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Anembryonic Pregnancy

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Hayley220 Mon 08-May-17 14:07:37

Hi everyone

Sadly I found out at an early scan (booked by my midwife early by mistake) at 10 weeks that I have an empty sac around 6 weeks.

For 9 days in between the 2nd scan they could not rule out ectopic. They said it's not though so hopefully it is anembryonic.

I'm now just over 11 weeks and I have been cramping on and off period type pains for 4 days. No bleeding or spotting though.

I'm hoping things happen naturally but is there a chance it won't? I really don't want any intervention.

I am so frightened of what the pain will be like and how much bleeding there will be.

Just looking for some reassurance.

Thankyou x

Hayley220 Tue 09-May-17 17:31:59

I'm having very very light pink discharge and more cramps.. how long did you cramp before you started to bleed? I rang the hospital and they told me everyone is different and let me see if nature takes its course. Someone please give me some advice x

silkpyjamasallday Tue 09-May-17 18:00:28

I'm so sorry OP flowers, I have no experience, bumping this so someone who knows can help.

Thingymaboob Tue 09-May-17 23:02:46

Sorry for your loss. It's likely that if the pregnancy is measuring 6 weeks, it will feel like a heavy period. I miscarried at 6 weeks after investigations for ectopic last year. They'll measure your HCG levels and if they're dropping, you should miscarry naturally. If not, you have options and they're not too bad. Take care x

sexymommy Wed 10-May-17 00:46:29

10 times worse then the most horrendous period pains u have had I had my husband and best male friend holding my hands through the agony the pelvic exam was the worst part I bled for 2 weeks and must have ovulated straight away cause the next month I was expecting again I was about 10 weeks when I miscarried but had a little boy on my next cycle

Hayley220 Wed 10-May-17 08:34:19

Thanks for replying.

If I am cramping is miscarriage inevitable? I mean will I definitely miscarry myself without needing a d&c?

sexymommy Wed 10-May-17 09:52:29

I was barely 18 when i miscarried I remember extreme cramping for about 16 hours before my complete miscarriage i didn't need a DNc but doctors said that I was lucky hope ur lucky 2 I will never have another pelvic exam in my life though and make sure u have lots of support my now inlaws at the time we're the opposite of supportive

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Wed 10-May-17 09:59:05

Just to put a slightly more positive spin on things than sexymommy (hmm) - I didn't miscarry naturally so had a D&C, which was painless (unless you could the needle when being put under!) and uncomplicated.

My sympathies and the best of luck flowers.

GinnyBaker Wed 10-May-17 10:07:51

I'm so sorry OP.

The waiting is so hard.

In my experience there is no way to tell whether things will progress naturally or not. Sometimes things just don't ramp up or you can start to miscarry without the miscarriage being complete and have to have some help to finish this process. However, sometimes that can be a relief to know that things can be finally over. And surgical management is painless, honestly.

If you do miscarry at home, for me at 6 weeks stage of growth, it was much heavier than a period, and more painful. Your doctor can give you some painkillers to help, and you will need thick pads, maybe a hot water bottle, and distracting things like dvd box sets and stuff like that. I was told not to get in the bath because of risk of infection.

Its shit, I'm sorry flowers

ChilliMum Wed 10-May-17 10:21:04

HI, I am so sorry you find yourself in this position. It's shit.

I know it's natural to want to avoid intervention at such a distressing time but please keep an open mind.

I have had a natural miscarriage and a dnc (both around 10 weeks but baby stopped growing around 6 - 8). Neither were particularly physically painful but emotionally the natural one was a longer ordeal and a more upsetting experience. I preferred the dnc as it is over and done with within the day.

flowers for you.

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Wed 10-May-17 10:32:19

OP, weirdly I could have written your thread as the details are v similar. I also miscarried and passed the sac on Sunday 10 May 2015.

Told at early scan at 8 weeks that baby died around 6 weeks. Miscarried naturally at 11 weeks. So roughly 5 weeks from my baby dying and me miscarrying.

