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Chances of MC or MMC after seeing a heartbeat in an early scan...?

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chocciechip Sat 29-Jan-11 15:46:09

In the past I've had a MMC (picked up at 10 weeks, baby died at 6 weeks), and a MC at about 6 weeks. I am nearly 40 and pregnant again and this will be my first DC if all goes well. But I am scared.

I had an early scan: it was at exactly 6 weeks and this time the scan picked up a heartbeat. I know lots of people have MCs and MMC later than 6 weeks, but I was told by the nurse that seeing a heartbeat reduces the risk.

Is this true?

Apart from swollen breasts, I am symptomless (as I was in both my other PGs) - and this is really worrying me.

I am scheduled for another scan in 3 weeks, when I will be 9weeks, but the worry is weighing on me and I'm considering a private scan earlier just to put my mind at rest.

Can anyone give me facts and stats about this to help sleep better...?

Also, info online keeps mentioning the heartbeat rate; should this have been measured at my scan, or should I ask for this? How important/relevant is it to know the heartbeat rate.

Many thanks.

OrangeGloss Sat 29-Jan-11 16:23:59

Hi Choccie, so sorry for your losses. I'm afraid I can't help much except to wish you the best of luck and some statistics from mc association below. I'm sure ladies with more knowledge will be along soon, it's such a difficult, nerve-wracking time I hope you get the answers you need to reassure you

If the scan picks up a heartbeat and the baby appears to be the right size according to your dates, this can be very reassuring. Research has shown that if you see a heartbeat at 6 weeks of pregnancy, the chances of the pregnancy continuing are 78%. A heartbeat at 8 weeks increases the chance of a continuing pregnancy to 98% and at 10 weeks to 99.4%. So things could still go wrong, but as long as there is a heartbeat, the risk of miscarriage decreases as the weeks go by.

jellybeans Sat 29-Jan-11 17:34:40

According to the miscarriage association, 'Research has shown that if you see a heartbeat at 6 weeks of pregnancy, the chances of the pregnancy continuing are 78%. A heartbeat at 8 weeks increases the chance of a continuing pregnancy to 98% and at 10 weeks to 99.4%. '.

I am very sorry for your losses. I can sympathise as i have lost 4 myself and had bleeding in all my pregnancies. 2 of my losses were after 20 weeks and 2 before 12 weeks. I happily also managed to have 5 living children from 4 pregnancies despite having several conditions that all cause miscarriage. So hopefully that gives you some hope as well.

I don't think heartbeat rate is relevant at this stage to be honest but i am not a specialist. If you have had no bleeding that is a good sign. I have paid for private scans in the past as it is so hard waiting.

Also regarding symptoms, I didn't have any with some of my DC and did with others so you cannot always tell by that.

I truly hope everything is OK, there is every reason that it will be (the odds are definately on your side) and these weeks fly by for you and you can be reassured as soon as possible.

Loopymumsy Sat 29-Jan-11 17:58:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Besom Sat 29-Jan-11 18:07:38

I suspect they would have told you if the heartbeat rate was slow or weak or anything. If they said it was OK, and she said your risk was reduced then this is a good sign.

I'm another one who was not sick at all in my successful pregnancy so not necessarily a problem that.

Fingers and toes crossed for you.

chocciechip Mon 31-Jan-11 12:36:27

Thanks everyone for the feedback and information. My dh is reassured by it, but I have to admit I can't get the worry out of my head. I'm thinking an 8 week scan might help, but will see how I get on this week. No spotting, so I am taking that as a good sign.

HaveToWearHeels Mon 31-Jan-11 12:43:36

Very sorry for your loses, I had an ectopic and know the next time I was pregnant I analysed everything, so it is only natural. Only thing I can offer is that I had NO symptoms with the second pregnancy and didn't find out until I was 10 weeks as I was waiting for period to return after Ectopic. Slight nausea was my only symptom at about 10 weeks. Best of luck, let us know how you get on.

HaveToWearHeels Mon 31-Jan-11 12:44:38

Oh forgot to add I had my DD at 39 so don't let the age thing worry you

monkeybumsmum Mon 31-Jan-11 18:07:54

Hi choccie smile Well done you! Hope you don't mind me coming on here, but I was so pleased to hear your news, have been thinking about you lots and wondering how you were doing.

IME, a heartbeat at 6 weeks exactly is fantastic. That's the earliest I think you could possibly hope to see one, and so it's a really good sign! I think the heatbeat rate is something to be thinking about perhaps nearer the twelve week scan, unless is is unusually slow which would probably be pointed out. I had one like that, and it was clear the pg wasn't going to end well, but with that pregnancy they couldn't locate a heartbeat until 7 1/2 wks. I really do think it's a hugely positive sign that you've seen the HB so early on.

I have everything crossed for you, and am sending you lots of love xxx

monkeybumsmum Mon 31-Jan-11 18:09:22

it is

Soph96 Fri 12-May-17 22:22:32

I wouldn't worry, I'm 6 weeks and saw heartbeat yesterday, they're happy, I had two miscarriages last year, one natural and one complicated I had to have medical management and two surgical managements, I've never got to a point of pregnancy where I have had the baby grow enough to get a heartbeat so this one is very reassuring for me, I completely understand your worry though, I'm constantly on edge, especially for the next six weeks, good luck everyone and take care 💚

MaryShelley1818 Fri 12-May-17 23:51:22

Zombie thread!!!

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