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No heartbeat at 7 weeks on vag scan

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Star23 Fri 27-Jun-08 12:43:16

Found out last week there was no heartbeat on scan,was 8 weeks complete but scan showed 7weeks.

The tech did not tell me anything about size of foetus or anything else so was absolutely devastated.

I had had an ectopic in 06 & conceived this year after so much trouble & hav been crying a lot after hearing this news.

They only gave me options for further management,but I asked to be seen by a consultant & they were reluctant.
Then the nurse on EPU offered to make an appmt for a further scan which is for today.

Absolutely stressed out,been off work from last week & been resting & crying most of the time.

Keeping fingers crossed & would like to kno if anyone going thru same situation,would like to talk about it.

AnAngelWithin Fri 27-Jun-08 12:45:37

i had this nearly 3 years ago. hormone levels werent going up enough either, and was offered another scan a week later to confirm that the baby had gone.....but still resulted in dd2 being in there hanging on! there is still hope.

how do you feel in yourself? when is your scan?

thinking of you x x

Aitch Fri 27-Jun-08 12:46:12

oh sweetheart, i'm so sorry. i had ectopics before dd, i know how devastating it is when that second pregnancy, the one you pin all your hopes on, doesn't work out.
i'm afraid i don't know anything about miscarriage, so i'm sure that other women will be along to tell you what happens next, but you have my sincere sympathy. such rotten luck, it's not fair. sad

Aitch Fri 27-Jun-08 12:47:07

although angel's story still might mean there's some hope, which would be great. sorry, i thought you'd been told you'd miscarry, sorry if i got that wrong.

BlueDragonfly Fri 27-Jun-08 12:51:41

thinking of you x
are they doing blood tests too?

roquefortlover Fri 27-Jun-08 13:19:36

iI, you have my greatest sympathy - I know how hard this situation is, am in a similar position myself. 10 days ago when I was 6+5 had scan because of spotting and they saw no heartbeat or fetal pole, which they said was consistent with me being 5 wks. They then told me to come back in 2 wks for another scan which will be next Wednesday. When I asked they said they couldn't say for sure but that they would have expected to see more given my dates (am sure of dates btw) and so it didn't look good...

I am finding the waiting very hard, and have started spotting again today sad. Still feeling sick and tired too.

I had a chemical preg in early March and it is upsetting it going wrong again - I am lucky as I already have dcs but would love another and time is running out for me (I am 41 nearly).

I hope this works out for you and am thinking of you.

roquefortlover Fri 27-Jun-08 13:20:45

Or even Hi - terrible typist, me...

Hope2008 Fri 27-Jun-08 14:40:17

So sorry to hear your news. I had a m/c at 11.5 weeks and had my scan showing no baby. I felt my whole world had crumbled around me and thought "why me". It is just heartbreaking. To give you hope 2 years later and after 8 months of trying I am now 8 weks pregnant again and just been for my reassurance scan. Wonderful to see my baby but hard not to have the negative thoughts creep in of the fact "will it happen again". Lean on your partner, one thing is true it certainly brings you closer together. Hang in there. x

NoNickname Fri 27-Jun-08 14:49:24

Hi Star - I'm in a similar position, although, unlike you, I am very certain I will miscarry. I had a scan a week ago - at 7 weeks, which showed no yolk sac or foetal pole. I agreed to an ERPC, but changed my mind and am now waiting to mc naturally. I had some brown spotting one night a couple of days ago, but apart from that I still feel quite pg (nausea, tiredness, sore boobs, etc.) so it could be a while before I mc as my hormones seem to still be telling me I am pg. (Which is a bit unfair really sad)

I don't want to get your hopes up, but there is a possibility that you are pg, but that your dates are wrong. However, it may be best to expect the worst, just in case. Whatever the outcome from today's scan, I wish you all the best.

Roquefortlover - am also 41 and this is my 2nd mc, so understand exactly how you feel too. I am very grateful for my lovely ds, but had hoped I could give him a sibling.

AnAngelWithin Fri 27-Jun-08 16:56:44

star how are you?

