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No baby at 10weeks
I have recently been for what I thought was my 10weeks scan only to be told there's a sac but no baby I've had no bleeding or discomfort only normal pregnancy symptoms I had a scan at 6 weeks and a healthy heartbeat was detected is there anyway possible they have got it wrong I no so confused and upset
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1994832 tn?1484869872
Hello

I am sorry you're going through this.

At 10 weeks there will be a fetus and a heart beat. The same thing happened to me. I went to my 12 week scan and the sack was present, but no fetus or heartbeat.

I was shocked that I haven't miscarried the pregnancy like most women do, so I thought all was going smoothly, so it was a real shock and incredibly heartbreaking. I was angry with my body for not warning me by experiencing the bleeding, at least then I would of known that I was losing the pregnancy.

It seems to me that it's likely that you're having a missed miscarriage. Click on link below.

You can also Google misses miscarriage for more information. You will be given option to start of the miscarriage such as taking some forms of pills to kick start of the miscarriage or you can have a operation called the D&C.

You will most likely be scanned again just as a routine check but you would definitely have a fetus inside the sac with a heart beat at 10 weeks.

I know it's hard and am very sorry but going through this. X
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1994832 tn?1484869872
What is a missed miscarriage?

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Kim Mackenzie-Morris

Midwife sonographer and expert on scans.


After conception, a fertilised egg implants in your womb (uterus). Sadly, occasionally something goes wrong, and the pregnancy doesn’t continue to develop. This is a missed miscarriage, also called a silent miscarriage. 

It’s called a missed miscarriage because you won’t realise that anything has gone wrong. You may not have had any of the usual signs of miscarriage, such as pain or bleeding.

It may be that an embryo didn’t develop at all and the pregnancy sac is empty. This is called a blighted ovum. Or it may be that an embryo started to grow, but then stopped growing. 

Your body may still be giving you signals that you're pregnant. However, if your hormone levels are starting to fall, those signs may decrease slightly. Your breasts may feel less tender, or any nausea may have stopped before you expected it to.

Despite these subtle signs, you may only find out that anything's wrong when you have your first ultrasound scan. This is when you may be told either that the pregnancy sac is empty, or that the embryo has no heartbeat. 

The news is bound to come as a shock, and you may find it hard to accept. Allow yourself time to come to terms with it. 

You may find it reassuring to know that you're not alone in going through this loss. Sadly, 20 per cent of pregnancies, or one in five, end in miscarriage in the first three months of pregnancy. Be reassured that most women go on to have successful pregnancies after a missed miscarriage.

What causes a missed miscarriage?

A missed miscarriage usually happens because something went wrong in early pregnancy. Perhaps the embryo had the wrong number of chromosomes. At the moment of conception, when the sperm meets the egg, 23 chromosomes from each parent should meet, to make 46 in total. 

Alternatively, perhaps there were the right number of chromosomes, but a piece of one was missing or duplicated. This means the genetic material carried on the chromosomes wasn't right for a baby to develop. 

In a missed miscarriage, either the embryo doesn’t develop, or it doesn’t get very far and the heartbeat stops. Occasionally it happens beyond the first few weeks, perhaps at eight weeks or 10 weeks, or even further on.

If your sonographer thinks you have a missed miscarriage based on your ultrasound, she'll need to confirm with another scan. This means she'll either examine you again in a week's time, or get another sonographer to confirm the diagnosis with a vaginal scan. 

If no embryo can be seen, a missed miscarriage can only be confirmed if the pregnancy sac is at least 25mm (1in). If an embryo can be seen, but does not appear to have a heartbeat, the embryo must measure at least 7mm (0.3in) for your sonographer to be sure.

In later pregnancy, missed miscarriages may be due to an infection such as parvovirus or rubella. If your doctor thinks this may be the cause, she'll offer you a blood test for toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex (TORCH). This will look for infections and may, at least, give you an answer. 

What will happen after the diagnosis?

You don't have to decide immediately what you'd prefer to do. You may need some time to think about it.

You may decide to let nature take its course. Or you may decide to have a minor operation called an evacuation of retained products of conception (ERPC). This operation will remove any pregnancy tissues from your womb (uterus). Your obstetrician will carry out the ERPC under a general anaesthetic, normally as a day procedure. 

If you've had a miscarriage, it's natural to be anxious that it could happen again. But most women go on to have a successful pregnancy the next time round. Your doctor may recommend an early scan to reassure you if you become pregnant again. If this isn't offered where you live, and you're very worried, your GP can request a scan.

However, very early scans can give uncertain results. If you can, wait until you're more than six weeks, or better still, eight weeks pregnant. This will give you a much better idea of how your pregnancy is going.

It's natural to search for answers if you’ve lost a pregnancy. Sadly, early miscarriage is common, so try not to blame yourself. For more support and information about miscarriage, contact The Miscarriage Association.

  
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