Blightly Ovaum

User - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




Hi, I found out on 6th June that i was pregnant, i was so excited! I went to my docs who told me i was 7weeks and was due on 22nd Jan, going by my Last menstral period. One sunday afternoon exactly a week after i found out i was pregnant i had light bleeding, as a concerned first time mum i rushed to A and E, after waiting 3 hours i got examined by a doctor, she felt my tummy and told me to do a water sample to confirm i was pregnant (funnerly enough i was!!) she told me i had to come back on Tuesday to have a scan to make sure babys ok.

I was really excited in waiting for Tuesday to come, thinking i was going to bring a scan picture home for all my friends and family to look at.

Tuesday came around and while having my scan the lady looked really puzzled, she said the sack was there but there was no sign of a baby, she advised me this could be one of two things:

1. a silent misscarrige

2. my pregnancy being earlyier than i thought

so they decided to do a Hormone blood test. they took blood and in 48 hours took another set of blood , my first reading came back at 4000 by second reading came back at 6790 which ment the pregnany was still on going so i was really happy at that. they just needed to rule out that it could be a ectopic pregnany.

they booked me in for a scan exactly a week later on the 23rd of June. I was hoping again to see a baby or at least here a heart beat.

this time my sack had grown and doubled in size....but still no baby.

i had a chat with the nurse and she ruled out ectopic pregnany as i have no syptoms. eg no pain, heavy bleeding.

She advised me its something called blighted ovaum. They want me to go for a rescan on 30th June (dont ask why) =(

They are hoping the sack will break and disperse itself, if not they will have to do something simular to a dnc.

I dont really have any questions, i just wanted to hear from people that have either experianced this or know someone that has, aparently its called a silent misscarrige.

I am really gutted as i wanted to be a mum so bad.

Has anyone experianced this??

Any views or opinions would be a great help. Thank you xx


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I had the same thing happen to me. It's hard, but think of it as natural selection. If that baby had survived, it most likely would have had some serious developmental issues.

By the way, I went on to have a healthy baby right after that experience. So don't give up hope.


Sara - posted on 06/25/2009




I had almost the same thing happen to me about 6 years ago. testing confirmed my pregnancy, but ultrasound only revealed an empty sac. I have never hear the term "blighted ovaum" however, what you describe sounds just what happened to me. I was about as far along as you were as well. I had to wait for a dnc, however I ended up having a full miscarriage the night before the dnc and it was aweful- blood and major cramping. I still had the dnc to ensure that all was flushed out. I was very sad, and thought that I would never have another child ( I had an 18 month old at the time). However, I got pregnant a year later, and then again two years after that. I have three beautiful and healthy children.

I am so sorry for your loss, however I am sure that you will be able to get pregnant again soon, and have a normal and healthy pregnancy and child!! Good luck to you, and I hope this provides some info or comfort.

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I have had three miscarriages between 10-12 weeks. Two of those were just as you described. My doctors said they were "blighted ovum" each time. The other time, the pregnancy developed to where a heartbeat was seen, and then stopped developing. There was no longer a heartbeat, and I was told I had a missed miscarriage. All three times, I ended up having a D&C. From what I understand, there is usually a genetic or development problem, and the pregnancy terminates itself. The D&C is usually necessary to ensure that all remains of the pregnancy is removed so that you don't get an infection or have problems in the future. I've had a stillbirth since then (true knot in umbilical cord), but I am 27 weeks pregnant again now (and have 2 prior living children). You may never have a problem again. You can do a search, however, and find information about missed miscarriages and blighted ovums online. Hope that helps.

