So far I've had two dating scans. The first, I thought I was 8 weeks along, turns out I had my dates wrong, and I was in fact 6 weeks along. The bub was all crampt up in a corner and the measurements were hard to take. The Sonographer said to come back in a couple of weeks. Both scans could detect a heart beat, and with the second scan we could all see our baby moving about!
6 weeks 2 days - 124 beats per min (Due 15 August 2013 approximately)
9 weeks 3 days - 167 beats per min (Due 10 August 2013)
It was around 9 weeks where our baby passed away last time 2 years ago, so I feel a little better we are now past that point. I can feel my lower abdominal pushing out a little and feeling hard. I just keep thinking of our baby moving about in there... I have a strong sense he's going to be a boy too.
But what I wanted to get peoples opinions on is, are these heart rates looking OK? What is the likelihood of me having another missed/miscarriage?
Is it normal to have the dates switch up a bit to what you thought? I went off the pill and got pregnant straight away, so had no chance to know what my usual period was expected.
Background: I had a missed miscarriage 2 years ago. There was a heart beat at 6 weeks, then went in for the 12 week scan and found the baby had passed away at around 9 weeks. I still had all the pregnancy symptoms, no cramps and no bleeding, so I thought everything was ok.... then my body wouldn't abort the baby naturally, so I had to go into hospital for a D&C. They then analyzed our baby after the D&C. She was fine. It turns out the egg didn't bury deep enough into my womb to latch on. So as she grew, she detached. Very sad when you know she was going to be a girl and nothing was wrong with her.
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09-01-2013 16:56 #1
10-01-2013 01:46 #2
I'm not am expert but I wanted to respond because I see no one else has... I am so sorry for your previous loss. In my pregnancy I had several complications in the first trimester, and I became obsessed with reading about the odds etc.
From what I know, you are a little more likely to miscarry if you have done so previously, and of course the risk of miscarriage increases with age. Having said that, I believe you were extremely unlucky to have had your previous miscarriage, as from my information the risk of miscarrying at nine weeks after hearing a heartbeat is 0.5% at 9 weeks.
If it were me, I'd be feeling cautiously optimistic, particularly as your bub has a nice strong heartbeat. I remember that agonizing wait until 12 weeks (which becomes an agonizing wait til gender scan, if you're into it, then til foetal viability etc!). From my own experience, it can become an obsession to google odds. I know you know that it's not in your control, but I hope you can relax and not worry too much until you hit second trimester.
To answer your other question, I knew that my date of conception couldn't have been when the scans and doctors suggested (well, almost impossible). No one listened to me throughout, and I ended up delivering 'early' at 38 weeks. My son had long finger and toenails, which is a sign of being well past baked, and was 8.1 pounds. In the last few weeks my doctors were constantly telling me about my 'massive baby' and my due date was revised by five days. I found this all extremely stressful as the prospect of birthing such a huge baby was intimidating to me. Early in my pregnancy I was measuring behind, then spot on, then ahead, apparently. I think it's just an imperfect science, and if I did it all again, I would try to focus on the important things: that the foetus is growing and has all the parts it needs.
Good luck, and I send you sticky baby wishes!
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Those heart rates look perfectly normal op!! Congrats!
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10-01-2013 06:52 #4
They look perfectly normal. Dates can differ with growth of Bub. Try not to stress. I've had a lot of mc's so do understand.
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10-01-2013 06:59 #5
Sounds like they had a lot of trouble seeing bubs at 6 weeks which is normal cause bubs is SO small. A 1mm difference in measurements at that point makes a big difference in the estimated due date. I would be cautiously very optimistic if I were you. I fully understand your anxiety, but as mrsharvey said if you have an ultrasound at 9 weeks showing a heart beat then your risk of miscarriage is VERY low.
All the best for a super sticky bub
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10-01-2013 07:01 #6
Yep those heart rates look great. First scan for me was at 7 weeks, 122bpm second scan was at 9 weeks, 170bpm and now at 14 weeks I have a Doppler and it's usually between 150-160bpm
I'm not sure if heart rates can indicate your chances of miscarriage, but those heart rates you saw match mine perfectly and all is going well so far for me
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Our little bub's heart rate at 6+1 was only 109bpm which I thought seemed really low. We were especially worried since I'd had some bleeding as well. But the tech said it was within the normal range still. By 8 weeks it had gone up to 176bpm and at 12 weeks it was 163. Most recently, at 19 weeks, it was around 120bpm (can't remember the exact number). There is such a huge range in the early stages. The numbers you have been given seem good to me.
Also with the difference in dates, we've been told a different due date at every scan. Currently, bub is measuring 1 week and 4 days ahead of his due date. Early on, a small difference in size can make a big difference in the due date they will give you. I don't think you need to stress too much, although I know how hard it is not to
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