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Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
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Experience:  Over 30 years of experience in OB/GYN practice, including teaching students. Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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Hi there, am 13 weeks pregnant have gone for scan, my doc

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Hi there, am 13 weeks pregnant have gone for scan, my doc said the baby stopped developing at 9weeks and thre was no heartbeat, I have not seen any spotting or undergone any bleeding. Please help me to know what can be cause of that? I asked they didn't give me a proper information wht mght be the reason? For now am waiting to go for another scan to confirm.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 3 years ago.
Hello and welcome.
I am Dr. Norm, and I look forward to helping you today.

It sounds like a miscarriage. I'm sorry. Miscarriage occurs in 15-20% of all pregnancies.

Most miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. It's nature's way of preventing the birth of babies with abnormalities.

Usually bleeding and subsequent miscarriage will occur a few weeks or so after the baby dies.

Assuming that the baby has the size of a 9 week fetus, and there is no heartbeat, I don't think that another scan to confirm is really necessary, but it won't hurt.

Usually when we know there will be a miscarriage, it's just a matter of waiting for it to happen. Your doctor may offer help to get it over with, either by pills or a D&C.

I'm sorry for your loss.