Pregnancy – this word holds hopes of creating a new life and the start of a new life for you. Unfortunately, not all pregnancies are carried to term. One such pregnancy loss is the blighted ovum. Are there any symptoms that come with the blighted ovum? What is its relation to morning sickness and when does this happen? Let’s look at the symptoms associated with the blighted ovum.
Blighted ovum symptoms and morning sickness
A blighted ovum (“damaged egg”) refers to the condition in which an embryo is no longer alive in the uterus, but remains in the uterus. This usually is confirmed from Weeks 7 to 10, and there are no symptoms otherwise to indicate that the pregnancy isn’t progressing normally. Some women might experience morning sickness from Week 5 onward, and morning sickness can go on for some time even though a blighted ovum might have already occurred.
However, morning sickness will soon stop, and this will signal the end of the pregnancy, which is a blighted ovum.
When do the symptoms of blighted ovum appear?
A blighted ovum is the result of chromosomal abnormalities and so, the pregnancy loss is due to a fetal factor that no one can do anything about. From Week 6 onward, as the fetal heartbeat cannot be detected, that’s when most women will find out that their pregnancies can no longer continue.
The one telltale symptom that should make you suspect something is wrong is the improvement in morning sickness even in the very early stage of pregnancy. If so, get yourself checked at the hospital as soon as possible.
Blighted ovum symptoms appear immediately?
It takes time for the body to register the pregnancy loss. Morning sickness doesn’t stop immediately the moment a blighted ovum occurs, and can continue on for some time. The mechanism behind morning sickness is not known, but it’s believed that it’s because even when an embryo dies, the villi that were forming into the placenta is still left inside the uterus. As the placenta or the villi are still around, the body acts as if an embryo is present, and morning sickness continues.
As time passes, morning sickness improves, but sometimes it continues until a surgery to remove the contents of the uterus is carried out.
Rest well and wait for the next opportunity
Unbeknown to most women who have experienced a blighted ovum, changes in their body are underway and the pregnancy has terminated by itself. This can seem like a bolt out of the blue and leave many reeling from the shock.
Early pregnancy losses, however, are more common than you might have expected it to be – 15% of all pregnancies end in an early pregnancy loss. There is no need to blame yourself – rest well so that when the next opportunity presents itself, you will be ready both physically and mentally.