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Only gestational sac seen at ?6w 1d

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Bonnella20 Wed 05-Feb-14 20:59:46

Hi ladies

I'm new here and looking for advice or positive outcomes to help me through this tough time. I went to epu last weekend after right sided groin pain, ectopic was ruled out but all she could see was a sac measuring 6 weeks. All she said was 6 weeks is a weird time and come back in 2 weeks. I'm devastated and signed off from work sick because I'm trying to deal with a possible failed pregnancy. My dates can't be off as was only with my husband for 1 week over new year as he is abroad. Can anyone help me pls sad

gamerchick Wed 05-Feb-14 21:08:44

well at 6 weeks an embryo is only about 5mm big.. that isn't much to see really. In a couple of weeks it'll be bigger and easier to see.

I probably wouldn't be worried at this early stage.. they're so tiny. Is the sac measuring wrong for your dates?

Bonnella20 Wed 05-Feb-14 21:10:12

Hi thanks for replying. I feel like I've been thrown home with no information and feel totally lost sad my sac is measuring 6 weeks which is right x

gamerchick Wed 05-Feb-14 21:19:51

what bugs me is.. I know the people who work in the anti natal business do it every day and probably forget that it may be a sensitive time for the mums to be on table. They forget that a quick chat might make all the difference to a scared woman.

If your sac is measuring right and you're getting the stretching pains in your side then I really would try not to be concerned. There isn't anything you've said that says there may be a problem and things aren't as they should be.

A couple of weeks and it's kidney bean sized or something isn't it? A lot easier to see I would think. Please try not to stress yourself out to much about it.

I hope you have a very uneventful and boring pregnancy. smile

Bonnella20 Wed 05-Feb-14 21:23:35

Thankyou very much and yes I felt like I was just another annoying patient. I've booked and paid for a private scan on Saturday but I'm scared I'm setting myself up for more disappointment.

Fingers crossed

gamerchick Thu 06-Feb-14 12:08:37

Well the thing is.. baby may not be big enough but hopefully the scanner will be able to reassure you better. I thought I'd bump this up for you.. its been a few year now since I did the baby thing.

Good luck.

Bonnella20 Thu 06-Feb-14 14:48:28

Thankyou.... Just wished I could fast forward time and see if everything is ok or if not, I need to start dealin with this if it's not good news.

bumblebeebzz Thu 06-Feb-14 15:03:13

bonnella if your dates match the scan, that is a good sign!

Four weeks ago I was in the same positions you but my sac measured two weeks behind and sadly my pregnancy had stopped developing. I don't mean to scare you, I hope I'm not. I know how you feel about being in limbo and just wanting to know what's going on.

It is entirely possible that you just can't see anything inside the sac because its so very tiny.

I have my fingers crossed for you, good luck flowers

isitme1 Thu 06-Feb-14 15:06:02

Fx for your Saturday scan
Keep us updated!

Bonnella20 Thu 06-Feb-14 15:16:00

I will let you know on Saturday but I'm thinking maybe will still be too early. Beezz I'm sorry for your loss, it's so hard. My sac is measuring correct so fx. Thankyou ladies for taking time to write I appreciate it. My husband is abroad and going through this alone xx

willitbe Thu 06-Feb-14 15:27:28

Please don't worry, the tilt of the uterus, the skill of the sonographer, the quality of the scan machine are all factors in how well early scans go.

I think that paying for a private scan so soon might not be best, if it is the tilt of your uterus then a couple of days is not going to make much difference, you will still not see much, and may just add to your fears. If you can wait till you are at least 7 weeks it would be preferable. Ideally wait til 8 weeks as at that stage you will get a clear answer.

I know being in limbo, not knowing is difficult. I can only advise you to take comfort in the fact that the sac measured correctly for dates and that today you are pregnant.

If it helps I had a scan at 7w3d which showed a small sac measuring less than 5 weeks. Yet my daughter was seen perfectly at her dating scan a few weeks later measuring correct for dates not behind. Early scans are notoriously unreliable, please try to keep positive.

Bonnella20 Thu 06-Feb-14 15:33:01

Thankyou willitbe. I'll be 7 weeks 1 day on Saturday and then I have An nhs one on 14th. I feel better reading these messages. I'm not a very positive person and it's been hard, thankyou again x

Bonnella20 Thu 06-Feb-14 15:33:23

Also she did she I had a tilted uterus x

rockin20s Thu 06-Feb-14 16:24:53

i had a scan last weekend at 7w2d, the lady gave out to me saying they don't guarantee to be able to see the heartbeat till 8 weeks with an external scan
i thought they did both internal and external and told them at booking that i would be 7w2d.

thankfully all was good and i did see the heartbeat

if the private scan you have booked this weekend is only external then you may not see anything so you may want to double check with them. my little one only measured 1.07cm, so it is very difficult for them focus in on the baby for you to see.

