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Abdominal ultrasound at 7w3d showed empty sac. Hcg rising normally, is there any chance that the embryo was "hiding"?

Abdominal ultrasound at 7w3d showed empty sac. Hcg rising normally, is there any chance that the embryo was "hiding"?

Sounds odd: Usually by 7 weeks you should see something but is it a 7 weeks sized sac or is that based on your lmp. If its a smaller sac, maybe your dates are off a bit and then there's a chance. Next would want to make sure that the sac definitely satisfies criteria for an intrauterine pregnancy or else an ectopic pregnancy needs to be at least thought about. ...Read more

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4.5-5 weeks pregnant and spotting for last 5 days with no pain or cramping, hCG rising normal, u/a showed small sac. Is this normal?

4.5-5 weeks pregnant and spotting for last 5 days with no pain or cramping, hCG rising normal, u/a showed small sac. Is this normal?

Likely normal: This is likely normal but can be scary in light of previous miscarriages. Many women will have some light spotting in early pregnancy and the vast majority of these pregnancies progress normally. It would be a good idea to get back in to your OB who would likely be able to repeat your ultrasound and give you some reassurance. ...Read more

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By LMP I am 7 weeks pregnant. Ultrasound at 6 weeks 3 days showed irregular sac, no heartbeat or yolk etc. No flow around sac. Hcg rising. Miscarriage?

By LMP I am 7 weeks pregnant. Ultrasound at 6 weeks 3 days showed irregular sac, no heartbeat or yolk etc. No flow around sac. Hcg rising. Miscarriage?

Early pregnancy: It's too soon to be sure what is going on. Often a woman will ovulate later and the lmp will not be accurate. The best option is to repeat the beta-hcg every 48 hours until 3 results are performed and a repeat ultrasound 1 week after the previous was done. That will usually solve the question. ...Read more

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Was on Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage 4 colon cancer and got pregnant. I'm at 6 weeks, hCG rising but not doubling. Heart rate 115. Does my baby stand a chance?

Was on Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage 4 colon cancer and got pregnant. I'm at 6 weeks, hCG rising but not doubling. Heart rate 115. Does my baby stand a chance?

Tough question: Vanessa, first of all, I am very sorry to hear about your colon cancer. I wish you all the best with it. Regarding pregnancy and Xeloda (capecitabine), (capecitabine) it is risky to the fetus. Xeloda (capecitabine) is a category D drug for pregnancy according to the FDA. This means that it has not been studied in people, but it HAS been shown to cause problems when tested on animals. Talk to your oncologist and obstetrician, please. ...Read more