Originally posted by Kimpbrakke 11/4/2004
I just wanted to post my story on this website to give those of you who need it, some hope. I am 7 weeks, 3 days along.
Last Tuesday, I was having a small amount of brown discharge. I also had some cramping (not just on one side, but all over) and a fever and the chills. This continued into Wednesday, so I gave my doctor a call. She thought it would be beneficial for me to come in, so I did. When I got to the doctor, she did a vaginal ultrasound, and I was so disappointed to see an empty sac--with nothing in it. She was able to locate the ovarian cyst (about 4 cm) that is supposed to be there to protect the pregnancy, but by looking at the ultrasound, she thought I was only 4-5 weeks along. I knew this was not true b/c my husband and I didn't try for too many days--so I knew that my timing could be only a couple days, but not weeks off.
She was very discouraged with my ultrasound, but insisted that we do a blood test to see where my HCG levels were at. They ended up coming back at 66,000, which was very normal and good for 6 weeks. She was encouraged by my blood work, and explained to me that sometimes it is just very hard to get a good look at the baby early on in pregancy.
I went back to the doctor on Friday, but in the meantime on Thursday--I spent the entire day on the web reading and trying to figure out what was going on with me. The most helpful information I came across was the fact that if you have a tilted uterus--it can be very hard to get a good vaginal ultrasound until you are about 8-10 weeks along. My doctor has told me that my uterus is EXTREMELY tilted, so I was happy to read that information.
When I went back in on Friday afternoon, they took my blood and I waited in the office until the results came in. My doctor called me back and said that my HCG leves had raised to 90,000--they had not doubled, but she said they were high to begin with in the first place, and she was very happy that they had gone up. At that point--she asked if I wanted to do another ultrasound--OF COURSE I DID!!
For this ultrasound, I made sure I had a completely empty bladder (the first one my bladder was pretty full b/c I had had so much water that day--it was filling up pretty fast). The second she started the ultrasound, we were able to see our little baby growing inside the sac! He/she was WAY in the back, and my doctor had the ultrasound probe (is that the right word?) all the way tilted towards the back to get a good angle. We were even able to see his/her little heart beating! It was so amazing. She said the baby looks good, and everything is developing well. He/she was just hiding during the first ultrasound!
I just wanted to share my story with you. I was so discouraged and upset last week, and it was from stories like mine--that I found hope.
I continue to run a slight fever (about 99.5) but my doctors office told me that with all the changes going on in my body right now, that is not uncommon to run a slight temperature. I attribute the brown discharge to the fact that if I was not pregnant, I was due to get my period last week. The discharge only lasted 2 days, and I have not seen it since.
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if you ever need to talk! I hope my story has helped you! Please do not give up hope--like I said and you have probably heard--if you have a tilted uterus--it can make it very hard to see the baby until 8-10 weeks.
Good luck to you all, my thoughts are with you.