Flibbertyjibbet Fri 27-Jun-08 17:10:02

Hi I'm sorry you are having this heartbreak.
I had the same thing at 10 weeks, aged 40 after years of trying. The baby was about 9 weeks.
It was a horrible time and I can only say that 5 years later I now have my 3yo and 2 yo boys. But at the time I felt a miscarriage was going to be my only experience of pregnancy.
Is there a reason why you wanted to see a consultant, and are you having another scan to try and find a heartbeat?
Sorry to be blunt but,

If the options you have been given for management are wait, medical management by pill and pessary, or d&c, then from my own upsetting experience I would have a d&c.

Nonickname - I had my babies at 42 and 43 so don't give up hope.

ilovethecake Thu 03-Jul-08 20:14:58

Star, how are you doing?

puremommy Mon 01-Dec-08 02:01:05

I, too, am going through a similar situation. I am 44 years old and went in for first doctor's appointment. They did an transvaginal ultrasound to see the heartbeat and doctor said there was none. Then she said if there is a heartbeat it is failing!
What does that mean?
I am supposed to be at 8 weeks and ultrasound measured 7 weeks. She told me to come back in 1 week for another ultrasound.
Should I go back so soon? I am wondering if I should wait 2 or 3 weeks in case the dates are off??? I am miserable thinking about it. Does anyone have advice?

treedelivery Mon 01-Dec-08 03:26:11

Bless you all.

puremommy - go back for your scan. It is possible the dates are off but generally by measuring the length of the gestation sac they have a very accurate dating method. It's ususally possible to see that the pregnancy may well be further along in time, but that irregular shape and volume suggests a problem.

The guidelines for management suggest weekly scanning and so the plan is correct. If the sonographer has any reason, s/he will ask you back for futher scans.

When would 2nd scan be? Big hugs

Hope your ok Star23? x

Shazz77 Thu 18-Dec-08 05:36:34

Hi. I am going through a similar situation as well. I just had my 9 week scan this morning and was told there is only a gestational sac and no yolk sac. I was told to expect to mc in a few weeks. I am utterly devastated! This was my 2nd scan, first was at 4 weeks and showed nothing so the Doc is positive the dates are not wrong and I will definitely mc. I still feel pregnant and have had no signs whatsoever of mc, in fact this is my 2nd pregnancy and has been exactly the same as my son is now almost 5 and beautiful and healthy! I am trying to come to terms with what I was told earlier.

Isis1 Fri 08-May-09 18:35:41

I have just come back from my 10 week scan to be told that the baby has died. I feel so devastated as I saw a heart beat at 6.5 weeks and was so sure that it was all going to be fine. I'm 40 years old and this was my second IVF attempt.

Can anyone tell me positive stories to give me hope.

I also have to either wait to miscarry naturally or have a d&c - can anyone give advice?

Northernlurker Fri 08-May-09 18:42:44

Isis - I'm very sorry to read that. Regarding what steps you take now - what is your gut instinct? I understand that a 'natural' miscarriage may involve heavy blood loss and be quite scary but on the otherhand it does keep you (hopefully) out of hospital and allow you to mentally process what's happened at perhaps a slower pace but you also have to wait for it to happen, not knowing when it will and I imagine that can be quite stressful. A d&c may gave you more finality but it also puts you in the hands of the medical profession and that may not be what you need right now?

Much sympathy for you and your other half, things must seem very dark to you just now but this doesn't mean you will never have a baby. All the best.

Lilybunny Fri 08-May-09 19:29:07

Hi Isis, just spotted your sad post. I'm so sorry for your loss. It is a heart breaking thing to go through and it will take a while to start to feel better but you will. My baby died at 8 weeks and I found out at 9 weeks as I had been bleeding heavily. As I was already bleeding I opted to let my body get on and do it's own thing, which thankfully happened the next day. You can bleed heavily when you miscarry but it is rarely a big problem unless it is severe. I'm sure you've been given the options - usually - wait for it to happen naturally, go in and try tablets (usually have a tablet to start things off and then 2 days later go in to stay for about 12 hours or so until everything has passed) or lastly to have a d&c. What you decide to do is a very personal thing. I would say that it often depends on how recently the ultrasonographer thinks the baby passed away. If has been a little while and you haven't spontaneously miscarried already sometimes it can be a long time to wait (no guarantees though). If you opt for wait and see you can always change your mind at anytime , personally I decided to wait and see for a week and would have then gone in for the tablets but I was fortunate that I didn't need to wait long. Ultimately you just need to do what is right for you. I'm certain that the nurses on the local gynae ward/ midwives would happily go over you options with you again, as it can be a lot to take in when you first find out. Best wishes Isis, I'll be thinking of you.

