When did you have your first ultrasound? Advice needed!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mrs2014bee:  My first appointment was scheduled 8 weeks from LMP, but I was actually only 7w4d – we could see our little peanut in there and watch the heartbeat flicker and got to hear it as well..  Personally, I’d wait until the 16th, because I’d be more of a wreck if I went in early and they had trouble picking up the heartbeat or something.. but I’ve also heard of women that go in and have normal results at 6 weeks.. Good luck deciding!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I have 3 kids here is what I did with mine:

DD1- One ultrasound only at 20 weeks

DD2- First ultrasound around 6-8 weeks due to heavy bleeding, had a SCH so I had them every couple of weeks until 14 weeks. Anatomy scan at 20 weeks and that was it.

MC_ Had a US at 6 weeks due to bleeding saw a heartbeat. Had a second scan between 7-8 weeks and was actively miscarrying.

DD3- NT scan at 12 weeks, anatomy scan at 20 weeks.

I know many people that were pretty sure of their dates so they only had a 20 weeks ultrasound. In the real word I think this is common. On WB it seems like people have a higher than average number of scans though and in some areas a dating scan is more common. In my case it made it harder to have seen a sac with a heartbeat and go on to miscarry. I kind of wish I never had one done.  In  your case going in early might easily result in going back a week or two later if they aren’t able to see much, which would really stress me out even though it is normal. But at the same time you could go in early and have a great scan and it could put your mind at ease. Good luck in what ever you choose. Hope you have a happy and healthy 9 months!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Around here they do the 1st one anywhere between 6-8 weeks for the dating ultrasound. I chose to go at 8w because I knew that at that point I would be able to see a heartbeat. I was glad I waited because it also looked more baby than blob. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mrs2014bee:  I swear we concieved on the same day LOL that’s the same date as my 1st appointment!

I was told I could go in a week earlier, too, but ultimately decided to wait as long as possible so that they can check for a heartbeat and more clearly see what is going on. It really is up to you, I completely understand wanting to go earlier!, but I know for my own piece of mind, I wanted to wait until they could actually see a heartbeat. (otherwise I would just worry to death!)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Mrs2014bee:  I had my first ultrasound at 20 weeks. We opted not to do the 12 or 13 week NT scan for several reasons, but for future pregnancies I think we will do it. I probably wouldn’t have one any earlier than that without cause (bleeding, etc). It was a little nerve-wracking to wait until 20 weeks but it was totally fine. I didn’t even have my first appointment until I was 11.5 weeks. I’m being seen by a midwife at a birthing center so I’m not really the norm, though, at least on WB!

Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Dating scans are generally most accurate from 8-10 weeks, although GPs do commonly order them for 6-7 weeks.  Going at 6 weeks can sometimes be anxiey producing since sometimes the heart rate is slow and you have to go back in another week to recheck, so I’d wait until at least 7 weeks but I don’t think there is a “right” or “wrong”.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

In Canada, and specifically where I live in the country, it is very uncommon to have a scan before 18-22 weeks, unless you have complications or do not know when you conceived.

My doctor has JUST now gotten an ultrasound for his office, so the first ultrasound I had with this pregnancy was 9 weeks.

The only thing I would caution against is getting one before like.. 6-7 weeks. I’ve heard of way too many people not seeing anything on that scan, and then being told they are miscarrying, etc.

 

Good luck 🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

urchin:  I’m in Canada, here in Ontario the routine ultrasounds are between 6-8w for dating, 12w for nuchal screening, 20w for gender/anomaly and usually a 3rd trimester one to check size of baby.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Mrs2014bee:  I didn’t have my first ultrasound until 20 weeks. The 10-12 week scan is really there if you want it and you suspect problems (ex. bleeding, history of genetic disorders or miscarriage, etc.) and really if you have a good OB or midwife, they will make a recommendation based on your medical history. There’s no right or wrong answer but I think sometimes too much medical tests and intervention make me more nervous and paranoid than reassured so I opted out of the 10-12 week scan. Good luck with your pregnancy!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I had my first ultrasound at 8 weeks 4 days because i just couldn’t wait until 10 weeks to see if there was actually a baby in there… It was great to see that there was a heartbeat and a baby, but it was still early and there wasn’t much to see. We will have our next ultrasound between 18-20 weeks (I’m 16 weeks now) and it’s been a LONG wait, but this is (hopefully) going to be our last ultrasound (meaning everything looks good0, we wanted to get as few as possible.

If I did it again, I would wait another week or two before getting the ultrasound (so 9-10 weeks), there isn’t much to see and if something goes wrong there really isn’t anything you can change, it might actually make it worse emotionally. Just my 2 cents.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

urchin:  Certainly, Canada is a huge country with a lot of rural and remote communities that have less access to ultrasound; but in the urban and suburban areas a woman will typically be offered a dating ultrasound, a nuchal translucency ultrasound and the anatomy scan in the second trimester. And this will become even more prevalent since there is a new guideline out that a dating ultrasound should always be taken over a woman’s menstrual history to date a pregnancy.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I would go for 7 weeks over 6 weeks because you’ll be more likely to see more than just a gestational sac on the monitor.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My first appt was at 6w where they did an internal ultrasound.  We were able to see the gestational sac, yolk sac and the teeny tiny baby.  We saw the heart beat and heard it but it was so faint. I’ve had an appt every 4 weeks since where they do an abdonimal sono. 

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