Friday, February 10, 2012

Blighted Ovum

Blighted ovum (or anembryonic gestation) is a common cause of miscarriage. It happens when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus but the resulting embryo either stops developing very early or doesn't form at all.


This is what a 10 week sonogram should look like:



This is what my 10 week sonogram looked like:



In January I had spotting with sharp cramping. After calling the doctor they said not to worry unless heavy bleeding occurs. Nothing else happened until Friday. I went in for my 10 week pregnancy check up and pap smear. Dr. Jones brought in a cheap sonogram machine to take a peek at the baby. I got my phone out all excited so I could take a picture and send it to Paul. After a few minutes looking around she called in Dr. Gurrero who is better at looking at sonograms. Neither of them could find the embryo. After the pelvic exam she ordered an official sonogram and blood test to check my hCG levels. After a quick call over to building B they sent me over right away. My bladder had to be full so I drank a ton of water and had to sit for an hour while it made its way to the bladder. I had to pee when I walked in the place... so you can imagine how bad I had to go while they did the sonogram! While I waited I had my blood drawn. After an hour I decided to tell the ladies I couldn't hold it anymore and they called me back. They did one sonogram on my abdomen and one with a probe inserted in the vagina (after I emptied my bladder thankfully). At 7 pm Dr. Jones called me and said that my hCG levels were pretty high (meaning there's a chance I could just be earlier in the pregnancy that we thought) but the sonograms showed an empty sack.

Tuesday I went in for more blood work (my arm is sore and bruised!) and this morning I called to get the results. My hCG levels were at 33 thousand when they originally took my blood. This test showed them at 18 thousand, confirming my worst fears. Miscarriage.

We have to wait a few months until we can start trying again. But try we will! :)

5 comments:

cluffgirl said...

Oh Stephanie, I'm so sorry! I can't imagine how you guy's are feeling. This is just awful!

Ashley said...

This makes me sad. But, yes, try again you will!!

*Katie May* said...

I'm so sorry Stephanie! Brendan told me earlier today and I was saddened to hear the news! Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you! You and Paul will be in our thoughts and prayers!

Clint and Tiffany said...

I'm so so so sorry. Miscarriages are hard to handle. Let me know if we can do anything for you, ok?

Andy and Michele said...

Oh Stephanie, that is horrible. I am so sorry. It's especially hard when you've been trying for so long. But it will all work out, just trust that, the Lord is aware of you.