Saturday, August 8, 2015

This Week a Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Baby Survived Misoprostol and Another One Survived a D&C -

Despite the fact that doctors tried to end two wanted pregnancies this week, two babies survived. 

I'm used to hearing about misdiagnosed miscarriages.  I hear a new story just about weekly and sometimes several in a week.  Can you imagine how many women never find The Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site and are misdiagnosed as well.  Misdiagnosed miscarriages are a big problem.  They can end a wanted baby's life. 

Even sadder, imagine how many women are incompetently diagnosed by these doctors and have their pregnancies ended?  It happens and it happens too often.

Today, I read two posts by two different women.  One woman was given Misoprostol to end her pregnancy. Her doctor scared her into a medicated miscarriage.

Note here:  if you are not 10 weeks or more and there are no obvious complications, many doctors are fine with you waiting out a miscarriage misdiagnosis. 

Anyhow, despite taking the medication, a week later, a baby with a strong heartbeat was found (for more on Anie's story:  told Miscarriage, Took Misoprostol. HB Found!!!

While continuing to read posts, another woman reported that her doctor diagnosed an ectopic, performed laporoscopic surgery, did not find evidence of an ectopic pregnancy so performed a D&C.  Imagine this mom's surprise when an ultrasound a few days later found a gestational sac complete with yolk sac (perfectly normal this early in a pregnancy  (for more on Beksmel's story:  Confused - Pregnant or not after laparoscopy and D&C for ectopic

There are no guarantees on these babies.  We've seen some babies survive these procedures and are just fine while others go on to miscarry later. 

I am just a firm believer that if there is no immediate need for a D&C before ten weeks, a woman should stay closely monitored and take a watch and wait approach.  If she feels pushed into ending her pregnancy before she is ready, she should seek out a second opinion.  Yes, some women will miscarry naturally during that time but others may end up finding their babies. 

Please, pray for these two women and their babies.  My hope is that they go on to have uneventful pregnancies.

26 comments:

  1. Hi There!
    I'm so happy to have found your sites related to miscarriage. I'm in the throes of it now. I took an early pregnancy test two weeks ago. Went last week to have blood and urine samples that tested positive. My HCG levels were 3506. Then I had blood taken again two days later. My Dr. called and said the levels had dropped and didn't thing it was a viable pregnancy. I was crushed as this is my first pregnancy after only try for two months. I am 33. I freaked and broke down. The Dr. test my blood again on Friday, then on Saturday. HCG levels rose slightly then dropped down slightly. She had already given me the medication for an induced miscarriage but I just couldn't do it. I wanted to wait at least another week. Then I found your site today! And now I feel more grounded to wait another couple of weeks. When I had my first transvaginal ultrasound the Dr. said she saw the sac and the yolk! And that it was a good size. So now I'm more hopeful and will continue to monitor each week up until the 10th week. I'm not experiencing any bleeding only mild cramping from time to time, bloating, tender breast and gas. Your site has been a godsend and will continue to hope we can have our first baby!
    Sincerely,
    Stephanie

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  2. (((hugs))) Stephanie. I don't know how this will turn out but I'm hoping you get good news! Generally, one week after the yolk sac is viewed, the baby will be seen if the pregnancy is viable. Please, keep us updated.

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  3. Thank you for the hugs Kay! I'm scheduled to go in on Friday. My doctor has been very compassionate about me waiting to induce a miscarriage. I told her I wanted to see the ultrasound before making any decisions. And she was okay with me wanting to wait another week or two as well. It's so comforting to know that other women have been in my shoes and have had successful outcome. I will definitely update again after the visit.
    With Warmth,
    Stephanie

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  4. Hi Kay! I wasn't able to get an appointment with my Dr. tomorrow. Was on the waiting list. I have scheduled one for next Thursday. My husband will be with me for support. I'm keeping positive vibes that that the baby will be seen and there will be a heartbeat. I'll be 7 weeks by then.
    Stephanie

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    1. I will be watching for your update. Praying for you too!

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  5. Hi Kay!!! We have the most amazing news! Our doctor wanted me to have an ultrasound even though I couldn't see her last Friday. I went to a different doctor this Saturday and had a transvaginal ultra sound. I had no idea what to expect. Imagine my surprise when the doctor said here's the baby! Healthy, strong and with a heartbeat! I could have swooned! I literally yelled woo hoo and heard how fast the heartbeat was going. I was so amazed and shock that my baby was healthy and growing at 6 and half weeks! My original doctor texted me soon after hearing the results. She was was surprised and said she had never seen this and she was happy I went with my heart and waited. She she learned a lesson that day! I'm so incredibly happy to have found your forum and confidence to trust my own body and heart. A true misdiagnosis that my Doctor will learn from and help other women in the future. Thank you thank you Kay!

    With Warmth and Joy!
    Stephanie

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    1. Hi Stephanie.
      I am currently going through what you went through. I was 9 weeks when i went for my first vaginal scan, the doctor told me there is no heartbeat or blood flow. I refused a D&C and refused tot ake any medication. I still have not bled 5 weeks later and your great outcome has made my heart so happy! you have me in tears I am so happy for you and hope that on Friday when I go for my second opinion I will get good news too.

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  6. Oh Stephanie, I have tears reading this. Congratulations! I am just so happy for you. Your doctor really shouldn't have scared you this early. Would you consider sharing your story on the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site? Your story will help so many women. Congrats again!!!

