South African Youtubers Hungani and Stephanie Ndlovu have opened up about losing their baby.
In a video uploaded on YouTube, the couple shared that in June 2020 they found that they were pregnant. “I remember taking the test and then setting up a hidden camera,” shares Stephanie.
“Before going for our first check-up we decided to call our parents as well as our siblings and tell them the good news. It was even more good news for Hungani’s sister because we had just found out that she was pregnant.”
The couple went for their first check-up after eight weeks. Because it was during Covid lockdown, Hungani could not go into the doctor’s room.
“I already had my video camera out because I wanted to record for him. I take my camera out, it’s on record and it wasn’t even a minute and she literally did the scan and I can’t even remember her exact words.
“I think I just blanked because it was this high energy and excitement for our my first pregnancy and she just said: I’m sorry there’s no embryo, and she said it was a blighted ovum.”
A blighted ovum occurs when an early embryo never develops or stops developing. It’s recorded and leaves an empty gestational sac. The reason this occurs is often unknown, but it may be due to chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilised egg.
Her doctor told her she needed to have a D&C (Dilation and Curettage) which is to “clean out the uterus”. “But because it was Covid, It was recommended that I should do the cleaning out at home using medication,” she adds.
“She told me the specifics of what would need to be taken and told me it wouldn’t be pleasant and so forth.”
The couple shared their experiences in detail on their YouTube channel.