pregnancy not showing on ultra sound

Annette - posted on 10/06/2014 ( 13 moms have responded )

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i believe i am 28 week pregnant, my husband and i went to the doctors on Sunday, the Dr placed a Doppler on my abdomen we heard the baby's heart beat when i asked him what the heart rate was he replied 140 beats, it was strong, he said congratulations your pregnant. We both walk out happy and excited, the next day i went for a ultrasound only to be told there was no baby. I am shattered. I look like i am pregnant,i am feeling movements, getting very uncomfortable now i am very confused. has any one else experienced this

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Corinne - posted on 09/30/2015

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Hello Annette,

I know that it has been almost a year, but can you tell me what resulted from your pregnancy.

My baby's heart beat was heard by a doctor in our ER at 154 and I was being checked at the same time and mine was at 100, my blood pressure was still high 150/90 and so the doctor requested an ultrasound stat, the ultrasound came back negative so the doctor said it was my heart beat we caught on the Doppler, when I asked her how my heart beat could simultaneously be 100 and 154 she just petted my arm and told me I was not pregnant. I will be 26 weeks on Saturday. I have had no prenatal care due to doctors not believing me but take vitamins and have found a prenatal pill I can finally take.

Please let me know what happened.

Thank you,

Cori

Chet - posted on 10/07/2014

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We don't know if the doctor actually confirmed the pregnancy with a doppler or just said, "congratulations you're pregnant" because he was trying to be cute - since at 28 weeks, with a heartbeat of 140 on the doppler, you're obviously pregnant!

I once asked about a weird pain at a checkup when I was in third trimester and was told, "congratulations, you're pregnant," meaning, weird stuff like that is just par for the course.

All around it's a very confusing and odd situation. Hopefully, like you said below, the original poster gets the answers she needs.

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2014

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While the first prenatal exam is done typically around 10 weeks, in May a pregnancy could have been confirmed via labs or ultrasound. What I take issue with is the doctor refuse to do any testing? Did the doctor tell her to return in a month? I guess it really does not matter at this point. My concern is a doctor who confirmed a pregnancy with just a doppler?

Dove - posted on 10/07/2014

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That may be true, but from May to October is a LONG time to be pregnant w/ zero monitoring.

Chet - posted on 10/07/2014

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The original poster went for the first doctor visit early in May, she could have been too early then to do anything then. There isn't much you can do at 6 weeks pregnant other than take a baseline weight. A lot of women don't go for their first prenatal visit until sometime between 8 to 12 weeks, especially if it isn't the first pregnancy.

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2014

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I hope you get the answers you need. I agree your post is very perplexing. Where did you go on a Sunday that a doctor evaluated you with a doppler? You answered that you saw a doctor in May but that doctor refused to do any testing? At your first prenatal exam?

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2014

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I am sorry. I misread the original post. I was thinking she had an ultrasound at the first visit with her doctor and another the next day. Still not following the rest, but that part was my mistake.

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2014

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Why did you do 2 ultrasounds back to back? None of your story is making sense.....especially with this being a third child.

Chet - posted on 10/07/2014

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Your heart rate should be in the 60 to 80 beats per minute range. I don't know how you could get a 140 beats per minute reading without a baby!

This entire situation is very strange. I hope you get some answers from the blood test and your second doctor visit.

Michelle - posted on 10/07/2014

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This is a very confusing situation.
At 28 weeks there would be something on the ultrasound, you can't hide a 28 week baby!
You could even have a cyst or something that has blood flowing through it.
Surely the ultrasound tech found something else if you are looking pregnant.
I think you need to be start asking more questions and demanding answers. Not going to a doctor since May when you think you are pregnant isn't good and your husband was right to make you see someone else. You now need to get further testing done to find out what is happening.

Annette - posted on 10/06/2014

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28 weeks is correct, going to the Doctor tonight, i have two pregnancies before both were normal, I am taking a multivitamin for pregnancy. I went to the Doctor back in May this year, the doctor refused to do any testing and have not seen a doctor since. My husband finally convinced me to see another Dr. The Tec who did the ultra sound said sorry there is no pregnancy.Monday morning had blood test, will get results tonight when i see doctor.Can you tell me if the Doppler can give a false reading.
Thanks

Chet - posted on 10/06/2014

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You said that you're 28 weeks in your post. Was that a typo?

What kind of prenatal care have you had so far? How many times have you been to the doctor?

Normally your first ultrasound is much earlier than 28 weeks. The regular scan is usually around 18 weeks or 20 weeks. Doctors usually start checking the heartbeat with the doppler around the end of first trimester (12 to 14 weeks).

After your ultrasound did you speak with a tech or a doctor? What did that person recommend for your?

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