Over the years, I've been contacted by a number of women who are scared they have a blighted ovum because at seven or eight weeks their gestational sacs look empty. They assure me they have seen their babies by this time in the past and, for that reason, they have no hope. Yet, a number of those women ended up finding their babies with a strong heartbeats.
Today's misdiagnosed blighted ovum story was shared with us by Fathi (her post can be found here: misdiagnosed blighted ovum at 8+weeks ). Fathi shares that at just over eight weeks, her doctor did not see her baby and was pretty sure it was a blighted ovum. Rather than wait one week for a follow-up ultrasound, Fathi waited two and, yes, she found her baby.
Fathi was surprised for two reasons. First, she had seen her other babies well before eight weeks and second, she doesn't have a tilted uterus.
I've learned over the years that a tilted uterus does not always stay in the same position. It can change from pregnancy. Just because you did not have a tilted uterus before does not mean you don't have one now. And, we know that with a tilted uterus, babies are often seen a bit later. For this reason, as I've blogged many times e.g. Medical Researchers Are Warning that Viable Pregnancies ARE Being Misdiagnosed as Miscarriages, a blighted ovum should not be diagnosed before the gestational sac is more than 25mm.
And, yes, this is for women who have been told they do not have a tilted uterus as well. As you can see from Fathi's story, even women with a non-tilted uterus sometimes have to wait to see their babies.
Don't expect to see your babies at the same time during each pregnancy. Instead, focus on the size of the sac. If it is growing and not yet over 25mm, you still have hope. Usually this happens at about nine weeks or so.
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