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7 weeks pregnant, first ultrasound: yolk sac visible but no baby no heartbeat seen

Anonymous

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.

  • Eli
    Jan 22

    Thanks for sharing Hope is all I’ve got now

  • Maria
    Jan 22

    Ive been reading and really stressed me out. Same situation here and its really hard. This supposed to be my second. I am 8weeks today base on the last period. My 1st checkup at 6weeks, and we didnt see nothing, then i did the transvaginal ultrasound and still nothing. And he already told me that it might be failed pregnancy. Then i did bloodwork and comeback in 2 days for the next bloodwork. After that my doctor been calling me what do i might need to do.. and im really fell stress and pressure. I dont know what to do so i said i will wait for another 2 weeks. **that was today, my 8th week. Still we didnt see nothing, then we did the vaginal ultrasound, and still nothing. Then he said “im sorry” and started crying.. He already told me what options we can do for the next step.. And then i dont know” so im giving it a last shot.. I said can i wait again for 12th week?” Is that dangerous to wait? He didnt say its safe” or maybe indidnt hear him answer my question but, - he said we can wait if you want” So i set another appt for 12th week and i should have an answer by that day.. I am really scared and confuse, Im emotionally stress and sad, eveything Should i gave up and not making it more stress for me? Should i not wait to make it longer wait?

  • Ashley
    Jan 24

    So hoping someone can help or give advice. Seems like everyone is experiencing the same. Went to the doctor was told I should be 9 weeks, did u/s there was a yolk sac, no fetal pole and a faint flicker. My hcg is 32,000 she said was normal for 6 weeks but should have seen more in the u/s. I have constant heart burn and morning sickness galore. Not sure what to think she said she can’t confirm it’s a viable pregnancy. No bleeding or anything.

  • Babyh
    Jan 24

    Maria so October 2019 when I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks I didn’t have a d&c until 11 weeks as I also wasn’t sure wether I should or not and was hoping for a miracle. Ashley I will wait and see a little longer if I were u as ur dates maybe wrong? If u do ivf the dates are accurate but natural pregnancies dates can vary.

  • Ashley
    Jan 24

    Dates could be wrong. My thing is that I got off birth control and bled for 4 days in Nov 17-20 and than haven’t bled but tested Dec 24, negative than tested Dec 31 another negative and than January 7th we got a positive. So my dates are so off idk what is left or right here but isn’t my hcg a good indicator of how far along or not really? She also told my my thyroid is high it’s supposed to be up to 2.5 and mine is 3.3 so they put me on meds.

  • Roi
    Jan 25

    Hi everyone. My situation is not dissimilar to most of yours. After 5+ year tried to conceive and 2 unsuccessful rounds of IVF, we became pregnant naturally, measuring 6.2 weeks at our first US last week. Yolk sac visible but no Foetal pole so repeat US completed last Friday. Still no sign of foetal pole and my Gesture sac measured 21mm so 7.3weeks. HcG levels increasing but not doubling, repeat bloods done Friday afternoon so awaiting the results. Radiographer warmed us to prepare for bad news at the next scan next week, as no sign of Foetal pole at 7 weeks and HcG levels which aren’t doubling is unusual. It’s terribly hard to stay positive when we feel so frightened. I still have pregnancy symptoms and have had no bleeding or cramping as yet. I have severe endometriosis and so a natural pregnancy was against all odds, my GP has told us to take heart from the fact the egg and sperm met in the right spot and that many pregnancies end with blighted ovum. Reading the stories on here has been comforting, not only the positive endings but those who have sadly lost their pregnancy offering support is appreciated. All we can do now is hope and pray for the best.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 25

    @Maria - it might be hard but it would only be you who knows which way to go. I chose to wait because I wanted to hold on to it for as long as I could. In a way that was my way of saying good bye. It takes longer to heal and longer wait to try again, but I did it because I didn't want to feel rushed. I need time to process it, accept and say goodbye. It was my way of grieving because I was so confused on how to grieve someone I havent even met but already loved. But whatever you decide, please make sure to keep your doctor updated and if they ask for bloodtests then do it because what you are trying to keep may also harm you if your body doesnt naturally let it go and may be more dangerous for your health.

