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I was just diagnosed with a Missed Miscarriage, until I have the actual miscarriage, Am I still Considered Pregnant Medically?

By Anonymous May 23, 2010 - 3:45am
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At my 10 week ultrasound, my doctor told me that I had a Missed Miscarriage, he said that the ultrasound showed no baby, my gestational sack was empty.
The doctor saw a heartbeat at 6 weeks.
My hcg levels are at 80,000.
I have had ABSOLUTELY NO SIGNS of a miscarriage, no bleeding, no cramping, and all signs of pregnancy - morning sickness, fatigue, cravings, peeing at night etc.

I am having a very hard time accepting this diagnosis. I feel that I am still pregnant, and I have refused a d&c.

My insurance will only insure me through the end of the month unless I am pregnant - even though the doctor has diagnosed this as a Missed Miscarriage, am I still considered Medically Pregnant until the fetus is actually expelled from my body?

I want to have this miscarriage naturally, if it is going to happen, but I will need insurance in case I need to go to the hospital for some reason. It is 1 week before the end of the month, and my doctor said it could take 2-4 weeks for this natural process to take place.

I had a miscarriage 2 years ago and I was hospitalized for 3 days.

I am 41 years old, and I have no children, just 1 other miscarriage.
I do not want to have a D&C for fear that it might further hurt my chances of becoming pregnant again.

I hate that I even have to consider insurance during this highly emotional time.

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I know this post is dated back to last year, but I thought it would be helpful to point out that I, like Alison, cannot find any credible information as far as D&C diminishing chances of conception in the future.

I have also had a miscarriage and opted to have the D&C due to the high risk of hemorrhaging if and when my body decided to expel the embryo. I now have two children.

Anon-- I just want to say that I know how hard it is, a loss is a loss no matter if it was at 4 weeks, 10 weeks, or 30 weeks. I hope you're doing well!

February 9, 2011 - 6:55am

I am so sorry that you have had a second miscarriage, and I know there are no words to express how painful this time is. Do you have friends and family that are able to support you right now?

A missed miscarriage is a difficult diagnosis to endure, as it is a type of miscarriage that most women do not have any symptoms for. The embryo is not expelled, and is the reason you have not had any bleeding, and still feel pregnant. You are not alone in all of these feelings.

Here is some information from American Pregnancy (you have probably already read this?):
"Missed Miscarriage: Women can experience a miscarriage without knowing it. A missed miscarriage is when embryonic death has occurred but there is not any expulsion of the embryo. It is not known why this occurs. Signs of this would be a loss of pregnancy symptoms and the absence of fetal heart tones found on an ultrasound."

You may still have pregnancy symptoms, and that can be normal, too.

If your doctor said that it could take 2-4 weeks for your body to naturally expel the embryo, then it sounds like it could happen after your insurance expires in 1 week. Please know that you have already had a miscarriage...this part did happen naturally, and your body was doing its best to end a pregnancy that was not viable. You would no longer be considered to have a viable pregnancy with a miscarriage diagnosis. The only thing that you body needs to do is to still expel the embryo in the next 2-4 weeks, since you have already had a miscarriage.

It sounds like you have a few tough decisions to make, which is awful during this emotionally trying time (to say the least).
1. Do you have a D & C, regardless of your fear that it could diminish your future chances of conceiving?
2. Do you wait 2-4 weeks, after your insurance has expired, for your body to expel the embryo, in hopes that you are not hospitalized again, or do not need a D & C at that time? Many women are able to expel the embryo after a missed miscarriage without complications, and I am not sure what your previous complications were regarding your first miscarriage?

I have not found any credible information that states that a D&C will diminish your chances of conceiving in the future, assuming that the D&C procedure was successful with no complications.

Does any of this help?

May 23, 2010 - 12:36pm
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