Bonnella20 Thu 06-Feb-14 17:13:17

I understand thankyou. I will explain when I go there. Did you hear heartbeat and/or see it? On the bigger scale when you think about it it's sooo tiny xx

Bonnella20 Fri 07-Feb-14 20:04:21

Has anyone else been in my position? I'm so nervous for tomorrow, don't think I'll sleep tonight sad x

Writerwannabe83 Fri 07-Feb-14 20:46:12

I wanted a Private Early scan because me and DH were too impatient to wait until the 12 week scan and when I rang the company they said there is no point booking the scan until I was at least 7 weeks pregnant as this is usually the earliest they can see a heartbeat. I followed their advice and booked it for when I was 7wks+2days. I was so nervous on the day but the scan was a normal abdominal one and the foetus and heartbeat were really clear.

The best of luck tomorrow - stay positive thanks

Blondebrunette1 Fri 07-Feb-14 21:03:58

I had a scan early for strong pains in my right side and turned out to be ok, I was further along (10weeks) so we saw baby and heart beat but I thought I'd say my friend had a 12 week scan with a tilted uterus and honestly it looked nothing like a baby scan it was just a blob and so unclear she was a bit disappointed but all was healthy so that's the main thing. If you have a tilted uterus I think scans are significantly less clear anyway let alone so early on. Good luck tomorrow. They told me unless there's blood with the ab pain try not to worry. My pains were severe and nothing like with my other children yet all was ok. Hope this helps xxx

22honey Sat 08-Feb-14 00:48:01

Hi I dont want to worry you, this may be long (and the chances of this happening are apparently 1 in 48,000 or something! gosh I'm unlucky) but last year I found out I was pregnant and had severe groin area pain one morning 2 days after the BFP that there was no way around other than a trip to A and E. I was scanned for an ectopic which wasnt found and a gestational sac measuring nearly 6 weeks was found in my uterus, they said it was ok for dates and I had another scan for 2 weeks time to see if the pregnancy progressed.

The pain was still coming and going at any time it pleased and was so bad I had to take FIL's painkillers (hes an opiate addict so they are strong!) and the uterine pregnancy hadnt progressed at the next scan. I was gutted and at the time thought I'd just miscarried. They scanned the painful area yet again (the same sonographer as first time) and couldnt find any ectopic either despite my pain persisting.

It was only when I was referred to a specialist EPU miles away after they found my HCG was too high for the uterine pregnancy to have been the only one and scanned by someone who knew what they were doing that they found the ectopic. This was after weeks and 2 scans specifically checking for one and I was furious! I could have died and they didnt find what was there that they were looking for in the first place!

Sorry I might have rambled a lot here! But the thing is that even when there is a problem sometimes they don't pick it up (i lost my trust with the whole scan deal after this), but the uterine pregnancy of mine only failed because of the ectopic, and its very likely you are measuring fine for dates. Not much can be seen at such an early stage. Have you been offered a follow up scan in a week or 2 to find out if the pregnancy is progressing?

I would try not to worry though its easier said than done! I found out I was pregnant again just before NYE and didnt even consider myself pregnant despite horrendous symptoms till my 12 week scan, I felt awful and in limbo full of anxiety everyday waiting, and there I was utterly shocked to see the baby in its full glory! Even now though I am worrying again about second trimester miscarriage, genetic disorders heart defects etc

Its normal to never feel completely safe after a m/c or bad experience but from what you say everything seems normal, its unlikely youll see more than a sac at this stage. Now I know why they dont do early scans usually as seeing nothing but a sac is not very convincing, it wasnt really for me when I saw the uterine sac when I had the ectopic.

Wishing you lots of luck and hope your feeling a bit better, sorry for the rambling! xxx

GingerRodgers Sat 08-Feb-14 07:36:02

Hope it all goes well for you today op. Hand hold if you need it thanks

bakingtins Sat 08-Feb-14 07:40:46

Good luck today bonella

Bonnella20 Sat 08-Feb-14 08:24:43

Thankyou all for replies, will know in under 2 hours. Will update everyone then xx

Peacenquiet2 Sat 08-Feb-14 08:35:07

Only just seen this post but wanted to add that i had pains and bled at 5/6 weeks and got early scan. Only saw sac and no baby but at a 7 week scan a week later there was a flashing heart beat and i had a healthy baby. Good luck today x

bumblebeebzz Sat 08-Feb-14 08:47:23

thinking of you today bonnella flowers

Bonnella20 Sat 08-Feb-14 08:47:57

Aw thankyou peace! I had an email from scan place this morning saying to contact them regarding my scan and now I'm terrified they will try cancel or change it, it's been 7 days from hell waiting to find out. I'm so happy yours is a good ending, I pray mine will be too xx

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