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    is it normal to have just an empty sac at 5 weeks
    excitedandscared posted:
    I had a miscarriage earlie this year so I am a more worried and paranoid than I would be otherwise. I started having sharp pains and cramps in my ride side and lower abdomen last thursday. On sunday I went to the er i had to go to two different ers because the first one did not have an ultrasound tech on the weekends so i went to one that did. the first took blood work and urine and told me that i was pregnant probably only about 4 weeks at the most. the one that did my scan did not see anything so they told me i had a blighted ovum and sent me home. i saw my doctor on weds and they saw an empty sac which is more than they saw on sunday. They said that it had probably just implanted in the last day or so. They told me that I was only about 5 weeks pregnant. They took more blood work and my hcg levels have risen twice. I go back next week to see if they can see a baby, a heartbeat, and a yolk sac. What I want to know is was it normal to just see an empty sac at 5 weeks? They were worried about an ectopic pregnancy in the er. My doctor said things are looking good but we are not out of the woods yet. If someone could please ease my mind that would be greatly appreciated.
    excitedandscared responded:
    I am still having the pain and cramping. They also saw a cyst that might have ruptured on my ovary. There is fluid in my abdomen that looked it might have been from a ruptured cyst. They said that could be the reason for my pain and it will pass eventually. Is that harmful to the pregnancy? I am really worried that I have miscarried again.
    Kay_And responded:
    Yes, very normal, I had my first u/s at about 6 weeks and that is all they saw...the gestational sac and yolk sac...I went back a week .later and there was a heartbeat. Now I am 35 weeks and everythings perfect.
    StarryGrrl responded:
    I had the same experience as Kay_And. I had my first ultrasound at 6 weeks and all that could be seen was an empty sac. Nine days later I had another ultrasound and we saw a tiny baby. I'm now 15 weeks and everything is fine. I hope things work out for you and that your pain goes away.
    MNMommy3 responded:
    I also had the same thing happen as the PP. I went in at 4, 5, and 6 weeks and all they saw was a sac, nothing inside. It wasn't until my 7 week ultrasound that we finally saw the heartbeat!! I am now 21 weeks and baby is doing great!
    ~Kelly (31), DB (30), DS (12), DS (5), little GIRL due 01/09/11.
    Robert O Atlas, MD responded:
    The answer is yes, you can absolutely only see an empty sac at 5 weeks gestation. It is very common to only see that. usually next you will see a yolk sac within the sac and then within the next few days to a week see a fetus with a heart beat.

    Hopefully you will progress normally. Good luck.
    jules198030 responded:
    I had a misscarriage last year. When i started bleeding at 6 weeks i went to the ER and my sac was empty just a poll they said and i misscarried 2 days later. It was sad but i think with your doctor watching and you have not started bleeding or have not not yet lost the baby your ok for the most part. Just keep thinking positive trust me im pregnant not 38 weeks and ready to have a healthy baby. You can miscarrie and the next baby most likely will be healthy. That is what all the doctors told me. I was DEVISTATED!! But now im good and baby is warm and loving me from the inside. Just stay positive. I know its hard TRUST me!
    ch1984 responded:
    was actually searching for ur answers. i had some light cramping on monday followed by some very light spotting. only when i would wipe. i went in to the office for a ultrasound and all they seen was the sac. i go back in 2 weeks for another ultrasound. how has everything been since. i see that urs happend 3 weeks ago.
    Gmmy01 replied to jules198030's response:
    Jules it is a scary thing for a young mother and first time pregnancy. The dr said it was normal and did a few blood tests to see if the hormones are ok. Just praying now. We will know soon. Thanks for the encouragement.

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