Post # 1
It was a bit of a rough last few days for me. I woke up one morning to see that I had a bit of spotting. It was darker (brownish) though and so I didnt think too much of it. Then it continued…which kind of freaked me out. I went through 2-3 days of it before I decided to head into outpatients. My regular (first) doctors appointment isn’t until this friday and I didn’t think I could wait until then to get some piece of mind.
When I went in, there were also a few car accidents so I ended up having to wait about 5 hours. When I finally got in, I was so nervous that something was wrong. I was having really bad cramping. The doctor tried an external ultrasound first where he wasn’t able to see much (I was exactly 6 weeks at this point).
He then tried the ultrasound with the wand (vaginal ultrasound) and was able to see a sac and the embryo…although not a heartbeat. He said that everything looked intact…but I guess I was a little upset because I’ve heard so many people say they’ve seen their babies hearbeats even before 6 weeks. I guess what I’m asking everyone is… is that normal not to see a heartbeat at 6 weeks?
I’m just so anxious recently about the idea of having a miscarriage… can’t seem to get it out of my mind!
Post # 3
@Mrs.H2B: I have heard a lot of people don’t see the heartbeat until middle of 6 or 7. Good luck and try not to stress yourself!
Post # 4
I know what you mean about the constant worrying. Did the doc seem concerned that he couldn’t see the heartbeat? If he didn’t seem overly concerned I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I think it’s normal to sometimes not be able to see one at 6 weeks. Plus maybe your calculations are off by a few days on how far along you are? I know it’s hard, but try and get some rest 🙂 FX everything will turn out just fine for you.
Post # 5
I went to the ER for a similar scare, and the ER doctor wasn’t able to see ANYTHING anywhere, let alone a heartbeat. I was 7 weeks. He started to counsel me on ectopic pregnancy, and sent me to an ultrasound tech. The tech was able to find the sac and the heartbeat.
Maybe a different doctor or specialist would have been able to find it? I honestly chalked it up to him not having as much experience as an OB or an u/s tech…
Post # 6
I hope you get better results at your appointment on Friday! I’ve read many stories of spotting and cramping right around 6 weeks that turned out to be just the baby nestling in and everything was fine. At 6w0d it’s normal to see just the sac but no HB yet. It could start beating at any moment. I know it’s really hard but try to stay positive!!
Post # 7
I don’t know how it is in Canada, but can you go to L&D instead of the ER/Outpatient? I’m currently PG and for most issues, I’m told to go straight to L&D and contact my doctor. Even the nursing staff said that if I went to the ER, they would send me to L&D anyway. They would be trained in these sort of issues. That being said, I believe at 6 weeks, it’s really hard to find a HB. My OB wouldn’t even schedule my first appointment until 8 weeks. Darkish brown spotting can be normal; it could just be leftover blood and whatnot from your previous cycle. I had a little bit at the early stages of PG as well. If it was bright red, that’s definitely more of a concern.
Post # 8
I’m sorry your going through this. I was worried that I was miscarrying as well. Around 7 weeks I had some light brown then dark brown spotting and I was FREEEEAAAKING. I ended up going to my doctor’s office to get my blood drawn, results came back 24 horus later and it ends up that while my HCG was high, my progesterone was pretty low (10) and that had my doctor worried. I ended up taking progesterone vaginal suppositories and just a week later I got to see me babies and their heartbeats (twins here).
I didn’t get to see or hear any heart beats at 6 weeks, but that doesn’t mean something is wrong. I hope you get some answers soon to ease your anxiety!
I also just wanted to say that when I was doing my freak out a fellow bee did say that if I did end up miscarrying that while it would be painful, there is life after a m/c and there is hope that it is entirely possible to get pregnant again. *hugs* I hope you dont have to go through that.
Deep breaths and try not to stress (easier said than done I know).
Post # 9
My doctor always told me not to expect to seea heartbeat till 8 weeks. Good luck to you.
Post # 10
thanks …makes me feel a little better. I’m heading to my GP friday, so I’m not even sure if they will be equipped to do an ultrasound there. Maybe if I voice my concerns though they can send me to someone who can sooner rather than later. From my understanding, I don’t think most people here in Canada get ultrasounds until much later… around 19 or 20 weeks.
Post # 11
@Mrs.H2B: My doctor said it was normal to nor see or hear a heartbeat until 8 or 9 weeks, so she told me not to freak out when I had my u/s around then. I know people who could hear it, but I couldn’t.
Post # 12
You could be my cousin!
She went in at 8 weeks for an u/s due to bleeding, and they couldn’t find a heartbeat. They sent her for blood tests and to a specialist the next day.
They wound up double-checking measurements and concluded that she was actually only FIVE weeks pregnant. She and baby are currently doing fine!
Post # 13
@Mrs.H2B: in Canada (or at least here in Alberta) they don’t do dating ultrasounds until at least 9 weeks because by then they can for sure see a heartbeat. I don’t think they tell you really anything at 6 weeks, even if they could see a heartbeat. Usually you get scans at 12 (genetic defect screen) and 20 weeks. You can go straight to labour and delivery with concerns at 12 weeks rather than the ER. I don’t think GPs have ultrasounds, but if you’re really worried then they could send you to a dating ultrasound in a couple of weeks! It’s nerve wracking, but hang in there!
Post # 14
Hi everyone just thought I would stop in for an update. 🙂
I visited my doctor this morning and he seemed very happy with the bloodwork that was sent in from outpatients the other night with my spotting incident. He said that based on my LMP I’m 6 weeks 5 days (already knew that haha) and that my HCG levels are about 40,000 . I’m not sure what this means, but he seemed content. Also he said that not seeing the heartbeat in outpatients the other night at 6 weeks exactly wasn’t a huge deal… that it can sometimes show up a bit later than that.
I have another ultrasound booked for 9 weeks for genetic testing and screening, which makes me happy (only two and a bit weeks away). He told me to call him if anthing changes with how I’m feeling or if I get more spotting.
My only other concern is that I am a teacher and we have a couple of cases of slap cheek in our school right now. This is a disease that is contagious and very dangerous for pregnant women… if I was to contract it there would be 1/3 chance for major birth defects or death. So today I had bloodwork to test my immunity for the disease. He told me it was up to me but that if I want to stay home from work while waiting for the results for the next week that I could and he gave me a doctors note for that.
My only concern with staying home from school for a full week is that I’ve already taken a couple days, I don’t have a huge amount of sick time banked…and everyone will more than likely figure things out if I take a whole week off. It’s also a very busy time of year… testing my little ones reading levels and getting a lot of data inputed for parent teacher interviews at the end of the month.
Post # 15
So sorry you’re having to deal with this. I thought I would share my experience as well, just to give you some hope.
I know no matter how many times somone tells you that spotting is normal, it still will not make you feel any better when you see it.
I spotted from weeks 5.5 to 17 (on and off). I didn’t have the ability to have an early ultrasound to see what was going on until 13 weeks. Everything was 100% normal. We never determined why I spotted, but everything worked out, and I have a healthy baby!
I personally think that early ultrasounds (like under 9 weeks) cause so much more grief than what they are worth sometimes. Depending on where you baby implanted, you may or may not see anything….it can cause so much worry 🙁
Post # 16
@Mrs.H2B: Glad everything we OK at the doctor! Sorry to hear about your current predicament at work. I’m not sure what I would do in your shoes.