a few clots (about 4) but all quite small (smaller than a 10p)
I have just been for a scan and sadly been informed that my sac is empty. Does this mean that I have already 'passed' the baby, or that it could have been a silent miscarriage and the baby died when it was only 5/6 weeks meaning it could be too small to show? I was too upset at the time to think logically and ask questions, and I'm not due to go back until next Friday.

Fabfeminist Fri 13-May-16 21:01:08

Hi there. This quite literally happened to me yesterday as well, also at 13 week scan. I had not had any bleeding or anything, no signs of anything wrong. I was with my husband at the scan, and the sac was empty.

From what I read and understood, the embryo likely didnt develop past 4-6 weeks, but the sac continued to grow and I still had nausea and signs of normal pregnancy until about 2 weeks ago. I thought I was lucky and the morning sickness was going away due to nearing end of 1st trimester. It was a HUGE shock to have a bump and empty belly.

I chose to take the pills yesterday to induce the miscarriage and expel the products of pregnancy. My water broke, and the sac and big clumps came out last night.

I am guessing they are waiting to see if your body is finishing the job or if you will need medical management to get it all out. It isn't easy...I am still feeling like it was a cruel trick my body played.

Good luck.

WhatIsHappening0 Sat 14-May-16 01:51:15

Thanks so much for replying. So sorry to hear you are going through this too flowers
I had been looking online after I posted and came to the conclusion that it may have been what you just suggested (blighted ovum?)
It's hit me so hard, like you, I can't understand how I can have 'a bump' but no baby. Looking back, I've said all along this pregnancy has been very different from my first, as I've felt so good this time. This obviously explains why that could have been.

Fabfeminist Sat 14-May-16 21:16:38

How are you feeling today? I am starting to get back to normalish a bit. Still having bleeding, but more like a heavyish period than anything. I went out for awhile today with my husband and almost 6yo daughter (she is my hubby's from his 1st marriage--sadly his wife passed when DD was a baby), we did a bit of shopping and had dinner/dessert. Right now I still look pregnant, which is tough. Wearing the maternity stuff I bought and wondering when I will get to wear it again. Sigh. But, starting to get a bit of energy back and wanting to hit the gym again to get in better shape pre-pregnancy for next time. Hope you are well.

FanSpamTastic Sat 14-May-16 21:35:13

I am so sorry for your losses. It happened to me too and I was absolutely devastated. I could not understand how, why etc. I was told it was called a "blighted ovum". I had to have an ERPC after as although I started bleeding after a week nothing had come away. It took me a long time to get over it. Do give yourselves time to grieve and don't forget your partner. I just wanted to give you both some hope too. My next pregnancy was fine. I had a bleed with that one at around 9 weeks. But a scan showed a heartbeat and she is now a teenager.

WhatIsHappening0 Sun 15-May-16 12:25:09

Sorry I didn't manage to reply yesterday, I had a horrendous day.
I think everything inside me came away on its own - I had awful contractions, very similar to what I experienced in labour and spent 3 hours on the toilet whilst I bled very heavily and passed some very large clots. It was really difficult but I feel in a better place today emotionally. Sorry to hear you have experienced this too fan flowers
I also still look pregnant fab, and am too hoping to make myself heather in time for another pregnancy.

jinglebellmel Wed 18-May-16 15:03:34

So sorry for your losses. I had the same, although I found out at 11 weeks and had a medically managed miscarriage last week. I understood it was most likely that the foetus never developed past 4-6 weeks due to chromosomal abnormalities, so essentially I think it never really developed at all. I feels like a cruel trick, to have spent all those weeks making plans when the baby wS never there at all feels awful.

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