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no heart beat and baby measured 8 weeks instead of 11?

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I am 11 weeks and my pelvic exam went good but during the vaginal ultrasound no heart beat was detected and the baby measured 8 weeks instead of 11. I was sent to the hospital where I received more ultrasounds both vaginal and not the baby measured the same on all with no heartbeat detected. I was told I could wait to miscarry or have it removed which seems a better option but what if they are wrong and the baby is not dead. Should I have more testing or wait it out? What is the likelihood that 4 people trained are wrong

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replied March 15th, 2012
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If pregnancy has been confirmed, consider getting serial HCG levels estimated. Doubling up of the hormone levels in 48-72 hours will show that pregnancy is going on smoothly. If levels are not adequate, then external hormonal supplements would be considered to be started to help you in preventing miscarriage/threatened abortion. Lower levels or progressively declining levels could indicate impending miscarriage. An early ultrasound scans can fail to detect fetal heartbeat. You can consider getting repeat ultrasound scan after 1 week for confirmation of gestational age and viability. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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