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Not a mom here, but an expecting dad. My wife has a high risk pregnancy and just wanted to give some insight to our situation.
Her last "normal" period was the 2nd week of August, which should put her at 7 weeks now. She was using a ParaGard IUD, so we were not expecting to become pregnant. She started what she thought was her period on Sept. 13th, but it seemed to go on and on ( for 18 days ) rather than stop after a week as it usually does. The doctors also were not concerned that she could be pregnant due to the effectiveness of the IUD, but they did advise to take a test to rule it out. The first test ( a dollar store brand ) came back negative we thought, but we decided to take two more tests on Sunday - the digital kind. They both came back positive.
With the bleeding ongoing and seemingly not slowing down, we were going to head to the ER, as we've heard how the IUD can cause an ectopic pregnancy if conception does occur. The doctor on call from our OBGYN said to come in in the morning to the office. We went in and they set us up with an ultrasound. The IUD was in the correct place still, and the gestational sac was visible and implanted very low they said. It concerned me because the only thing they could see with a transvaginal ultrasound was the gestational sac and I've heard a yolk/heartbeat should be visible by now.
The doctor removed the IUD and spoke with us. He told us that a miscarriage is a very real possibility due to a number of factors. It's also worth mentioning that my wife has Factor Five Leiden, which as many of you know makes her clot more easily. They took some bloodwork and we're going tomorrow for another blood draw to compare HCG levels. She's been spotting today and yesterday as well. We're both excited about the prospect of becoming parents, but we're also very scared because we know that the odds are currently against us. Have any of you ever had experiences similar to this?
I don't have any personal experiences with IUD's so, I'm really of no help there. I do, though, have Factor V Leiden and am currently pregnant with my 3rd baby. So, I'm sure the doctor will put her on Lovenox or maybe even Heparin. There are several of us here with it and have all had successful pregnancies! Good luck and let us know what happens tomorrow!
Mom to 4 beautiful kids! 3 on Earth and 1 in heaven. Our little girl, Matilda Hope had Down Syndrome. She was born with TMD, a disease that is like leukemia. She fought that and beat it. Then, she had liver failure. She beat that, too. On October 17, 2014 she had NEC, necrotizing enterocolitis. My baby went to Heaven on October 19, 2014. She lived exactly one month.
I'm sorry I don't have any advice to add, but I have heard of women who can't see anything more than the gestational sac (even with a transvaginal u/s) around 7-8 weeks due to a tilted uterus, weight around their midsection, or other variables.
I will keep you and your wife in my thoughts and prayers...and kudos for you for reaching out to get more knowledge and support.