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When is a miscarriage diagnosed if no fetal heartbeat is seen? I went 8wks after missed period and no HB was detected, can this be normal?

When is a miscarriage diagnosed if no fetal heartbeat is seen? I went 8wks after missed period and no HB was detected, can this be normal?

Possible: If you ovulated late it is possible. If you can measure a crown rump lenght and still can't see a heart beat it is very likely that this is a blighted ovum or missed abortion (the name for all pregnancy early loss not just induced ones).Good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


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5weeks 5days fetal heartbeat detected. Brown constant spotting since period was due. Chance of miscarriage?

5weeks 5days fetal heartbeat detected. Brown constant spotting since period was due. Chance of miscarriage?

Sounds good: Congratulations. Spotting is usually irrelevant, but worth watching, heavier bleeding is more worrisome. Heartbeat at less than 6 weeks is also very reassuring. No one can tell you your chances, but statistically at age 29 - if 29 is your correct age - you have over 90% chance of continuing into the second trimester. ...Read more

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Im 6 weeks 4 days but ultrasound puts me at 6 weeks 1 day! Saw sac yolk sac and fetal heartbeat it was only 95 shushould I be worried of,miscarriage?

Congratulations: You are pregnant. Worrying about miscarrying is unhelpful all around. Nothing about your US report suggests a higher risk of miscarriage. ...Read more

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Fetal heartbeat detected at 5w 3days, slight spotting, very mild cramping. What is the chance of miscarriage?

Fetal heartbeat detected at 5w 3days, slight spotting, very mild cramping. What is the chance of miscarriage?

Still too early: A pos fetal heart beat is great. It can still miscarry, especially if the fetus has some small or genetic defects you cannot see with any ulltrasound. If spotting and significant bleed, i usually counsel the chances of a surviving nl pregnancy at at least 50/50... Best wishes! ...Read more

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U/s at possibly 7w5d gestational sac and fetal pole measuring at 6w1d but no yolk sac or heartbeat. Miscarriage or miscalculation?

U/s at possibly 7w5d gestational sac and fetal pole measuring at 6w1d but no yolk sac or heartbeat. Miscarriage or miscalculation?

Dates could be off: I would not expect to see definite fetal heart activity at 6wk 1dy. A repeat ultrasound in one week will resolve the question. If the pregnancy is viable there should be appropriate interval growth and definite fetal heart activity. If not, then there had been an early fetal demise. In cases of blighted ovum a fetal pole does not develop. ...Read more

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8 week abdominal us, fetal pole with no heartbeat, no measurement taken. No signs miscarriage, conceived approx 5.5wk ago, worry??

8 week abdominal us, fetal pole with no heartbeat, no measurement taken. No signs miscarriage, conceived approx 5.5wk ago, worry??

Clarification: If you are saying that an ultrasound was done that showed an 8 week size fetus without a heartbeat then this indicates a miscarriage. A heartbeat should be visible around the 6 week mark. Clarify with the treating an obgyn. A very clear plan should have been discussed with you when the sonogram was done. ...Read more

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6wks, 6days post ivf, tech can see fetal pole & sac, no heartbeat. Had gush of blood a few days earlier. Hcg still rising. Is this a miscarriage?

6wks, 6days post ivf, tech can see fetal pole & sac, no heartbeat. Had gush of blood a few days earlier.  Hcg still rising.  Is this a miscarriage?

IVF miscarraige: 1) congratulations on you becoming pregnant. 2) this cannot be determined at this time. In your favor: rising hcg presence of pole unfavorable of course is the "gush of blood". However, bleeding sometimes occurs with implantation of the embryp/placental growth. Make sure you're not rh- with a presence of fetal pole, you should see a fetal heart in maximum one week with a normal pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hi I am 13 weeks preg. Had a miscarriage last year due no fetal heartbeat. Got 7x6 fibroid removed. Unicorn uterus. Will I have miscarriage again?

Unlikely: Once you've reached the second trimester (assuming you have a normal single intrauterine pregnancy with a heart beat and no other medical conditions) your risk of miscarriage drops significantly. That said, i would suggest discuss these issues and concerns with your obstetrician at your next visit. ...Read more

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First ultrasound showed healthy fetus, second ultrasound no fetus or heartbeat. Did I have a miscarriage?

First ultrasound showed healthy fetus, second ultrasound no fetus or heartbeat. Did I have a miscarriage?

Exact answer needs .: Details and review of the images. Given what you describe, and assuming no mistake with the first ultrasound (meaning there was an embryo), then the lack of a viable embryo/fetus would mean a miscarriage during the interval. Please discuss with your ob/gyn. A blood test of the pregnancy hormone (HCG) can be performed twice a couple of days apart - if decreasing, would confirm pregnancy loss. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is 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 an elective interrupted ...Read more


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Abortion (Definition)

In medical circles, the term abortion applies to any loss of a pregnancy before 25 weeks, such as spotaneous abortion (ie miscarrage). In non-medical circles, it refers to the termination of ...Read more