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Smokering 04-01-2014 03:46 PM

I had a viability/dating scan two days ago. Gestational sac put me at 6 weeks 2 days, which I think is pretty accurate. Yolk sac was present, but the tech couldn't detect a fetal pole or heartbeat on abdominal or transvaginal ultrasound. She told me to come back for a rescan in 7-10 days.


Today I got a call from a nurse at my medical centre, saying my doctor had told me to book another scan. She assumed the doctor meant 'right away', and when I explained that the tech had suggested 7-10 days, the nurse got confused and said I should ring the ultrasound place and ask them what to do.


Would there be any point in having a rescan so soon? Surely a baby can't grow from undetectable to visible with a heartbeat in two days? But man, it'd be really nice to know sooner rather than later. Any thoughts?

Margo B 04-02-2014 01:56 PM

If your dates are right on with what you saw already, then why are they suggesting another scan at all?  Do you have reason to think the baby isn't viable, or another reason you would look again?  I would either wait a few more weeks and then get another really really quick one if that would be reassuring and the benefits truly outweighed the risks of ultrasound.  Or you could just wait until you could hear with the fetoscope and feel baby wiggling around!

Smokering 04-02-2014 04:10 PM

Well, at 6 weeks 2 days a fetal pole is detectable in 86% of cases with a transvaginal ultrasound. So yes, there is some concern about viability. I don't think I could stand waiting for months to hear a heartbeat or feel the baby kicking - waiting a week is hard enough!


I did ring the ultrasound place and they said to stick to the 7-10 day plan, so I will. It's horrible though. :/ I'm still feeling full-on nasty pregnancy symptoms, but in the case of a blighted ovum the body still thinks it's pregnant, so that's not a reason to be hopeful. 

Margo B 04-02-2014 05:53 PM

I totally understand it being hard to wait.  I just wanted to make sure you knew it was an option!  I was grateful that I didn't have an early ultrasound with my 2 miscarriages, because the time between the demise and the miscarriages was weeks, and it would have been really hard to wait for nature to take her course.  With this pregnancy though I did get an u/s at 9 weeks to help relieve my anxiety, so I very much understand that side of it too.  I hope that you see a nice strong heartbeat in a week, I have heard of so many stories where that is the case!  Those early ones can just be really tricky and ambiguous.  I'm wishing you a very speedy waiting period.  Maybe you can do something special for yourself to help make it more tolerable?

Smokering 04-02-2014 10:06 PM

Thanks. :) I haven't given up hope, I just feel kinda in limbo. I'd like to start sewing maternity clothes and baby clothes, but it seems silly to do that just yet. :/ I have to spend half the day in bed feeling dizzy and exhausted, so I can't do too much to distract myself except read - luckily I love that, and have ploughed through some great ones in the last few days! Accidentally reading one about a teenager dying of cancer may not have been smart, however...

Ola_ 04-03-2014 10:24 AM

I can totally see how that wait would seem like forever. I think I would stick to the 7-10 day timeframe just because I think you're right that 2 days is not likely to change the result and then your doubts would only be magnified, it would not likely be reassuring at all. Hopefully in a week you can at least get a slightly more definitive answer.

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