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What does my vaginal ultrasound scan report indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 3 Apr 2017 in Pregnancy
Question: Hello- I am a 44 year old woman of average height and weight.. I have had one child successfully (17 years ago), and then about 3.5 years ago I suffered a miscarriage at 10.5 weeks pregnant. It was a "missed miscarriage". I had had some spotting off and on since about week 6 and had been on pelvic rest for about a month.. I had had two ultrasounds (when I went into ER for spotting) and both had found a heartbeat (visually if not audibly). The day before my 10 week ultrasound, some of my pregnancy symptoms seemed to have lightened, and this worried me, but I told myself I was just progressing through the stages. But when I went in for my 10 week appointment, the ultrasound couldn't find the baby. A detailed vaginal ultrasound found the baby tucked in a corner (I think they said behind an ovary if that's possible?) but no heartbeat. I then underwent a medically induced miscarriage at home with medication. Now for my question. I was told by my doctors at the time that there was nothing I could have done and that most likely the baby's death was due to a chromosomal abnormality. Most of me believes this. But there are a few things that stick in my mind. First, at around 6 weeks pregnant, I lifted a heavy grocery bag to carry it in the house, and that triggered my first spotting (I did get checked out after this). Then the biggest one is this: maybe a week before the miscarriage, I had stepped out on my porch to get my mail. The mailbox was on the outside of the house beside my door. On my stoop there was an iron railing, and I leaned over the iron railing to reach the bottom of the mailbox. I didn't realize until I stood back that that railing pressed right across my hip crease and right on the part of the uterus the techs normally pressed the ultrasound scanner. I didn't feel any pain or anything at the time, I just made the move out of habit (like leaning over a gymnastics bar, only this was a flat surface with a stronger "edge" to it than a round bar), but in the days and months and years since, this has haunted me and made me feel like what if I pinched or squished her when I did that? She was so tiny. What if that shoved her into that corner or crushed something or cut off her blood or air supply? I would just like to know if this is possible, or if such an action could have done any harm.

Your input would be very much appreciated.
Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Manisha Jain 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Not related to miscarriage

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear, thanks for trusting health care magic
I understand your anxiety about the issue but both cases have nothing to do with miscarriage
Picking a grocery bag which is heavy can be a little problem if you had a problem of spotting prior to that but that was not the case and moreover baby was fine for quite a while even after that.
As far as rolling over the railing is concerned that is totally not at all related to abortion as baby is totally inside bony cage so protected enough
The ultrasound probe has rays which can penetrate the various organs to reach uterus and baby
So just relax and forgive yourself and rather try to forget it all
Regards
Dr Manisha
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