  • Maria lucero
    Feb 06

    I’m going though the same thing right now I wish I can speck more to u about it because I’m only 22 and it’s my first time having a miscarriage

  • Maria lucero
    Feb 06

    And I’m going though the pain and something can out should I go to the hospital now or wait until it calms down

  • Ashley
    Feb 08

    My lmp was 12/8/19. I have had several children so I recognized the pregnancy signs right away. I got a negative on 1/3 and a positive on 1/6. I had an us 2/6 and it was transvaginal I should’ve been 8 weeks according to my lmp and it lined up for around the time my partner and I did the deed. My ultrasound said almost 6 weeks, there was a sac but not yet a fetal pole so they pushed me out until 2/20 to do a repeat ultrasound. My doctor told me not to stress that I’m 35 and could’ve ovulated later than I thought. I started spotting brown blood that afternoon, and I called back. She said the transvaginal could’ve irritated my cervix. It’s now three days later I’m still spotting but it’s briwn and red blood still only when I wipe, I don’t know what’s going on, I can’t stand the waiting. I will have to go in and get a shot of Rhogam since I’m rh- and bleeding. I’m hoping everything is okay but I’m still preparing myself for the worst. I am thankful for you ladies and glad I’m not alone.

  • Fashi
    Feb 18

    Hi Ashley, me too have same issue. My 7 weeks scan showed no fatal pole and its like 5 weeks and 3 days. Also I am expreiecning spotting brown blood for three days. I have requested to do repeat the scan and blood test in two weeks. Dis you follow up your scan and any update from you? Thanks

  • Paulina
    Feb 20

    I am experiencing the same. I am very much irregular on my period, but the LMP is 11/24/2019 At 12/29/2019 I did PT and it came Negative, but I was so very tired so I thought maybe I am pregnant. At 01/07/2020 did PT again and I have positive result, I sched myself for OB check up. At 01/14/2020 was my 1st US, doctor found gestational Sac at 7.34mm but nothing inside and sched me for another US 1 week after. No blood test done At 01/22/2020 2nd US, doctor said the Gestational sac doubled the size gestational sac at 14.5mm but still nothing inside so once again scheduled for another US after 1 week. I am so devastated and searched the internet and recove some enlightening news that it may be still early. At 01/28/2020 3rd US doctor found an embryi CRL measures 3.34 mm and dated 5w6d pregnant with fetal heartbeat. I sighed a breath of relief. Now I was able to tell my husband the goodnews. He schedule me for next check up after 4 weeks supposed to be on 02/27/2020. I thought everything was fine till yesterday 02/19/2020 I noticed light pink discharge when I wipe after using the bathroom I asked other mothers if it were normal, they told me its common but to call OB still, my doctors clinic is already close so I have to wait till tomorrow and watch out if spotting continues, it does not. I am starting to relax until after 1 bathroom used I saw bright red blood. I dont have any pain, but I also dont have any pregnancy symptoms from the start, the tiredness and fatigue went away after 2 weeks that I noticed it at first and then no more. No morning sickness, no food aversion, no weigh gain, I am supposed to be 9weeks2days Today I went in for US 02/20/2020 and the doctir said the embryo measures only at 17.5mm which is 7weeks and no heartbeat he told me it is already a missed miscarriage , and I can choose to wait or have it surgically removed, I tried to look for a second opinion but there is no other doctor available in the area. I am scared and dont know what to do. I've read that there are cases of the baby not having heartbeat but continue to be healthy baby. Pls help me 😭 O dont know what to do I am living abroad and my husband is not with me.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 20

    I feel your frustration as I am going through nearly the same exact thing! I was encouraged to take some medicine to expel the baby along with the contents. I wasn’t offered a second scan. I am hopeful that I just ovulated later than I thought and that baby is too small to detect a heartbeat. Like you, I couldn’t find any other doctor to perform another scan, but there are places that will scan you for a fee. Here in the UK they have a company called Ultrasound Direct. Their business is to simply do scans on people. Pregnancy or injuries- perhaps there is something like that where you live? I am going in for an early scan just to make sure my baby is alive or not. I am desperately needing a second opinion before ending this pregnancy (missed miscarriage). Good luck hun

  • Jenny
    Feb 24

    Going through same thing right now, I'm measuring 6.2 at last US in ER but I think im less just cause of when I ovulated n had sex im thinking 5 weeks n some days... they saw sac n yolk but no fetal pole... did any of you end up seeing the fetal pole or heartbeat after?

