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Miscarriage (Definition)

A "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only ...Read more


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My dr did see an amniotic sack with no heartbeat yet she wants to check again on mon but with my levels being low does this mean miscarriage?

My dr did see an amniotic sack with no heartbeat yet she wants to check again on mon but with my levels being low does this mean miscarriage?

Not Necessarily: She will be looking both for changes in the ultrasound and in increases in the betaHCG. You don't know anything at this point. I know it is hard to wait, but until you know what the numbers show and what the ultrasound shows you just don't know what is going to happen. I wish you nothing but good thoughts and increasing levels ...Read more

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What does a collapsed amniotic sac mean? In pregnancy

What does a collapsed amniotic sac mean? In pregnancy

See answer: An empty amniotic sac usually indicative of a non-viable pregnancy or what is known as a
"blighted ovum" which occurs when a fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall, but the fetus does not continue to develop past the sixth to eighth week of gestation. There is continued development of the placenta and amniotic sac which produces HCG (giving the positive pregnancy test). ...Read more

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If I have an amniotic sac condition will I need bed rest?

If I have an amniotic sac condition will I need bed rest?

Yes: Low amniotic fluid or if there is premature rupture of the sac causing a leak will often prompt the recommendation of bed rest. This helps your baby develop unless the situations deteriorates which may prompt delivery. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound, baby reading 8wks with a VERY large sac. Dr laughed n said we have a swimmer. Is a large amniotic sac a cause of concern?

Had ultrasound, baby reading 8wks with a VERY large sac. Dr laughed n said we have a swimmer. Is a large amniotic sac a cause of concern?

Sac meaning unclear: If the sonographic measurements of your 8 week embryo, its cardiac activity and the yolk sac were all normal, there may be very little cause for alarm. At this early point in your pregnancy, measuring the size of the gestational sac may be quite imprecise and the meaning of a "very large sac" is rather unclear and is probably insignificant. ...Read more

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Do I have monos or conjoined? They are staying side by side.8 week u/s looks like 2 yolk sacs side by side 1 amniotic sac. 12 week Looks 2 placentas

Do I have monos or conjoined? They are staying side by side.8 week u/s looks like 2 yolk sacs side by side 1 amniotic sac. 12 week Looks 2 placentas

Radiology: A radiologist would have to view and review your US to determine exactly what you have. See if you can get the report and it should say in the written report was is seen in the Uterus. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am 6 wk p based on ov date, scan had shown crl 4.6mm, amniotic sac 24.4mm & gestation sac at 42.4mm (11wk p). Is enlarged gs a sign of non viable p?

No: A crl of 4.6mm is approximately 6 weeks. If there is a normal fetal heartbeat, I wouldn't be concerned about the discrepancy in gestational sac size. Sometimes gestational sacs are elliptical in shape and will give a false size unless it is measured in 3 planes and a mean sac diameter is used. Also large gestational sacs are not associated with non-viability with a normal heartbeat. ...Read more

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Triage said my amniotic sac didn't tear but still watery fluid coming out when I push smells like cemen and also clear like water! Could they be wrong?

Triage said my amniotic sac didn't tear but still watery fluid coming out when I push smells like cemen and also clear like water! Could they be wrong?

It's possible: It can be ambiguous as other things can mimic leakage of amniotic fluid like urine or normal discharge. Sometimes a small hole in the sack can be intermittently plugged by the babies head like a cork. This could cause ongoing leakage. You should call your prenatal care provider's office in the morning so that this can be rechecked. Call sooner if you're experiencing fever or any vaginal bleeding. ...Read more

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What is the amniotic sac?

What is the amniotic sac?

Amniotic sac: The amniotic sac (also bag of waters) is the sac in which the fetus develops in amniotes. It is a tough but thin transparent pair of membranes, which hold a developing embryo (and later fetus) until shortly before birth. The inner membrane, the amnion, contains the amniotic fluid and the fetus. The outer membrane, the chorion, contains the amnion and is part of the placenta. ...Read more

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I fell pregnant but there were no baby only the amniotic sac, does that mean it will happen again if I try to get pregnant again?

I fell pregnant but there were no baby only the amniotic sac, does that mean it will happen again if I try to get pregnant again?

Possibly: Unfortunately, it can always happe with each pregnancy.... Even in women who never had it before. There is always a possibility, but don't give up! Talk to your OB about trying to lessen the likelyhood. ...Read more

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What is the duration of most amniotic sac disorders?

What is the duration of most amniotic sac disorders?

More specific: You need to be more specific about your question. If you have the exact wording from an ultrasound report, it would be helpful in giving an opinion. ...Read more

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How can I prevent amniotic sac disorders?

How can I prevent amniotic sac disorders?

Need more info: If you are asking about too little amniotic fluid, avoid becoming a diabetic or hypertensive which can decrease fluid. If you are asking about too much fluid, avoid diabetes of pregnancy which can sometimes cause this. If you are asking about amniotic bands, etc then there really is nothing you can do to prevent them. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose amniotic sac disorders?

How do doctors diagnose amniotic sac disorders?

Ultrasound: Many but not all disorders are noted during sonograms, especially while monitoring twin or other multiple pregnancies. Some can not be determined till birth. ...Read more

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Can having multiple babies lead to amniotic sac disorders?

Can having multiple babies lead to amniotic sac disorders?

Rare in single, twin: Sometimes there is a condition that develops in which there is a so-called "stuck" twin. That is a high-risk condition that requires immediate referral to a perinatologist or maternal-fetal medicine specialist for evaluation and ultrasound. While there, ask for an appointment with a neonatologist when the time is right. By then there will be many questions and outcome of two babies to consider. ...Read more

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If the amniotic sac didn't break then would amniotic flyid embolisim be impossible? Can babies be delivered without amniotic sac broke?

