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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?

  • omosama
    Sep 12

    I can't handle it anymore ...too much thinking hopes goes up and down in minutes .. today I will check it again I really pray to find my baby healthy and his heart beating ..

  • Desiree
    Sep 22

    I had the same thing happen to me. It's called a blighted ovum. I waited until I miscarried naturally which took about a month to happen and it was very painful. I would never do that again. I had to go back and forth to the doctor for months to make sure everything was out. The next time I miscarried I did a dnc right away. With a blighted ovum your numbers could still increase until your body realizes there is no baby inside.

  • Hally
    Oct 13

    Hi, ladies. I'm sorry to hear you've all had to go through this. I'm going through the same thing. I'm supposed to be 7 weeks and 3 days based on LMP. I had an ultrasound at 5 weeks and only a gestational sac was seen. I had some brownish vaginal bleeding yesterday and another ultrasound was done. Was told the sac measures at 5 weeks and 2 days. They still do not see an embryo. Dr said maybe it was an early pregnancy. I'm supposed to see OBGYN on the 25th of this month. I don't have much hope but I'm praying for a miracle. My husband has lost all hope already. He thinks it stopped growing a long time ago. The HCG is normal and I continue to have some intermittent pelvic cramping and feeling of fullness in stomach.

  • Mandy
    Oct 14

    Hi Everyone I was crying the whole day today. I am 40 with an unexpected pregnancy and Last week I went for a ultrasound and gynecologist advices me that I am 5 weeks and 6 days...feotus no heartbeart. I spotted brown discharge yesterday and this morning again and went to my doctor and he took another ultrasound. I am 6 weeks today and still not heartbeat. He immediately advised me that I had a miscarried. I refused to believe him..However he send me for bloodtest today and then again on Wednesday to see if my Hcg level has increase..I am praying for a miracle😭

  • Lee
    Oct 28

    I have a question for all ladies here who had a sac but no embryo. Were any of you going through fertility treatment? was your hcg measured before the ultrasound? was it doubling normally?

  • Meryl Lewis
    Oct 28

    Hi Lee, my partner and I have had a cycle of IVF. We had a 7 week transvaginal scan today and can see a sac, but nothing in it. We've got to go back tomorrow to the early pregnancy unit at the hospital for more tests. Absolutely devastated. I know this isn't the end of it yet but it's been such an emotional journey so far it's really tough to deal with.

  • Babyh
    Oct 29

    Hi All I have also had IVF treatment 2015 and 2018 was successful with 2 beautiful boys Currently 6 weeks and 6 days pregnant and have had 3 scans already. Sac detected and very small fetal pole and no heartbeat. Final scan on Thursday at 7 weeks and the clinic will refer me to a hospital. I’ve cried all my tears and I know the worst will happen but I’m still praying for a miracle. My HCG wasn’t doubling and in 3 days it was only going up by a thousand. So gutted as this was our last round of IVF and last 3 months has been so hard emotionally, financially and physically. Never had miscarriage so really don’t know what to expect.

  • Chelsea
    Nov 04

    hi I know it’s been a long time since this thread was reached, but I’m just wondering what ever ended up happening?

  • Chelsea
    Nov 04

    I recently had an ultrasound it said I was seven weeks one day there was a sack but no baby I have to go back in two weeks

  • Miriam Jones
    Nov 05

    Same here, I have to go back in two weeks as well. I pray everything goes well with you and your babe!


    Hi Ladies, I am so sorry to hear you are all going through this. Believe me I know the pain, the hurt, the questions..Last year I went through the same thing had a yolk sac no fetal pole. After bloodwork with rising numbers. The 3rd final ultrasound showed I had already began to miscarry. I ended up having a D&C,Heartbreaking. Fast foward to yesterday I went to OB for my 8 week ultrasound from my LMP I am 8 weeks 4 days. And they did not do a vaginal ultrasound. It was just a regular over the belly. She tells me baby measures 6 weeks 3 days. I could even see the lil nub hands and legs in the ultrasound. She proceeds to tell me that there is no fetal pole..No heartbeat. I am sorry. Holding back tears I see the doctor and she orders bloodwork to check my numbers. She suggested I can wait to miscarry or have a D&C . I am still having all the symptoms especially morning sickness. This is my 2nd time this happens. I already have 4 amazing kids, but after last years first loss i felt incomplete. Now seems like I am going through the same thing again. I am waiting for blood results. Meanwhile emotionally broke. My husband did not go with me to the appointment because in his mind there was no way in the world this could happen again. He was so sure everything was ok since I had all the pregnancy related symptoms. He cried on the phone with me.