Fetus Growing But No Heartbeat Detected

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Celine77 - June 11

Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I'm seeking for answers. I am currently 8.5 weeks pregnant. I did an u/s scan on 5 June 06 and my fetal pole was 12.1mm. Yesterday (10 june 06), i did another u/s and it has grown to 20.8mm. But NO heartbeat was detected. I started spotting a few days ago and it got heavier yesterday. From the u/s, my cervix was closed and the fetus is growing but there is no heartbeat. I am puzzled - How can my fetus grow without a heartbeat? My doc gave me a progesterone injection and asked me to repeat the u/s 1 week later to decide if a D&C is necessary. What are your thoughts on this? Please help... anyone?


SashaP - June 11

It is possible that there was a heartbeat but it just stopped. I had a u/s at 8 weeks and they found twins but only 1 heartbeat. The baby that was viable had a very strong hearbeat. The next day I lost them both I started bleeding with no cramps went to the ER and there was no heartbeats. I had to have a D&C the next day. I'm sorry but they should have detected a beat at 8w. Is it possible that you may be wrong on how far a long you are? Good luck and if it comes down to the D&C do it, you heal a lot faster physically and emotionally.


Celine77 - June 12

Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I will repeat the u/s on Wed and decide what to do then. Meanwhile, my bleeding is heavier. I need to be mentally prepared for the worst. If the situation improves, I'll let you know... Thanks for responding.


SashaP - June 12

I hope everything turns out ok. My biggest problem was I wasn't prepared. When I called the Dr b/c I was gushing blood she told me it was most likely just the twin and the other was fine. I was not prepared to lose the entire pregnancy. So definately prepare yourself for the worst and hope for the best. Good luck on Wed keep me posted.


Celine77 - June 13

Just wanted to let you know that I had cramps and heavy bleeding last nite. Cramps were quite bad... whole nite. Didn't sleep. Blood clots and some tissue came out. This morning rushed to A&E. Did ultrasound scan and found out that the sac has collapsed. The fetus probably came out last nite... Did a D&C to remove the remaining tissues inside my body. Now I am resting at home. It was a day surgery. Thanks for your support and prayers thru this time of difficulty. I guess anything can happen during pregnancy. I hope that none of you will have to go thru this (again). Take care and God bless. Thank you once again...


SashaP - June 13

I'm so sorry Celine. It's about the worst thing that can happen to a women. Take care and rest I'll be around if you ever need to talk. I also visit the miscarriage and loss board.


Celine77 - June 17

Thanks for replying, Sasha. I'm sorry that you lost your twins. I pray that God will bless you with healthy babies soon. Take care & God bless.


SashaP - June 19

Thanks Celine. I wish the same for you.


frankschick2001 - June 19

It is probable that your baby DID in fact grow in size but by the time you did the second ultrasound the heart had stopped. It's a terrible thing to have happen, as I miscarried my first pregnancy the same way. If your doctor recommends, then get the D&C.



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