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July 5th, 2013, 09:37 PM
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Hi everyone, I'm new to this site, found myself lurking a while back and decided to join and see if I could get input on something:

When I got my BFP I called my Dr.'s office and they scheduled me for a 10 week checkup. I went in this week and the doctor did an abdominal u/s and told me that my baby was measuring at a little over 9 weeks and had an irregular heartbeat and sent me next door to get a vaginal u/s done.

When I got to the main hospital to get the ultrasound, they only gave me an abdominal one, I didn't even see the baby on the screen, the tech was explaining that she was measuring ovaries and blood flow to ovaries and the shape and size of my uterus. Then she sent my on my way.

The doctor came back in and said that they didn't see the heartbeat either and started talking about getting a D and C. I asked him how sure he is, he said that because they did a vaginal u/s, he is 100% sure, based on that and what he saw earlier that day (He explained that the flicker he was seeing on my first ultrasound was blood flowing from the placenta). When I told him that they didn't give me a vaginal ultrasound, he quickly said that their equipment is better then his, and if they could see everything with the abdominal one then they wouldn't have needed to do a vaginal.

I have an appointment with another doctor in a week to get a second opinion. (I left the doctor's office feeling totally in the dark and unconvinced that I will have a miscarriage.). I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but at the same time, I've read many stories where the heartbeat doesn't show up on abdominal ultrasounds until the 2nd trimester. Do any of you have any experience in this area? I'm going crazy waiting a whole week and not knowing what is going on!
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July 6th, 2013, 04:33 PM
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I think you are doing the right thing by getting a second opinion. It does not sound appropriate to me that the doctor is all over the place like that.

Please do not consent to a D&C until you get another ultrasound from another physician. Good luck sweetie! And let us know how it goes!
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July 10th, 2013, 08:01 AM
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You are doing the right thing by getting a second opinion. I would be requesting a vaginal us and wanting to be shown the screen during so, but that's a preference of mine.

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July 14th, 2013, 05:38 PM
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Agreed with PP. get a vaginal u/s done. Early in my pregnancy, they could never get a good abdominal u/s done and had to do vaginal in order to even see anything on the screen. Get another opinion for sure!
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