When you have a blighted ovum you may still get traditional pregnancy symptoms or you may have few signs of pregnancy. Many women have all the traditional pregnancy symptoms like nausea and sore breasts, plus the bloating.
However, what we are talking about in this case are whether there are specific signs that your pregnancy may be a blighted ovum pregnancy. Blighted ovum symptoms may be few and far between, if you get any symptoms at all and can be totally normal symptoms of pregnancy. The majority of people who suffer with a blighted ovum do not realise that anything is wrong at all until they have an ultrasound. Because of the lack of any ‘abnormal’ type symptoms, or signs that anything could be wrong, for most women it is a devastating shock to find out that the pregnancy is not viable. They also have to deal with the feelings that come up around the fact that an embryo did not develop when they thought they were carrying a healthy baby. But one thing is certain, that if you had a blighted ovum, you were still pregnant and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Your body was producing pregnancy hormones and you were for all intents and purposes carrying the start of a new life.
The truth is that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to tell if you have a blighted ovum just by your symptoms and really the only way to know for sure is by having the ultrasound scan done so that they can look at your uterus and determine if there is an embryo present or not or just the gestational sac.
Having said that, it is possible that if you have a blighted ovum you may experience symptoms of red-brown spotting (doesn’t have to be very heavy) and some cramping. However, a lot of pregnancies experience spotting and cramping and there is nothing wrong so this symptom alone should not lead you to believe that you have a blighted ovum.
Because the body will still think that you are pregnant, it is entirely possible that you will get through your first trimester without knowing that you have a blighted ovum. Obviously this can be very distressing to get to 12 weeks when you think you are over the worst part and find that the embryo never developed. This is only going to happen though in places where the first scan that you get is not until the 12 weeks mark (like in the UK if you do not have a history of pregnancy problems).
The majority of blighted ovum pregnancies are diagnosed much earlier than 12 weeks however, so it is highly unlikely that you will get as far as 12 weeks and then be diagnosed. Most women will either experience spotting or cramping, have an ultrasound, or start to miscarry earlier than 12 weeks. Many find out between 6 and 9 weeks in fact, judging from the many stories of women who have had blighted ova.
So, if you do have any spotting and/or cramping then it is worth speaking to your doctor to get an early ultrasound scan and hopefully they can put your mind at rest.