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12 Feb 2004

"non-viable pregnancy"
Please help. I am a 33 year old healthy woman. My only child (boy) is 2 years old. My pregnancy went very well as did the delivery. I recently fell pregnant again. I estimated that I was about 6-7 weeks pregnant and met with gynaecologist 2 days ago. He did a sonar and took my blood pressure. No fetus was evident during the sonar - nor was there any heart beat. He measured the round cell (?) and confirmed that I was likely to be 6-7 weeks pregnant. My gynae told me the pregnancy was "not viable" and that the sperm was likely not to have carried the necessary "genetic material". To make sure he sent me for a blood test. The blood test is to be repeated after 48 hrs to check whether certain "levels" (of what exactly I am unsure) have doubled or not. If not then I was to have a procedure during which they would "scrap the uterus". I am leaving to have the second blood test in an hour or so. I am devastated by the visit to the gynae and am terrified of what the results will be. Can you offer me any advise? Is this common? How could I have prevented this? Will it happen again? What will the procedure entail?
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01 Jan 0001

This is common. It is called a missed abortion where the fetus does not develop. Your gynaecologist is probably measuring the levels of pregnancy hormones which will show whether the pregnancy has stopped developing. If this is the case, a womb scrape is done to remove the products. There is no way of preventing this and it is very unlikely that it will happen again, considering that your first pregnancy was normal.

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