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Could I have conceived just before d&e 4wks post mc and the baby survive?

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rb30 Fri 06-Jun-14 16:31:52

So the title may be confusing but here's the story...I found out I was pregnant back in march. Baby was growing well, had strong heartbeat, and then on 23April I find out babe had no heart beat. I should have been about 10 weeks. Day after (24th) I had medical management as just couldn't take the trauma of prolonging it (esp as this is my 4th mc). 2 weeks later I had a scan and they could still see some retained products. A week after that I went for scan and had hcg measured (15 May and hcg was 825) and again could see the retained products, so they booked me in for a d&e (the vacuum) on 20th may. I did a pregnancy test day before d&c and it was negative. Me and hubby dtd in between those dates inc the day before d&e and yes it was unprotected but as I was having d&e I didn't think anything of it. Soon after d&c I did have strange symptoms like itchy legs and tummy, my husband smelling, fatigue - the usual symptoms of pregnancy for me but I blamed it the hormones being messed around with because of d&e. Anyway last night I was getting ready to go gym. As I was getting changed I noticed a line going from my belly button downwards (like you normally get in your second trimester). So I thought I'd do another pregnancy test. And it was positive!!!!!!! I'm totally baffled! Is it possible that I still have pregnancy hormones 6weeks after the whole process started? Or even worse is it possible I conceived and the fertilised egg was still in Fallopian tube when I had d&e? It's been exactly 6 weeks when I had the medical managed and baby/ placenta passed...I saw it. My hcg levels on 15th May were 825. It can't possibly take 3wks for 825 to come to zero when it takes only a matter of days for it increase by tens of thousands of units! Hmmmm very baffling....any advice would be appreciated.

squizita Fri 06-Jun-14 17:29:06

Do see a GP. Retained materials can push up hcg after it has fallen, you want to rule that out!

Sorry for your loss.

rb30 Fri 06-Jun-14 18:36:41

Yeh it really might just be retained products but that was the whole reason for the d&c. I won't be happy if after the d&c the doc didn't clear everything. It's my second procedure for this mc! Just never ending!!

rb30 Fri 06-Jun-14 18:37:09

And ps thank you

squizita Fri 06-Jun-14 19:41:21

I had one which dragged on for months... Sometimes it just happens... No long term harm done, am now pregnant 26 weeks, a year later!

Marnierose Fri 06-Jun-14 19:48:13

They usually get you to test 2 weeks post d&c to rule out retained products. D&c is a blind procedure so it's possible there could be something left. Having said that I conceived straight away following my d&c so it is very possible. smile fingers crossed op and sorry for what you have been through.

AnnaKissed Sat 07-Jun-14 18:42:36

Something similar happened to me. The doctors thought I had retained products following a medically managed miscarriage but it turned out to be a new pregnancy, conceived before I had a period after the mc. I'm only about 7 weeks now, so too early to say if it's viable. For me, it was confirmed by rising hcg levels, I had tests every 48 hours. One hcg level (ie the home pregnancy test) doesn't tell you a lot in this case, after a miscarriage, you need to see if it is rising and how quickly.

I suggest you post on the miscarriage boards, there are some very knowledgeable people there.

But physically it seems possible. A d+c only clears out your womb and if you had only dtd the night before, the fertilised egg wouldn't be there yet ( I think? )

willitbe Sat 07-Jun-14 20:55:16

You say you had a negative test the day before your d&e, and now you have a positive test, there are really only two explanations in my opinion:

1) the d&e was not successful and you have further retained product in terms of retained placenta material still producing hcg,

2) you ovulated around or shortly after the d&c, and the sperm were there ready and waiting and you conceived straight after.

The only issue here is that the d&c would have reduced the womb lining, and this would make it difficult for implantation. Though not impossible.

Really now it is important for you to get a scan to be able to know what is going on. Although the scan at this point may be a little difficult as if you are pregnant you would only be in the early stages and difficult to see much. But in case it is retained products still, then really it is important to go back, you would not want to risk infection. I hope that you get good news!

rb30 Sat 07-Jun-14 23:35:55

Thank you all so much for the advice. I called the epau I've been seeing the last couple of pregnancies (Gosh it's become all so clinical now sad ) and they said to test again in a week and then go in to have hcg monitored if pregnancy tests come back positive. Not ready to be pregnant again so hoping it's not. I really needed to start my period so that I could see the specialist I'm due to see in a couple weeks...thanks for all the advice everyone, and also can't dust to you pregnant ladies. Fingers crossed for xxxx

allisgood1 Sat 07-Jun-14 23:55:45

The fact that you had a negative test before your surgery indicates this is a new pregnancy. Sorry for your loss and best of luck this time round smilesmile

rb30 Sun 08-Jun-14 18:28:24

Sorry that was meant to say baby dust to you all not "can't dust"!! Autocorrect on iphone

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