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Hi Kayla, I have had a Blighted Ovum in the past. It was my 2nd pregnancy, and I, like you, was very excited. We already had a beautiful baby girl who was 10 months old and we were very excited to give her a sibling. We found out it was a Blighted Ovum when my husband and I went for the 1st ultra-sound, and like you I was so excited to be able to bring home an ultra-sound photo to show off, I was 9 weeks along & all seemed fine. Unfortunately my doc saw no baby, & of course there was no heartbeat... just a sack. My sack did begin to pass within a few days of that ultra-sound & I did have to have a D&C... it was no big deal... in & out of the hospital the same day... but it was very sad. I did go on to have 2 more healthy children though... and I also had 2 additional miscarriages, but they were earlier on... about 4 wks along each, so they were not Blighted Ovums as was the 1st miscarriage. All I can say Kayla... is that God must have known there was something wrong, or the pregnancy would have been viable. Just trust in the Lord, pray and you will most assuredly be fine and have as many healthy babies as you would like to. It will take some time to grieve and heal, but I believe it will be easier on you than if you had gone much further into your pregnancy. I have friends who have gone to term or nearly so before miscarrying or having a still-born, and that is much more devastating. I wish you peace and will say a prayer for your continued healing. Kindest regards, ~Melissa

Christie - posted on 06/25/2009




Hi Kayla, so sorry to hear of your loss. I too lost my first baby due to a blighted ovum. I was 12 weeks along and started spotting. Went to the dr., no heartbeat and no growth. Blighted ovum meaning the egg attaches to the wall and never develops. I had a D & C also to remove the tissue. It was hard but you will get through it! It has been 7 years since that happened and I now have 3 beautiful little girls. Don't give up and keep praying. :)

Brenda - posted on 06/25/2009




Hi Kayla,

I do understand what you are going through and have had the same experience. I was 12 weeks when the ultrasound showed the sack was empty. I was devistated as this was the result of 3 years of fertility treatments.

However, the good news is....I did get pregnant again. Still with the help of fertility, but we had a beautiful healthy baby girl 2 months ago today!

I was worried from the first experience that it would happen again...and it did not. So, please put your mind to rest and don't think that the possibility of being a Mom is not reachable for you, because it most certainly is.

I really had a hard time with the blighted ovaum miscarriage. I just didn't understand why...I beat myself up over it for a long time..wondering what I did wrong etc.

I could not stand when people would say...oh just was not ment to be..and stupid comments like that! I could have poked their eyes out!

Then I realized one day.......that obviously the baby was not healthy and did not continue to develope. Perhaps it was good for the "baby" that it did not continue or life may not have been a healthy one for him or her if the pregnancy didn't start off well right from the beginning.

It may take a while to look at it from this point of view as you need to process and accept and I completely understand that so well.

I guess my point is....this is not the end or only chance of you becoming a Mom.

It's a terrible experience and very sad loss...but you will have a beautiful baby some day. Don't give up, because it will be the best thing that ever happens to you!


Aurora - posted on 06/24/2009




just reading about your situation and it gave me chills. i am so sorry to hear that you are going through this. i wish you all the luck in the world and i will pray for you.

just remember that if things get to be too much, there are support groups out there. you can get in touch with them and find people that have been in this situation. they will give you support and give you ideas as to how to cope with this.

good luck, i wish you all the best.

Nicole - posted on 06/24/2009




hi Kayla,
i'm so sorry to hear that you are going through this. i've never heard of a silent miscarriage before. however, i did have a miscarriage before i had my son who is now 2 months old. i don't know exactly how you are feeling, but i can imagine you're probably having the same feelings as i did. i know how upsetting it can be! i lost my baby very early on so i didn't feel movements or even hear a heartbeat yet, but i know there was a baby there and that i had lost it. i was very upset b/c i wanted to be a mom so bad!! now that i am, it's the best thing in the world! i absolutely love it! what i'm trying to say it if being a mom is something you really want, then you should try again. now you know that you can get pregnant and i don't know anything about blighted ovaum, but i was very scared i was going to have another miscarriage. but i didn't! i had a wonderful, normal pregnancy the whole 9 months and was blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby boy! hope things get better for you and that you become a mommy soon!! good luck to you and if you just need someone to talk to or have any questions, feel free to write me anytime. :)

DONNA - posted on 06/24/2009




I have known of many very high risk pregnancies, but this term I regrettably have never heard used. I do know one thing.....If you want to be a mom so bad, and there is a chance now, then god is working. Pray very hard, he will answer your prayer. I had a hard pregnancy and so have my friends and we have healthy, strong babies and are more blessed than anyone could imagine. pray real hard and have others pray with you and for you. Bless you. Good Luck

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