Missed miscarriage at dating scan

missed miscarriage at dating scan

How is a missed miscarriage diagnosed?

A missed miscarriage is often diagnosed at a routine ultrasound scan, whether around 12 weeks or at the 20 week ‘anomaly’ scan.

What is a missed (or silent) miscarriage?

A missed (or silent) miscarriage is one where the baby has died or not developed, but has not been physically miscarried.

How long does it take for a miscarriage to happen?

It’s not at all clear why some miscarriages happen within days of a baby dying and others take much longer before the pregnancy hormone levels drop and the physical miscarriage begins. Sometimes that delay may be a matter of days, but it might take several weeks. Why didn’t I know?

What is a missed or delayed miscarriage?

Sometimes a miscarriage is diagnosed during a routine scan carried out as part of your antenatal care. A scan may reveal your baby has no heartbeat or that your baby is too small for the date of your pregnancy. This is called a missed or delayed miscarriage.

What does a missed miscarriage look like?

Missed miscarriage often goes unnoticed because of a lack of symptoms—this type of miscarriage doesn’t usually look like anything in terms of symptoms or bleeding that you could observe. This means that the first signs of a missed miscarriage are usually discovered during the first pregnancy scan.

What should I do if I have a missed miscarriage?

If you have a missed miscarriage you’ll need to have treatment and there are 3 options available: having surgery to remove the pregnancy ( surgical management ). Your doctor should talk with you about what may be the best option for you. You should be given some time for the diagnosis to sink in and think about what you want to do.

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