I also posted this on 2nd tri, but maybe you ladies might have some info or insight for me:
I don't even know where to begin. SIL was due Nov. 17th. She went to the dr in the beginning of her pregnancy and up to about 23 weeks, when she found out she was having a boy. The she avoided the dr for whatever reason for months (just put it off, she not all that 'together"). My MIL and I have been worried and started encouraging her to get checked 3 or so weeks ago, when she was about 6 weeks away from her due date. She switched drs, and this new dr did an ultrasound and said the baby looked fine, and was in the right position for giving birth, and that SIL should have an easy birth. They never had any ultrasound photos, but the new OB said she "saw an arm". We were all very relieved. She also ordered a follow-up ultrasound.
Fast forward to yesterday, when SIL went for another ultrasound. The tech said, I'm so sorry, but there's no heartbeat, and on top of that, THERE'S NO BABY IN THERE! Mind you, SIL is huge, has all the pregnancy symptoms, leaking milk, etc. From there they went to the ER to see if they could find out what the F was going on. They were there for about 5 hours. There was in fact, was no baby in her huge uterus. Apparantly it had been "absorbed" at some point after 23 weeks when she didn't see the dr for several months. Her body still thought it was pregnant, as well as her mind, and her body continued to grow and exhibit all the signs of a progressing pregnancy.
Here's where it gets completely bizarre: While doing the ultrasound, they found a 6 WEEK OLD EMBRYO with a heartbeat in there. All the doctors are beyond confused, making calls to all the drs she's seen before. They have never seen anything like this. Somehow, after the first baby was "absorbed", my SIL ovulated again (she never had a period) and got pregnant again. She even took a pregnancy test yesterday that came back positive.
They talked to the OB that told her everything was fine, and she said she didn't want to mention anything to them at the time, since it was a "sensitive situation". WTF?!? She then tells SIL's BF that SIL made up the whole pregnancy, this thing called pseudocyesis, where your mind makes your body behave as if it is pregnant when it's not. However, this is not true, as SIL was for sure 5 months along at one point, confirmed by another OB. This is a whole other can of worms, we are most definitely going to file a formal complaint with the AMA against this OB for doing the unimaginable act of telling them everything was fine and the baby (which was not there) was in a good birthing position, etc. Unbelievable.
We are all in a state of shock- devastated that her baby that was supposed to be here in 2 weeks has basically vanished. We had a huge shower on Oct. 3rd for her, her nursery is all set up, clothes washed and put away.
Now they are going back on Tuesday to see if this new embryo is growing. If it's not, she will have a D&C. I just cannot wrap my head around all this, neither can SIL or my MIL. SIL's poor BF is beyond confused, freaking out, mourning the loss of his son. I have heard of a twin being absorbed, but never a singleton baby, with the mom continuing on as if she was still pregnant. I just don't understand what is in SIL's huge belly.
I know this sounds unbelievable, but I swear, this is what's going on right now. Has anyone ever heard of such thing? Ever? We just don't know how to comprehend all this. Of course, I am overly emotional and hormonal and so so sad for her that there's not the baby she was expecting coming in a few weeks. Do we even hope this 6 week old embryo continues to grow? That would mean she would be "pregnant" from this past February until next June- and can her body handle such a thing?
Sorry this is so long, but I just have no idea what to think about all this. Any information anyone might have on any similar situations would be greatly appreciated.