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Does Low Folate Level Cause Blighted Ovum
Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. In some cases, there may be no noticeable signs of folic acid deficiency, and it is diagnosed in pregnant women only after a child is born with a neural tube defect. Usually, though, your health care provider can detect the defect with blood work and ultrasound during your prenatal checkups. When women take the recommended amount of folic acid before they conceive and through the first trimester of pregnancy, 50% to 70% of neural tube defects are prevented. Yet recent research by March of Dimes shows that many women are unaware of the ...Read more
No: The two issues are most likely unrelated. ...Read more
Do you think that an hCG level on apr 14 of 958 and then one on apr 23 of 14885 indicates a blighted ovum. The ges sac is present at 5weeks 5days.
US is more accurate: There is a wide range of "normal" beta-hcg levels. It is difficult to draw meaningful conclusions based on the 2 numbers you provided. If dates are correct, a transvaginal ultrasound should show a yolk sac and fetal pole by 5 weeks 5 days. It could be the dates are off a bit in which case it may just be too early. A follow-up ultrasound can determine if this is a viable pregnancy. ...Read more
I was exercising (zumba) on the day my baby stopped developing. Could this have caused my blighted ovum if genetic tests of the sac came back normal?
No: Exercise is good, and doesn't bother a normal pregnancy. Women have had to work or otherwise exercise during pregnancy since the beginning of time. Life is not perfect, so if a defective fetus is created, the woman's body has the job of shutting down the pregnancy and getting rid of the embryo or fetus. That's how nature does its amazing work, both in humans and in our pets and animals. ...Read more
Unknown: This is not known for sure but it's probably not so. However, heavy drinking in first trimester can absolutely cause fetal alcohol syndrome and possible fetal death, so how about it's a really poor idea! ...Read more
Well.....: It is not likely that binge drinking would directly cause a blighted ovum. Blighted ovums are common and are usually caused by genetic missteps during conception. More concerning though is the fact that there is binge drinking at all especially in someone who is at risk for getting pregnant. Binge drinking is a serious health risk. Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
I had a 5w5d scan but only a sac was seen my hgc level was 21000 & then rose to 35000 in 4 days, had some bleeding, Dr says it's a blighted ovum???
Blighted Ovum: Your doctor is correct. At that beta hcg level we would expect to see a definite fetus, heart beat etc. It sounds like a blighted ovum. You should discussed methods to empty the uterus. The good news is you got pregnant and most certainly will. Not all eggs that are fertilized even develop a human fetus, some develop just a sac and early placenta. ...Read more
If my husband smoked marijuana regularly for 20 years and during the time we conceived, could this have caused our blighted ovum?
Not really: Sperm are made daily from stem cells & the one that gets through to fertilize the egg tends to be the healthiest & the best swimmer. In this way men get a pass on many bad habits. Women, however,only have the eggs they are born with & anything they eat, drink or are exposed to in life affects the eggs. It is not fair but that's the mechanics of reproduction. They transport the eggs, good or bad, until use. ...Read more
Could I have a blighted ovum? Dpo 14 hCG level 12.5. Dpo 17 hCG level 36.7. Dpo 20 hCG level 160.3. Dpo 23 hCG level 506.2.
What is the timing?: What is the time difference between the results? ...Read more
I was informed 4 years ago I have a slight case of pcos. I recently miscarry due to a blighted ovum. Could this have been caused by pcos?
PCOS-Miscarriage: The miscarriage rate is a little higher with PCOS. You should consult your doc. ...Read more
My hCG level went from 386 to 4 to 5356 in wk 5. What are the chances of a blighted ovum? Will ur hCG levels rise tht much in 1 wk if u hv an empty?
What did uer OB say?: What is your Progesterone level, a high one is good a low one is not good, should be able to see a sac at 5 weeks and should be able to see a ht beat sometimes at 6 weeks depending on the person and theus machine but definitely by 6 1/2 – 7 weeks. ...Read more
Possible blighted ovum? I had a scan at 5 weeks 6 days and nothing was seen but the sac and ring. My levels keep doubling currently my level is 11, 797. The doctor thinks im having a blighted ovum. Is it possible that I ovulated late? I'm truley heartbro
This is a very difficult and anxiety provoking situation. Honestly nothing but time will give you answers regarding the progression of your pregnancy. The good news is 2/3 people felt confident in the progression; this means the odds are on your side. My advice for you is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. If it does not work out this time, you will try again and have success in the future.
Best of luck to you. ...Read more
My Hcg levels have more than doubled, 9/11 hcg was 17 9/15 HCG was 120 and 9/17 HCG was 287. Progesterone 9/11 was 29. Could this be a blighted ovum?
Doubt it: Blighted ovum (or anembryonic pregnancy) is more related to a chromosomal or post-conception error. Nothing you can do to prevent or cause these. Smoking however, can increase infertility, miscarriage, growth restriction, and preterm delivery. No to mention the neonatal health problems including sids... So, if you're planning a family; quit, eat healthy, exercise, & update your exam. ...Read more
Unknown: A blighted ovum is usually cause by a genetic abnormality in the embryo. That can arise from the egg or the sperm, but the egg is usually the cause. The exact effect of alcohol even in large amounts at that time is not completely known. Alcohol can lead to miscarriage in large amounts, but the exact nature of the abnormal pregnancy is not well documented. ...Read more
Is a blighted ovum something that occurs naturally or can someone do something early on in the pregnancy that causes that to happen (like taking Xanax (alprazolam) before realizing I was pregnant)?
What are the circumstances tht cause imcompetent cervix? Had miscarriage bcuz of blighted ovum dr did curretage only now 13wks pregnant will i miscary
Unlikely: If you do not have incompetent cervix, miscarriage due to blighted ovum is natural phenomenon, as it has no embryo in it. If you have incompetent cervix congenital or acquired cause like surgery for cervix you will need one of the uterine banding procedure speak to your gyn doctor. ...Read more
I have a blighted ovum at 15wks. My Hcg level 2 weeks ago was 18000 & drops to 1600 yesterday. Is this a sign of upcoming miscarriage?
YES: Probably- please consult your OB-GYN ASAP.Get a more detailed answer ›
Will my hCG levels continue to double with a blighted ovum? Mine are more than doubling ges sac measuring 5w5d however I'm 5w2d. Hcg 4967 no yolk sac
Generally not: If your HCG is doubling and the sac is approx. Consistent with your dates, chances are that you do not have a blighted ovum — could be a normal pregnancy. Keep checking sonos and hcg's — may need intervention if signs of fetal activity / growth are not evident. Good luck. ...Read more
Slow rising HCG levels & 3 ultrasounds...latest info is 3 empty sacs at 7wks4days...will return in 2wks for 4th ultrasound. Do I have a blighted ovum?
Maybe: The follow up ultrasound and hCG will confirm or not the diagnosis. ...Read more
Miscarriage : The HCG levels can rise quite high with a blighted ovum, but these levels do not rise normally. The level of HCG does not tell if you have a blighted ovum or what is called a missed abortion by some. If your HCG level is doubling every 48 hours in the first weeks of pregnancy, your pregnancy is most likely normal — if not, probably a miscarriage. ...Read more
Blighted ovum or potential ectopic? My HCG levels doubled, then dropped twice before rising again. OBGYN is recommending methotrexate.
Good idea: After multiple lab examinations, if there is still nothing seen in the uterus and a rising HCG, you most certainly have an abnormal pregnancy that should be actively managed. A dilation and curettage would help to figure out if the abnormal pregnancy was in the uterus. If it was confirmed that it was not in the uterus, then methotrexate would be a good idea along with continued lab follow up. ...Read more
Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more
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