Blighted Ovum

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
If I found out I was pregnant in July and i had a blighted ovum sometime, cause I had the ultrasound and found out Nov. the 12, But I never have had a period. Now I am taken a home pregnancy test it says pregnant could I be or could it be from the blighted ovum?

ANSWER

After the blighted ovum was discovered, did you bleed? Did they check to make sure that your hormone levels went back to zero?

If these things were done as they should have been, congratulations! You are pregnant again.

If not, then I don't know what is going on right now, but I'd suggest you get your hormone levels checked, probably twice 48 hours apart. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.