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Sac at 6 week scan, then told it was a phantom pregnancy.

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Pregnant1996 Mon 16-Oct-17 16:42:00

This post is not about myself, but since im pregnant im curious about this.
A good friend of mine found out she was pregnant a few weeks ago and booked in for an early scan, i went with her to the scan and she was told she looked to be either 5+6 or 6 weeks along, the sonographer couldnt find a heartbeat and asked her to come back in two weeks when she was a little further along.

A few days before the scan two weeks later i asked her if she wanted me to go with her for support and she told me she had attended the hospital with stomach pains the day before, they scanned her and told her she was not pregnant, was never pregnant and that it was a phantom pregnancy.

She didnt have any details on the how or why so i advised her to go to her appointment tthat week (it was at an independant sonogram and advice service) to get some information about phantom pregnancy and why she had seen a developing sac at her initial scan, but had no bleeding to implicate a miscarriage.

She agreed but the following day cancelled saying she wasnt very well, im concerned for my friend as she seems very down and even though she didnt want the pregnancy shes taking it quite hard.

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about phantom pregnancy vs early miscarriage and wether its possible she had a blighted ovum instead?
Just i researched phantom pregnancy on the dreaded google and it says everywhere there is NO developing foetus, embryo or yolk sac, just physical and psychological symptoms caused by a deep desire to, or fear of becoming pregnant.

Has anyone been through anything similar?

Hotpinkangel19 Mon 16-Oct-17 16:53:49

Are you sure she didn’t decide to have a termination?

Imonlyfuckinghuman Mon 16-Oct-17 16:55:44

I was thinking the same as pink

Leave it be

Pregnant1996 Mon 16-Oct-17 16:57:59

I considered it, but as a friend i wanted to find another option sad
She said she didnt feel comfortable telling me as im 25 weeks pregnant, and that made me think the worst...
I saw that there was something there on her scan so it has messed with my head a little! If she has had a termimation its none of my business and i kind of see why she didnt tell me, im just confused about the explanation she did give me as it sounds so illogical!

Pregnant1996 Mon 16-Oct-17 16:58:47

Youre right tho imonlyfuckinghuman, none of my business. Curiosity got to me

whyhastherumgone Mon 16-Oct-17 17:00:25

What do you mean by "as a friend you wanted to find another option?"
Just because your pregnancy is wanted doesn't mean she felt the same about her situation.

PotteringAlong Mon 16-Oct-17 17:01:22

I think you need to stop digging into this one.

steppemum Mon 16-Oct-17 17:01:46

to answer your original question, a phantom pregnancy is a non pregnancy. There is no baby, but you show many of the symptoms.

If there is any sort of baby present, (sac etc) then it is a miscarriage.

But there is obviously more than she is saying as I would imagine as you are pregnant she doesn't feel able to share to with you

Rheged Mon 16-Oct-17 17:04:19

Leave it alone. She hasn’t asked for your help and unwanted prying is never helpful.

Pregnant1996 Mon 16-Oct-17 17:05:58

Im certainly not judging her, she is a friend at the end of the day, its her body and her decision. I was just confused and curious about the possibility of what she had told me. I dont expect her to tell me if she had a termination, like i said its none of my business. I was mainly wanting to know if there could be a sac in a phantom pregnancy. Apologies if i offended anyone

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