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Cambridge City, IN
A 34-year-old female asked:

1st ultrasound i measured 4wks 6 days. 13 days later i only measured 6 weeks 1 day. there was a fetal pole, but no heart beat. should i worry about possible miscarriage or could i just be to early for heartbeat. i go back in 7 days for another us. ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Scanning so early...: One's Ob-Gyn doctor can help with such concerns because normally women don't need to get scanned so early. Perhaps this is a special situation, which is why one's doctor can help with this. In general, many early pregnancies miscarry as a normal part of human life. The early embryos that progress successfully on their own... those are the ones that become babies.
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Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Early ultrasounds are not always as precise for dates, so getting another one in about a week would definitely be a good idea to recheck for heart activity- if it is present that would give you peace of mind; if not this pregnancy may result in miscarriage - which is very difficult for those desiring a baby, but occurs in up to 1/3 of all pregnancies
Apr 9, 2020
Last updated Apr 10, 2020


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