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Dr. Seth Derman
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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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