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I have found I was pregnant the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. That Weds I started spotting and I went to the ER (BTW I have already lost one baby at 16wks) They checked my cervix and did an u/s and also checked my levels. Well, everything seemed normal, my levels were kinda low at about 265...They couldn't see anything b/c it was to early in the pregnancy considering I was only 4wks and 1 day. Well, they scheduled another u/s that following Monday. That morning I was working and all of a sudden I felt something wet...I went to the bathroom and there was more weird looking blood...some looked fresh and some looked old. I went to my appt early and they drew blood and did another u/s. My levels were at 2,200 and they saw a Gestational Sac. They DR told me not to worry and to come back on Monday. I never stopped spotting...Yesterday got worse...I spotted bright red and some dark blood. Again I rushed to the DR's office...They didn't seem to concerned b.c of what they saw on Monday and told me if it got worse to come back or go to the ER. That didn't work for me...So, they decided to see me at the end of the clinic hours. They called me in for another u/s...well time the Tech couldn't find anything at all. And called the DR in. The DR said I have passed the sac today and that she was sorry..She knows I already had one loss. But she wanted to check my level to make sure what they were doing. I went home and I got a call later from the DR who saw me Monday..He told me that my levels were going up, they were at 4,000. He said I need to come in Monday for another u/s. And he didn't rule out A-topic or ectopic pregnancy. He said he would find it hard to believe if I had one b.c my levels are moving up beautifully and with abnormal pregnancy my levels would be low. I am so angry and confused! I need and want answers!
Sorry, I just need to vent. Has anyone ever experienced something to this situation?
First of all, try to take a deep breath. I'd never tell you to relax because you cant and wont. Waiting for the answers one way or another is the worst.
The HCG rising is awesome - focus on that. The fact that they didn't see the sac, may mean they did a bad scan or something else all together. In early pregnancy (Until you are far enough to see a heart beat, they use the HCG to tell you if it's ok, the ultrasound is really only worth it's weight after about 6 weeks.
I have lost 4 babies, I know how you must feel. But, there is hope - I've had 3 healthy ones and now am preg. with my 4th and it looks good. With this one, I've been spotting on and off for about 3 weeks. Sometimes it's bright red (no clotting) but most of the time it's a dark brown and mostly when I wipe. In the case of the brown blood it's old blood your bodys' getting rid of because it no longer needs it. Your blood count goes way off the charts when you are preg. so there is a lot of extra blood "down there". Try not to have sex; pelvic rest (nothing in the canal) is very important. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Thank you for the reply. Dh and I have not had sex b.c of all the spotting and I heard your cervix is very sensitive while pregnant. When the Tech was looking around she couldn't even find my left overie. And said something about my intestines being in the way. And then saying she sees a sliver of fluid in my uterus.
HCG levels is the only that is giving me hope. One nurse said since I have had so many tranvaginal u/s I am probably bleeding from that. But I still don't understand the deep dark red and some bright red blood.
I know I should stop stressing...Everyone is telling me to go back. But I am tired of them poking me with that thing and making me bleed! lol Thank you for listening to me!
At 5 weeks they can start to see the Amniotic sac; at about 5.5-6 weeks they see the yolk; at 6 weeks the may be able to see the positive cardiac movement. At 7 weeks they should absolutely see it, but it can still bea bit difficult if they aren't great with the ultrasound. Until your HCG is over 5-6000 they probably won't see much more than a sliver.
As for the bleeding: the rule of thumb is if you are bleeding more than a pad an hour, having very bad cramping and clotting - just keep an eye on it. Frustrating, I know, I'm on my own "spotting watch". But, I've been spotting for about 3 weeks - and my pregnancy is still going strong. There are days where my doubts are so high and I have to remind myself my numbers are going up, they saw this or that...
I think you and I are in the same boat with the trans vag. ultrasounds. Each week, they do at least one. I tend to spot more on those days. Here's some food for thought: They tend to use a bit of that gel - that stuff mixed with the spotting old blood will tend to look like a bit more. Plus you do have a lot more discharge stuff when you are preg, because of the increased blood flow. The cervix is VERY sensative when you are preg. So I am right there with you not wanting another trans. ultrasound.
Here is my final advice - be your own advocate! You know yourself and your own body, you have to speak up when you don't undestand or agree with them. You ARE paying them, if you don't mesh well with this doc find another. I've fired one doctor before I had my sons, found my doc at Cleveland Clinic (the man walks on water to us) then moved to AZ was seeing one doc and I always felt like his one hand was on the door know and he was blowing off my fears and questions. So, I interviewed a couple of others until I found one who would hold my hand, look me in the eyes and treat me like a person who needed more than an exam.
I'm still spotting, but each week, I have another ultrasound which shows me things are ok. I'll keep you in my prayers.