  • Vsa
    Mar 14

    Chances of Twins -7 weeks pregnant, first ultrasound:1 baby have heartbeat and growing at good rate but doctor saw yolk sac of 2nd baby but no baby growth no heartbeat seen. This is a positive sign or should I be worried. 2nd scan kn 24th march 🙈

  • Peah
    Mar 17

    I’m in the exact same boat you was in. I’m so sorry to hear what you went through. I knew something was wrong when I went to the doctor and they couldn’t see the embryo. They waited it out and took hCG tests weekly and did ultrasounds. My last appointment which was 2 weeks ago , they said my levels doubled and I’m thinking everything good. After a few days, I just didn’t feel pregnant anymore. No nausea .. nothing .. I just wanted sex all the time. Anyway, after walking with my fiancée, I started bleeding (spotting) but I’m thinking its normal. So I put on a panty liner for that day and the day after .. the spotting went from brown to pink and then bright red. I’m thinking .. when we make it back to Memphis, I will go to the ER if the bleeding continues. Saturday when we left from Atlanta to Memphis on the mega bus the bleeding continued but I didn’t feel any pain. Nothing . I had to pee real bad when we made it to the Greyhound station in Memphis, that’s when it just spilled all out. Dark clots .. and I knew it was happening . I was embarrassed to scream and then it automatically flush away without me having the time to get a good look but I felt it all come out . I wasn’t in paid but I was spotting bright blood. I cleaned up and told my fiancé I lost the baby. He ask me if I want. To go to the hospital, I refused. I was angry as sad all in one. He comforted me the whole day. My appointment is tomorrow to confirm it and I’m just ready to get it over. I am still angry and mad. I’m bleeding and passing clots but the bleeding isn’t heavy like for most women. I’m just ready to get over this and maybe once the bleeding over I can find a second job to stay busy so I want have to keep thinking about it.. I’m sorry if i sound selfish but I’m so hurt. I been crying since that day. I don’t want to be around anyone .. I just stay to myself. This just how I’m dealing with my lost. I’m sorry this happen to us because we don’t deserve this at all.. thanks for listening and I’m sorry if I was too graphic and sound selfish.

  • Coleyann
    Mar 20

    You weren’t too graphic nor selfish. This hurts so take your time sorting through everything. I definitely feel you on wanting to be alone. I told my fiancé that I’m going to stay at my grandma’s house when I start bleeding because we live with his sister who has 3 kids. I don’t want to be around them because I was supposed to have one. It’s just not fair. For you, me or anyone who’s going through or has gone through this. It’s one of the worst things. I hope you can take all the time you need to recover. ❤️ Sending love through this tough time. I went in for an ultrasound at the pregnancy center Tuesday. The gestational sac is there and it’s long enough to be 9 1/2 weeks however there’s no embryo. At the center I went because it was a free service they couldn’t fully diagnose me so I called my gynecologist and they sent me to do blood work. My hGC levels are too low. So now I have to keep going in every other day and they of course keep dropping. So everyone I’ve told about my pregnancy I know have to tell them that there’s no baby on the way. My fiancé’s mom was so excited and she kept buying all kinds of cute baby stuff. At work I told my supervisor that I needed light duty because I was pregnant now I told them that I’m basically waiting for a miscarriage to happen. I’m lucky that I’ll get a doctors note so that when it does happen I’ll be fine. The thing that’s making me feel the worst is that I was so ready for a child and I’ve had a miscarriage before but that was 8 years ago. So am I just defective? I’m not too old(24) but I just hate that my body would do this to me a second time. I know my mother had a miscarriage before she was pregnant with me but she passed away a while ago so I can’t get real answers to questions I have. When I found out I was pregnant my fiancé was more excited than I was and now I feel as if I’ll never be able to give him a child. Also people keep telling me that “oh you can always try again!” That’s honestly the worst thing to hear right now. I’m just glad that this thread exists so I don’t feel completely alone right now. Yeah, having support from family and friends is great but having someone that actually understands what I’m feeling is a bit more comforting to me. Sorry if I rambled a bit.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 22

    I’m going through the same thing right now. Had my dating scan yesterday and I should be around 7 weeks almost 8 according to my last period. The OB said she was having trouble finding the fetal pole, no heartbeat and a larger than normal yolk sac, it’s clr is 6.1mm as it would be for a 6 wk gestation age. They think it’s going to be a non viable pregnancy and got me to do more hcg bloods, they showed 18200 so between 6-7wks. This wasn’t a surprise to me as I had a feeling they might say they couldn’t find a heart beat, call it weird intuition, all my symptoms I was getting have basically stopped since a week- no breast tenderness, absolutely no morning sickness, no longer always tired and no need to pee all the time. I can just feel it’s no longer there if that even makes sense and it’s like a switch has been turned on in me and I kinda just want the poor thing out. I don’t want to be poked and prodded for a few more weeks just to find out what I already feel is real. I hate that I feel this way but I don’t want the dr to try to convince to hold on to hope. I would just like to get it over with and try to feel normal again.