7 weeks pregnant, first ultrasound: yolk sac visible but no baby no heartbeat seen
I'm 7 weeks and 6 days pregnant (according to an app) based on my lmp. I had confirmed my pregnancy by 5 hpts and 1 blood test. Today was my first visit with the OB. We did the ultrasound, we saw the uterus and yolk sac but no fetal pole. I asked the doctor if it indicates an ectopic pregnancy and the doctor said that the yolk sac is inside the uterus so that eliminates that. We had to do a blood test today to check if the hormone that the baby makes is there and also another blood test on monday to show an increase because there should be an increase on that. I won't really know the results until Tuesday. The problem is today is Friday and that means I will have the whole weekend to try not to think about it. But you guys know how hard that could be. So I would like to ask or hear anyone who was on the same boat as me... I want to hear all the possible explanation of why we didn't see a baby today. Could my dates be off even though I know when my last period was? I just need some sort of answers now. The doctor said that we just need to wait for the test result as of right now it's 50/50. I could have a baby or I might not have a baby. We'll know more next week. But again, if you had a similar experience, please let me know what happened. Thank you. *Update* It's now Tuesday we got the blood test result. The doctor's office advised me that my hormone levels are rising but did not double up. I was assured that I'm still very pregnant. But they want to make sure if my pregnancy is still viable. I am doing another blood test tomorrow and will hear from them on Thursday for the results. If the numbers are still rising or is good, then they said I will have to come in for another ultrasound. I will try to update this post later. *Update* 4/30/19 More blood tests were done and showed that my HCG levels were rising but did not double up. Today I was at the doctor's office and was told after a second scan that my pregnancy is viable. This time we did see the fetal pole and the yolk sac. They think that the baby had stopped growing and had recommended I do a D&C tomorrow. They told me that I can also wait for the natural miscarriage. I asked if there was no chance at all that we could wait and maybe hear the heartbeat. He said absolutely no chance at all. I know what he said and I may sound like a crazy lady. But I do not want to be the one who will actively remove this baby. I really want to wait for my body to run it's course and naturally have a miscarriage. Yes, I have read several articles of misdiagnosis. So that has been part of my fear too. I will try to update this once this chapter of my life has concluded. is it sad that I'm still hoping for a miracle? I think we all wish that right? *Update* 11/12/19 It's been months. I'm sorry for the super late post. I had to take some time to process it and also tried to put emotions aside... then had to deal with it again. As you may have expected, I lost the baby. I didn't do the D&C procedure that they had advised me to go thru. I couldn't do it that way as I felt like I was assisting in trying to remove the baby. I know it was still tiny inside me, but just hearing the words from the doctor saying "it looks like your body is not letting go." It hit me... Yes, my body won't even let it go. It's not ready to face this loss yet. Because of my decision of waiting for a natural miscarriage, they had to continually check on me and see if my HCG levels were going down. So I had to do more bloodwork. A few days later I started bleeding. As first glance of seeing blood, I went straight to the shower and just sat in the corner and just cried. Hubby came with me and just let me cry. I felt so helpless. I wanted to really save my baby - but it was already happening. All my hope being washed away down the drain - literally! I thought this was it. No, I was wrong. This was only the beginning. I was able to get pads and just lay on the bed. I continued to bleed.. and about 2 days later, in the middle of night, I woke up with pain in my abdomen. I felt that my bleeding got really strong and heavy. I went to the bathroom, sat on the toilet seat, and trying to fold myself in half because of the pain. Then, I felt it. Something came out. I don't want to look. But I still looked down. Nothing I could see but just blood. In a way, I felt relieved that I couldn't see anything with all that blood. I stayed there for a bit -- trying to process this. Still in pain. I timed myself on how much bleeding was happening to see if I needed to go to the ER. Googled how much bleeding was still normal. I seemed to still be on the normal range. The pain subsided eventually hours later. The bleeding became more moderate. I thought the bleeding would be ending soon. But it actually continued and I was actually bleeding for about 2 weeks. I know I could have done the D&C as that would have made it get thru this faster. But here's what I was worried about... sure my body would have healed faster that way. But my mental and emotional state needed time to process this. So going thru that, even the pain, it did help me keep my mental health and emotional state at a normal level -- yes I did cry, and I still do cry about it every now and then. But just imagine if I just did it right away, I would have had too many what ifs and regrets. This way, it happened naturally and I was able to understand and accept it better. But I DO NOT suggest you do the same thing if you're experiencing the same thing as I did. You need to be able to decide for yourself. Mine, I felt I had to do it this way because it's what I could only do to be able to be ok afterwards. However, I do want to tell you that I might not do it the same way next time. I mean, I do wish that the next time I get pregnant, then I hope to be able to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. But if it happens again, I might actually do the D&C, or I might wait for a natural miscarriage. It will all depend on how I feel by that time. But I do hope that I won't have to go thru this again. To answer some questions that I found on the comments section: IVF / Fertility - NO we didn't go to a fertility doctor. We did it the old fashion way. but I did calculate it a bit on when we have better chances. So I was actually surprised that I did get pregnant. I did ask my OBGYN on how I can get pregnant again, he just told me to just do what I did the last time I got pregnant. lol It did make me laugh. What happened after: After all that bleeding, my doctor wanted me to continue doing blood tests to make sure my HCG level was "0" so I had to do more blood tests that I feel like I should have gotten a rewards card and get the 10th one free! lol I'm sorry for so much graphic details and also for sharing my feelings. I just wanted to share an update. After reading so many other stories in the comment section, I felt that I had to let you know what has happened to me. I do want you to know that I haven't lost hope. We will try again. Actually, 2 months after my miscarriage, I was so ready to be pregnant again that I was trying to rush it. Got negative a few weeks after, so I was so focused on trying to get pregnant again. But it was stressing both of us out -- so we both decided to give it time. So now we're not even trying. We just needed to heal and process it.. then try to be healthy and focus on moving forward. If it happens, then we will be thankful. If it doesn't ever happen for us, then there will be a lot of travelling and puppies in our future. Thank you all for sharing your stories. If there are new comments after this update, please know that I continue to read the comments and continue to hope for the best in your pregnancy journey. Thank you again to all.