ray81 Fri 08-May-09 20:11:08


I had a scan yesterday and was told my baby died at 8 weeks i am meant to be 10.
we have been ttc for 5yrs and this is our 4th mc so am devastated i have opted for the d and c as need to get it over with so i can move on.

amelied Sat 09-May-09 19:32:49

Ray81 im so sorry sweetheart.

You gave me kind words after my third miscarriage.

I hope the future is brighter

Isis1 Sun 10-May-09 17:48:45

Hi Ray81,

I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. I know how devastating it is. We've been trying for years and then opted for IVF. The first cycle failed and then I got pregnant on my second cycle. We were over the moon when we found out I was pregnant, I have never felt so happy and then I found out on Friday that the baby had died at 8 weeks. I had absolutely no idea - it was the biggest shock and heart breaking. I have also opted for a D and C. Like you, I need to be able to move on.

All you can do is have faith and keep believing that your time will come.

Best wishes to you for the future

Wishing2bamom Sat 23-May-09 22:04:06

After reading some of the posts on this board I felt that I had found a comforting place. I am 41 and after 3 failed attempts finally became pregnant from a FET. On my first appointment at the fertility clinic I saw the heartbeat...I was 6wks 5days. My first OB appointment was May 15, 2009 and the doctor said there was no heartbeat. I was 8wks 1day. My world came crashing in and I sit here wondering if my dreams will ever come true. I still haven't miscarried the baby over a weeks later and that scares me. We have two frozen embryos left and I am hoping that I get a BFP or else I will have to do another fresh cycle.
Being 41 I felt very alone and was so glad to see that there are older moms like me on here and that they have had successes even after a miscarriage.
Thanks for giving me hope.

mazzagrant Sun 09-Jan-11 23:43:06

Hi there. I'm just going through a miscarriage. I started spotting when I was just under 8 weeks, which turned into bleeding. A scan showed that the baby was only 5-6 weeks so either my dates were wrong or the baby had stopped growing. I was told to come back in a week. When I went back the bleeding had become much heavier but no clots had passed. (Having had 2 previous miscarriages, this was the bit I was waiting for and dreading). I was then seen by a consultant who didn't scan me. He said I was obvioulsy miscarrying and there wasn't a lot that could be done. He did an internal and "cleared" away some tissue. I came back an hour later and he "cleared" some more tissue. Not pleasant, very very upsetting and emotional and all dignity gone. Now, 5 days later I'm still bleeding and I'm kicking myself for being so compliant. I wasn't offered a scan or a blood test or even a pregnancy test. I'm pretty sure that I was losing the baby, but now I feel that this just isn't right. And to make matters worse, I'm still bleeding and this pains still isn't over. Has anybody had similar experiences? You're just so emotionally wrecked that you do anything the doctors tell you, but now I wish I'd been a bit more with it and demanded a scan before he did his mini D&C. Sorry I'm ranting, it's been a painful week or so.

Eloise86 Fri 21-Oct-11 12:53:01

I'm 41 and was so happy to be pregnant with my first child but that now seems like a lovely dream which has now been shattered. I started bleeding a little after being sick with a virus for weeks and thought I should get it checked out, I also had stabbing pains in my groin. The doc send me for a scan to check for a heartbeat. As I lay there and the nurse stared at the scan on the screen in silence I just knew she would say there is no heartbeat and she did. I have been told to go back for another scan in a week to be sure. I'm 8 weeks but the scan only picks up 6 1/2 weeks, I feel sick with worry and dread, I don't feel pregnant any more like I did and think this is it. She said that I may miscarry before the next ultrasound, so be ready. I am dreading every day now and very emotional, I don't think the scan will pick up anything second time around and want to miscarry naturally but don't really know what to expect.

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