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That 'Miscarriage' Could Have Been a Healthy Baby

by Adriana Velez on December 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

home pregnancy testI don't know how ready we are to hear this news, but here goes: Apparently doctors may be diagnosing miscarriages too early. As in, you call with symptoms and someone says, "Yup, it's a miscarriage, come on in and we'll expedite things for you." And they're wrong. The Daily Mail says up to 400 women in the UK may have lost their perfectly healthy babies (zygotes?) through mistaken diagnosis. And supposedly this is all because of super-sensitive home pregnancy tests.

Okay, I don't want to go into the what-ifs because there's nothing we can do about them. And because that's just a terrifying, heartbreaking prospect for too many women. Let's look forward -- how do you avoid getting mistakenly diagnosed with a miscarriage?

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So we all know pregnancy is tricky and mysterious, and our hormones can fluctuate wildly, and the range of what's "normal" is so wide it's enough to drive us batty. Well, apparently those home pregnancy tests can "say" that you're no longer pregnant even if you actually are pregnant. Maybe your hormones are just off that day. Or a leprechaun leaped on the stick right after you peed on it. Who knows? But the pregnancy test is not always right.

New guidelines that they're using in the UK -- and which maybe we should keep in mind -- is to not make a diagnosis until after 13 weeks. Any earlier than that is just too soon to be certain.

This is tricky, because most miscarriages occur during the first seven weeks. And I think we've all heard that if you miscarry, it can be dangerous not to expel everything. I think the best thing to do if you have a lot of bleeding is to skip the home pregnancy test and see your doctor. Ask for an ultrasound before you get any kinds of treatments. And hopefully everything is all right.

Have you ever used a home pregnancy test to see if you're still pregnant?

 

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Filed Under: 1st trimester, is it normal, miscarriage & loss

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  • regen...
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    regenbogenpilz

    December 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    How about NOT letting doctors empty your uterus!!  Let nature work its magic and then there is a sure fire way to know. 


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    Cass

    December 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM
    But, of course, if your body doesn't clear it on its own, have fun with that blood poisoning and eventual death! Woohoo!

    Seriously people- use your common sense.
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    micheledo

    December 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM
    Yep, I agree with the previous poster. Let the miscarriage take care of itself naturally. You do not have to go to the doctor or hospital, assuming you do not have a serious infection. If miscarried, the baby will come out on its own.
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    bleedingheart8D

    December 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Sometimes you need a doctor if you are trying to conceive and have a miscarriage before.


  • tifferie
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    tifferie

    December 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM
    My baby died at 12 weeks but I didn't know it because my body wouldn't expel it. I ended up getting very sick. So no not all people can just wait it out.
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    micheledo

    December 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM
    Obviously if it has been weeks and weeks or you have an infection then you need to have it removed. But these mistakes are made because doctors are determining immediately that it is a miscarriage and immediately doing surgery. You can wait another week, see if there is any change, double check the diagnosos -- it does not need to be decided and ended NOW!
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    tuffymama

    December 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM
    I had a clean miscarriage, then a miscarriage that later required a little cleanup a week later. Then I had a miscarriage that just wouldn't end. I had to have surgery to remove it and then some laser treatment for scarring. I agree that in most cases, you should let nature take its course, but it helps to have everything double checked.
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    NikkiJD

    December 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM
    I have had 4 fairly early ones, and 1 tubal. Each time blood was checked 2-3 days apart. I was always told to come in for a checkup and call if it was never ending. They were ALWAYS never ending. They had me go back to make sure my Hcg went back down to 0. My doc even did an ultrasound on all of mine. A D&C may be necessary, but I think waiting a couple of weeks and watching hormone levels drop are important. Peeing on a stick is not a diagnosis, but it may mean you should get Quantitative blood tests. They can tell you if it's an ectopic pregnancy which can be deadly if not properly diagnosed!!!
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    dollfaceeRAWRR

    December 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM
    My sister in law recently had 2 miscarriages in 4 months. than she had a 3rd miscarriage 10 week ago. she went back to vet the the dead fetus removed && they found a very strong heartbeat. she is now almost 15 weeks pregnant. so who knows if her other ones were truly miscarriages or just mistaken diagnoses.
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    c_galvan87

    December 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM
    They tried to do that with my now healthy 10 year old nephew
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