I am scared I am going to lose my baby

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    Lucy Sherwin


    last January, 8th I took 2 pregnancy tests and both were positive.

    Next Saturday I took a blood pregnancy test and it was again positive… that’s why I visited my OB/GYN and after a transvaginal ultrasound she said I was 7 weeks pregnant according to the starting date of the last period, which was on November, 19th.

    But right after the ultrasound, she said my gestational sac was too small, as if it was that of a 5-week pregnancy and nothing else could be seen… She told me to do some tests for the detection of the hCG hormone and, if it wasn’t 3 times higher after 2 days… I would have no choice but to stop my pregnancy. Does it really work this way? I still haven’t had the chance to enjoy the feeling of finally being pregnant!!

    January 13, 2016 at 7:07 am
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    Sandra F.
    Fertility counselor

    Dear Lucy,

    my advice now is that you should test again for pregnancy (blood pregnancy test) to check whether your pregnancy is likely to get ahead or not.

    Keep in mind that hCG levels rise every 48 hours approximately: if it does not follow this pattern, I’m afraid it indeed means that your pregnancy has stopped and you are likely to miscarry. This is called “embryonic arrest”.

    The reason why your doctor asked you to do those test is because at the moment she is not sure whether it is a case of slow embryo growth or embryonic arrest. Thus, my advice is this: be prudent and wait for the result of your blood pregnancy test.

    The following post may be of interest: Beta hCG levels during pregnancy.

    I hope I have been able to help,


    January 14, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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    Hi Doc.

    How are you today?

    Well, I need your kind advise urgently.

    The last time I wrote you was 31st March on the general forum page, which I told you I had my PT done both Urine and Blood and all confirmed positive. (day 5 ET (6BA and 3BC) on 8th March).

    Also, I told you I had some cramps under my abdonmen which you confirmed it might be pregnancy symptoms but if painful I should contact my Gyn.

    Anyways, the pain is NOT painful, but I had some little brownish charge last weekend that lasted for 2-3 days (Very little droplets).

    So I went to for transvaginal ultrasound as advised by my gyn on Saturday 2nd April. But my Gyn told me the gestational sac was too small (8mm), she advised that I repeat same ultrasound in a weeks time which is going to be this Friday 8th or 9th April.

    Please can you advise me on what is going on with me?

    Standing by for your kind and swift response as usual.


    April 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm
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      Sandra F.
      Fertility counselor

      Dear Goldfish,

      a gestational sac smaller than normal may be an indicator that there is some issue with your pregnancy, that fetal development is not taking place as expected or that it may be a case of anembryonic pregnancy. We’ll have to wait up until your next ultrasound scan to see how it is developing and whether the embryo can be seen or not.

      I hope you can share your results with us.

      Best wishes!

      April 5, 2016 at 9:15 am
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    Hi Doc,

    Thanks for your reply…I appreciate your swift response.

    Am sorry I disturb you a lot, but I do not know who to talk to apart from my Gyn.

    Ehmmmm… Today I got some pinkish kind of blood flowing though not heavy but I have some menstrual-kind of pain below my abdomen.

    Please can you advise what is going on?

    I am just confused here…

    Standing by for your very kind and swift response as usual.

    Thank you

    April 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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      Sandra F.
      Fertility counselor

      Hello again Goldfish,

      how are you today? That menstrual-kind of pain below your abdomen and the pinkish discharge are common pregnancy symptoms. Discharge may be still some embryo implantation bleeding.

      In principle, there is no reason to worry, I am afraid we cannot get further details until you have your second ultrasound done. My advice is that you try to keep your mind busy these days, as stress is not good for your health now.


      April 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm