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8 weeks pregnant, early fetus well visualized, no heartbeat

I had my last menses on 15th December 2013, as per which I am 8 weeks 2 days pregnant today. I previously had inconsistent periods, so my Doctor said it can be delayed conception. I went for my Trans Vaginal scan today, which said GA of approx 6 weeks 1 day, crown rump length 0.51 cm, yolk sac and fetal pole are well visualized, however cardiac activity not visualized within fetal pole. I read on the internet that if the crown rump length is more than 0.50 cm, and no heart beat is visible, it is a major concern. I am really worried and I desperately want this pregnancy to grow. Please help
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replied June 12th, 2014
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Ultrasound scan done very early in pregnancy can fail to detect fetal heart beat which usually becomes clear after 6-8 week gestation (fetal age, and not the time from your last periods). If pregnancy has been confirmed, you should consider getting serial HCG levels checked to see if the levels are rising adequately/doubling up within 48-72 hours confirming that pregnancy is going smoothly. If HCG levels are not adequate, then external hormonal supplements would be considered to be started to help you in preventing miscarriage. If HCG levels are rising, repeat ultrasound scan done after 2 weeks will also help to confirm the gestational age and pregnancy viability. Visit your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for further evaluation and assistance. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Look out for danger signs like increase in intensity of abdominal cramps, increasing back pain, fresh bleeding etc. Avoid bending or lifting any heavy weights and avoid heavy work. Avoid standing for long duration and avoid climbing stairs. Avoid use of caffeinated and carbonated beverages.
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