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  7. Thank you so much! She really did scare me terribly and had one of the worst weekends of my life. I did get through it and onto the other side with the heart and intuition to wait it out. Absolutely I will share my story on the site! Your forum has helped me tremendously and I definitely want to help others!
    Stephanie

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  8. Hi Kay,
    I was going to wait til I reached the end of the first trimester to tell my story. With pain in my heart I had a miscarriage last week at 8 weeks. I am slowly healing and taking the day hour by hour. I'm taking care of myself and my husband has been very supportive. We will try again but I wanted to give you an update.
    Stephanie

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    1. Oh Stephanie, no! I am just so sorry. My heart hurts so much for you. You are in my prayers. (((hugs))) and tears.

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  9. Kay,
    I am high risk for first 12 weeks of my pregnancies due to previous miscarriage I had a healthy baby after my first loss. I am 7.6 weeks today, I had an appointment last week and she said there was blood on my uterus and no baby but the yolk sac was there my progesterone level had dropped so I started 100mg of prometrium twice a day for the last week, went in for my ultrasound today and my yolk sac was measuring 64 and she said normal pregnancy is around 30 that this is often what they see with chromosomal genetic issues, but the baby was there she said it looks like it tried to develop but stopped and there was no heart beat. Any advice? I'm scheduled for D&C on Thursday morning.
    Thanks
    Payge

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  10. Hello Payge. I am so sorry you are going through this scare. I am a big believer that a miscarriage should not be diagnosed before nine weeks if there is no immediate need for a D&C or it isn't happening on its own. You may want to push out a week one more ultrasound to verify. Some women, if they decide they want a D&C just schedule the surgery after that ultrasound. (((hugs)))

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    1. Ok Kay thank you just needed some reassurance!

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  11. Hi Kay,I had brown red spotting around at 6 weeks. It was brought under control and again after 2 days I started spotting from that day I am on progesterone. I had ultrasound at 6 wks they saw 6 mm gestational sac but no yolk or fetal pole. So I waited for another week. So at 7 weeks I am still having brown spotting and the ultrasound is showing 8mm sac but no yolk or fetal pole. I had taken opinion from two doctors both said no point in continuing, to stop progesterone and to do D&C. I am confused.. Should I wait...?
    Thanks Molly

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  12. Hi Kay,I had brown red spotting around at 6 weeks. It was brought under control and again after 2 days I started spotting from that day I am on progesterone. I had ultrasound at 6 wks they saw 6 mm gestational sac but no yolk or fetal pole. So I waited for another week. So at 7 weeks I am still having brown spotting and the ultrasound is showing 8mm sac but no yolk or fetal pole. I had taken opinion from two doctors both said no point in continuing, to stop progesterone and to do D&C. I am confused.. Should I wait...?
    Thanks Molly

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    1. (((hugs))) I am so sorry you are going through this. Progesterone can cause spotting and it can also prolong a miscarriage. If the sac is growing and there are no complications, waiting a week for a follow-up may be a good idea.

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  13. I went for my first transvaginal ultra sound today and according to my LMP I'm 8 weeks and 5 days along. The NP told me there was no signs of the baby only the gestational sac. I've been scheduled to go back for a second US next monday. If there is still no sign of the baby should I try for a third and fourth US?

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    1. I am so sorry you are going through this. If the gestational sac is growing and not yet over 25mm, this may be too early to diagnose. (((hugs)))

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    2. I went back for my second transvaginal ultra sound today. Again they found the gestational sac, but this time they also found the fetal pole, but no heart beat. The NP now believes that only 7 and 1/2 along. The NP also mentioned that the gestational sac was a little misshapen. I scheduled a follow up ultra sound in two weeks. Is there still room for hope of a viable pregnancy?

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    3. The pregnancy is progressing. I'm not sure what will happen but I do hope you get better news. (((hugs)))

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  14. I don't know if this message will post or not but I took a hpt monday it was positive!! So I went to the doctor and they wanted to test my levels because I misscarried twins at 13 weeks on January 13th..
    My first blood test was done Wednesday and my hcg was a little over 5300
    then Friday 48 hours later my hcg levels dropped so low to 270..
    She told me be prepared for a misscarrage again... But I go in today for more blood work because I have no symptoms of miscarriage.. :/ Idk what to think I'm just so broken right now
    I was looking to see if anyone had a similar story to mine and what their results wee..

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  15. I don't know if this message will post or not but I took a hpt monday it was positive!! So I went to the doctor and they wanted to test my levels because I misscarried twins at 13 weeks on January 13th..
    My first blood test was done Wednesday and my hcg was a little over 5300
    then Friday 48 hours later my hcg levels dropped so low to 270..
    She told me be prepared for a misscarrage again... But I go in today for more blood work because I have no symptoms of miscarriage.. :/ Idk what to think I'm just so broken right now
    I was looking to see if anyone had a similar story to mine and what their results wee..

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    1. I think you need another hCG check to verify. (((hugs))) and praying for you.

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    2. I got the blood work back today and levels increased to 861. Doctor said to stay cautiously optimistic.

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  16. Hi, I am so glad I found your site. I just had my first ultrasound (trans-vaginal) 4 days ago. I am supposed to be 8 weeks. The baby measured perfectly at 8 wk 3 days. However, they could not see any flickering where the heart should be and quickly diagnosed it as a non-viable pregnancy and said i could wait to miscarry naturally or I could opt for a d&c. I decided to do the d&c but I still feel pregnant although my nausea has eased up somewhat this last week. There has been no bleeding or cramping at all. I go in next week for the d&c but i am making them do another ultrasound first hoping that they will find a heartbeat this time. Im not sure if they don't see a heartbeat if I should give it one more week or go ahead with the surgery. What would you recommend? I just don't want to give up hope and I feel like they really jumped the gun on suggesting a d&c. They never even offered another ultrasound...I had to request it.

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