At the eight-week pregnancy scan, the baby had no heartbeat. Is my baby fine?

Q. Why is there no heartbeat detected during the eight-week pregnancy scan?

Answered by
Dr. Uzma Arqam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 06, 2022 and last reviewed on: Feb 03, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am 23 years old and have mild PCOD. I got pregnant with the help of medications. Currently, I am not taking any medications. I was taking Duphaston and folic acid tablets. At six weeks, I had slight bleeding (two spots). Everything was normal in the scan taken at that time. At the eight-week scan, there was no cardiac activity or heartbeat sound. But the doctor informed me that there was an artery and vein sound and should repeat the scan after 10 to 15 days. Is my baby fine?

Kindly help.



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Thank you for your query.

I understand your concern. It could be a missed miscarriage.

If a person has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and irregular menstruation, the cycle dates may not match the dates of the ultrasound. Thus the calculation of the expected date of delivery through ultrasound is better to manage the patient. If it is not a healthy pregnancy you may get symptoms such as bleeding, abdominal pain, or passage of clots. Kindly follow up with the scan report and details of your cycles, previous surgical, medical, and gynecological history, and the medications that were taken for conception. The treatment plan depends on the scan report and findings.

I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below.

  1. Rescan after two weeks to check for a healthy pregnancy.
  2. Report to the hospital immediately if you experience symptoms such as bleeding, low blood pressure, dizziness, or fainting.
  3. Follow-up after two weeks.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

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