If the amniotic sac didn't break then would amniotic flyid embolisim be impossible? Can babies be delivered without amniotic sac broke?

En caul: When the baby is born still in the sac it is called delivery “en caul.” It occurs in about 1/80000 deliveries. While the relationship between delivery in en caul and amniotic fluid embolism is unknown both are so rare it would be impossible to determine. ...Read more

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I had my first u/s 7 weeks 4 days with a 144 hb. I'm concerned because the amniotic sac looked 4-5 times larger than the fetus. Is this normal?

I had my first u/s 7 weeks 4 days with a 144 hb. I'm concerned because the amniotic sac looked 4-5 times larger than the fetus. Is this normal?

Yes: The gestational sac should be significantly larger than the fetus at this point. If the fetal size is ok, the heart beat is normal, don't stress! ...Read more

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Do amniotic sac disorders cause birth defects?

Do amniotic sac disorders cause birth defects?

Amniotic Fluid: Best discussed with your ob.
Too much or too little amniotic fluid is associated with abnormalities in development and pregnancy complications. Differences in the amount of fluid may be the cause or the result of the problem. ...Read more

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I was pregnant but when I had my scan the doctor saw the amniotic sac but no baby inside, what happened?

Blighted Ovum: Sometimes a pregnancy forms with just the placental tissue and no embryo (which normally grows into a fetus). The placental tissue secretes HCG and will cause a positive pregnancy test. But no fetus was present. Other times, the embryo may have failed so early that it could not be seen and only an empty sac is visible. Early embryonic failure is very common. Hope things work out in the future. ...Read more

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If women were to purposely birth a baby in its amniotic sac. Wouldn't that lessen the chance of amniotic fluid embolism? I want a en caul birth

If women were to purposely birth a baby in its amniotic sac. Wouldn't that lessen the chance of amniotic fluid embolism? I want a en caul birth

Pretty rare: En caul births are quite rare especially in live term gestations. The incidence is less than 1/80, 000. It is fine to want to do that but important to understand that nature tends to cause the water to break at some point during labor. ...Read more

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What are the complications associated with amniotic sac disorders?

What are the complications associated with amniotic sac disorders?

Varied: The "bag of water" is actually 2 membranes: the amnion (inner sac) and chorion (outer sac). If the amnion breaks before delivery (but the chorion does not), the baby can become tangled in the fragments of the membrane and have structural defects, such as missing fingers or limbs, cleft lip, and constriction bands on limbs. ...Read more

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If amniotic sac is intact during vaginal delivery or c section, Are chances of AMniotic Fluid Embolisim basically zero chance?

If amniotic sac is intact during vaginal delivery or c section, Are chances of AMniotic Fluid Embolisim basically zero chance?

Yes: Actually, AFE is quite a rare event and, to a degree, independent of a patient's ruptured status. The general idea is that there is a breech and/or permeability of the of the natural blood-amniotic barriers. This allows products of pregnancy to, unaturally, enter the maternal circulation and cause catatrophic events (primarily in the lungs), culminating in death, oftentimes. ...Read more

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I am 7 weeks pregnant and had a scan wich showed 7 week amniotic sac and 6 week fetus but scan wasn't clear so cud not see heartbeat yet to go back?

I am 7 weeks pregnant and had a scan wich showed 7 week amniotic sac and 6 week fetus but scan wasn't clear so cud not see heartbeat yet to go back?

Pregnancy: Utrasound performed at 6 week fetal pole should be able to show fetal heart beat however, there can be some delay.
You can do the following :
1. obtain a quantitative HCG which can be repeated for regular rise.
2. Get a pelvic ultrasound in week for clearer view the pregnancy status. ...Read more

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I had preterm rupture of amniotic sac. My FSH is 17 (range:3-12). AMH is high, AFC is high. Does high FSH and history of PPROM indicate poor egg quality?

I had preterm rupture of amniotic sac. My FSH is 17 (range:3-12). AMH is high, AFC is high. Does high FSH and history of PPROM indicate poor egg quality?

High FSH/egg quality: I'm curious why you had your FSH level (assuming done day 3 of period) checked. For example, do you have a history of infertility and need treatment to aid in getting pregnant and this is an updated check? If you delivered recently and got pregnant without difficulty (esp. At your age), it's unlikely the FSH of 17 means anything for you as far as egg quality. PPROM per se not marker of egg qual. ...Read more

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6 weeks pregnant and hCG levels rose from 13000 to 21000 and an empty amniotic sac that continues to grow as well, what is going on?

An issue: Most of the time when the HCG is at least 2000 to 5000 an embryo or at least a yolk sac can be seen. Since the sac is empty this might be a miscarriage situation in which the gestational sac is growing but there is no embryo. Speak with your doctors. ...Read more

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I'm 7w3d pregnant, went for ultrasound today and baby is fine but there's a 14mm blood clot beside the amniotic sac, is it dangerous? I'm on bedrest for 2w

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I'm 7w3d pregnant, went for ultrasound today and baby is fine but there's a 14mm blood clot beside the amniotic sac, is it dangerous? I'm on bedrest for 2w

Probably fine: Subchorionic hemmohage is very common early on. We wouldn't even know about it if not for high quality ultrasound. As long as the embryo's heartbeat is normal (around 120 bpm) I doubt there is any increased risk of pregnancy loss at all. This is different than a placental abruption which can occur in the third trimester where berest is often recommended ...Read more

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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

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