An Empty Pregnancy At The Age Of 8 Months?

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Good afternoon. kaka I was pregnant 8 months approaching the day of birth but when she checked the womb turned out to be empty. and the doctor explained that my brother had an empty pregnancy but at the time of 1 to 6 months the content was still there, after 6 months of the womb there was no development even there are ultrasound results that prove that the baby was in the womb. can that happen? and how can the baby in the stomach suddenly disappear? explanation please 🙂

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Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. An empty pregnancy, or also called a blighted ovum (BO) is a condition when fertilization occurs, but no embryos are formed. This happens because of chromosomal abnormalities in the developing fetus due to imperfect cell division and poor sperm quality. Usually, the mother's body will realize the disorder and stop it, causing a miscarriage.


So in the case of your sister, it is not possible BO to occur when there was already a fetus. When BO occurs, there will be no fetus at all. Even if there was a fetus before, the diagnosis is not an empty pregnancy or BO, but the death of the fetus in the womb or IUFD (intrauterine fetal death). Moreover, it is very rare or almost never BO lasts up to 8 months. If IUFD occurs because the flow of blood to the fetus is stopped, the baby may not develop and shrink, but it should not disappear.


Because it needs to be confirmed again, is it true that the results of the ultrasound some time ago showed the presence of organs such as the head, brain, heart, hands and so forth, or only visible pregnancy pouches. Our advice is that your sister should seek a second opinion by checking with another obstetrician, because it is not impossible there is a misunderstanding in communication with the first obstetrician. If the second obstetrician also says the same, it means that this is indeed a rare event, and the most important thing is that it has been agreed that the fetus is gone, and the pregnancy must be stopped. In the future, it's more routine to check with your obstetrician, and tell about your current pregnancy history. So, hopefully answering your question.

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