Hi ladies. Since I had my MMC last month something has been troubling me. I had my ultrasound at 11+4 and the baby had stopped growing at 6-7 weeks. I found it hard to deal with that I had possibly been carrying around a dead baby for up to 5 weeks without knowing. In fact, I was convinced I was getting bigger and symptoms increasing. They had only slowed down/less noticeable the week before the scan. I asked the doctor at my referral before d&c if it was possible that the baby had only recently died and the growth maybe slowed down. All she could say was baby stopped growing at 6-7 weeks (therefore implying it died 4-5 weeks before). The reason I asked is because before I had my first mc I had a bleed at 9 weeks and the scan confirmed baby was ok, heartbeat fine but measuring 6-7 weeks. I was completely certain of my dates as found out at 12dpo! I lost this baby a week later. Anyhow, my point. I've recently read that after the baby dies it 'degenerates' (apologies for poor choice of word) by the sane number of weeks that its died. Eg. If baby dies at 11 weeks, in 2 weeks time it would measure 9 weeks. Here is an extract of what I read:- A 'missed miscarriage' is when the baby dies but the woman's cervix stays closed, there is no bleeding and the baby continues to stay inside the uterus. Some people also refer to this as a 'silent miscarriage'. A missed miscarriage is not usually discovered until several days or weeks after the baby has died. The baby does not grow and the size of the woman's uterus does not increase. Some women will notice that their pregnancy signs (tender breasts, nausea, tiredness etc.) disappear, but others will continue to 'feel pregnant' if the placental tissue continues to release hormones into their system (including the hormone that makes a pregnancy test turn 'positive'). A few women will not experience as many early pregnancy discomforts (which can be normal) making their physical changes harder to detect. In many cases, the woman will believe that her pregnancy is progressing, as her body continues to carry the baby, not recognising or reacting to the loss. After several days or weeks, the woman may start to notice a brownish vaginal discharge as the baby and placenta begin to degenerate, or an ultrasound might be performed before this happens, showing the baby is smaller than expected for the stage of pregnancy, with no heartbeat present . Occasionally, the first sign is bright red vaginal blood loss, because the miscarriage is becoming 'inevitable' with possibly some cramping and 'period-like' pain. Once the baby dies with a missed miscarriage, they start to shrink at the same rate they would have grown had the pregnancy progressed normally. For example, if the baby died at 12 weeks and the miscarriage was found at 14 weeks, the baby usually shrinks to about a 10 week size. The person performing the ultrasound will usually be able to establish approximately when your baby died. For me personally it provides me with some comfort/hope that baby died more recently than suggested as I struggle with the idea it died so many weeks before. Has anyone else heard this theory???