Early ultrasound. Scared!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I am trying to remember mine…. I had spotting so I had three transvaginal ultrasounds. The first was at 4 weeks 2 days(ish) and they was an enlarged uterus. At 5 weeks something, they say a sac but no baby. And at 6 weeks 5 days they saw the embryo and heartbeat. 

 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That is really early to see anything… I am surprised they would order ultrasound at this point.

 

Dont fret. It is expected that nothing could be seen yet. *hugs&

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think 4 weeks + 6 days is super, super early for an ultrasound. I’m not a doctor or anything, but I really wouldn’t worry about the lack of visible sac at this point. I’ve never even heard of an ultrasound before 5 weeks and change.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Why would he do an ultrasound that early?  I conceived two weeks following a miscarriage in March (didn’t know this) and when I still was getting a positive pregnancy test, my doc had my betas run (they were only 59) and an ultrasound because she thought I had remnants from the miscarriage left in my uterus.  I probably was only a little over four weeks and all they could see was endometrial thickening.  Came back from vacation two weeks later, my betas were at 30,000 and there was a baby with a strong heartbeat.  Way too early.  Don’t worry!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Future Mrs.L:  I don’t think hcg begins being produced until after implantation.  Doing betas early on are more reliable then trying to see something at less then 5 weeks. The thickening in your uterus coupled with the positive pregnancy tests are a good sign.  When I had the first ultrasound the tech told me that based on my dates she wouldn’t be able to see anything even if I was pregnant.  I know it’s hard but you’ll just have to wait for baby to go through the natural progression of development until its all visible on the ultrasound.  Some people can see everything at six weeks, but by seven you definitely should see something!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Future Mrs.L:  You wouldn’t be getting positive tests prior to implantation. It takes about 2 days after implantation for your kidneys to start outputting the HSG in your system that is readable on a pregnancy test.

Sounds like there’s some confusion there on your doc’s part. It always astounds me how little some physicians know about pregnancy…

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

First off, it seems normal to not see anything this early. Secondly, I know you are 4 and 6, but do you know an estimated day of conception? Implantation is a process, not a moment in time. Is it possible the physician meant that the egg is still implanting?

Out of curiousity, are you a high risk pregnancy/did you have a lot of trouble getting pregnant? That can sometimes make physicans want to implement more, and earlier, interventions. All that being said, if you do not like the physican, or don’t trust him, I would go to someone else. No need to continue to go to someone who you do not feel comfortable with. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have no experience of an ultrasound that early, but I’ve seen ultrasound pictures from around 6 weeks here at the bee where you can only see the sack.

For reference, I had my first ultrasound at 7w 3 d and I could clearly see the sack + a little kidney bean baby. However, according to my technician, I was an easy reading (belly one) as I’m “so thin”. She said in many cases she’ll end up doing transvaginal ultrasound at 7 weeks. So I’m thinking that if it can even be difficult to see things at that point, yours was way early!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

Future Mrs.L:  The doc’s an idiot for ordering such an early ultrasound and leaving you scared crapless. It’s very common to not see anything by ultrasound before 6 weeks. Keep in mind that many people going in for their first appointments probably don’t go in before 6 weeks — though of course, not everyone.

The sad thing is, I’ve even seen doctors pull this stunt, then tell the woman, “Oh, it’s a blighted ovum, I’ll schedule your D&C.” Uh…no, it’s called very early pregnancy, dummyface.

 

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