Started bleeding / spotting on the Thursday. Spotted bit more on the Friday. Saturday hardly anything. On the Sunday started bleeding like a period with mild period type cramps. By late afternoon was contracting, breathing through waves of pain, passed lots of large clots and passed sac (looked like a kidney bean) around 7pm. Pain and clots eased, but I bled like a period for around a week.

I just wanted to share my story. Best wishes flowers

Hayley220 Thu 11-May-17 10:35:54

Thankyou for all your replies.

I am getting so frustrated with my body for not miscarrying.

I have been cramping for a week - what does this mean? I'm starting to worry.

I will give myself a cut off point for a d&c if things don't happen. But I am worried as they want to give me 2 drugs before the d&c which cause side affects, nausea, committing, dioreah etc. I would rather not have any of that!!!

GinnyBaker Thu 11-May-17 10:57:36

Are the drugs designed to help your body miscarry? I don't know about this as I was never offered this option.

You can refuse any treatment that isn't appropriate for you.

I think a cut off point for a surgical management is a really good idea because at least you have an end point and psychologically the waiting is so hard, and you have already had a wait between the two scans, maybe you could mention that to them to push to go straight to surgical management if the time comes

Hayley220 Thu 11-May-17 14:25:28

They say in my leaflet about 2 drugs to open the cervix before the d&c. Have you heard of this? I would concider another hospital if this can be avoided.

GinnyBaker Thu 11-May-17 14:31:23

No, I didn't have that. I've had 3 d&c but the last one was 3 years ago so it may be I'm out of date, though?

Hayley220 Thu 11-May-17 14:42:02

It says in my leaflet gemeprost is given to soften the cervix prior to the operation. And then lists all the side affects! Hope not every hospital is the same xx

GinnyBaker Thu 11-May-17 14:55:46

I'll bump this thread this evening when more people are about and hopefully someone who knows more than me will be able to give you more info. Hows the cramping today?

Hayley220 Thu 11-May-17 15:26:59

Thanks GinnyBaker. Still the same just light cramps which I have had a week now, they come and go and are in my back similar to period pain. My hcg was 28,000 then dropped to 25,000 then 22,000 but this was 11 days ago. I do wonder what it would be now.

GinnyBaker Thu 11-May-17 19:28:12

bump xx

Hayley220 Thu 11-May-17 20:42:04

Spotting now.. more noticeable. X

Lixon Thu 11-May-17 21:01:06

I'm sorry to hear about your loss Hayley and your Ongoing wait. It sounds as though the process may have started and I hope that your waiting is over/you don't need to consider other options but just to say that I had the suppositories you mention to open my cervix before a TFMR in February and there were no side effects for me beyond a small amount of cramping. It's just a few hours before the surgery so wouldn't have thought many people have time to develop severe reactions but worth speaking to your doctor if this is your main concern.

Thinking of you.

Hayley220 Thu 11-May-17 23:22:57

Hi Lixon, ok thanks that does make me feel better to know you had them and were ok with them.

My hospital said about me being awake while having a MVA, anyone had any experience with this?

I'm spotting now as I said so I think it will happen naturally (hopefully) it's a relief but also I am scared of the unknown xx

GinnyBaker Fri 12-May-17 08:49:40

How are you today, lovely?

jimijack Fri 12-May-17 08:59:30

Hi, I've had 6 of these.
I knew around 6 weeks, sometimes it all came away at 7-8 weeks but one I knew at 7 weeks but did not start bleeding or pain until 13 weeks.

I needed morphine and gas and air. It was not like a heavy period it was Labour pains. Co codamol did not control my pain. With each one.

Don't be afraid to go to a& e if it gets unbearable. I wasn't always believed, but as soon as it came away, usually took 6-12 hour's the pain stopped.

Hayley220 Fri 12-May-17 11:22:31

Hi ginnybaker I'm feeling ok thanks just little cramps and still spotting so I am just waiting for the pain to get worse. The more things I read then more scared I get hmmblush thanks for asking how I am doing.

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