Post # 1
Hi everyone, newbie poster here. I’m due December 28th and am about 10 weeks, 6 days today with my first baby.
I just had my first ultrasound which was intended for dating, but really it was to try to help make me feel better – because for some reason I have been so worried about this little one!
During the scan the baby moved somewhat and it wiggled what seemed like its legs. The images are very hard to see but it looked better on the screen. The ultrasound tech said that it is an old computer which is why maybe the image quality isn’t as good. They dated the baby at 10 weeks, 4 days (just two days from what I thought I was today). The heart rate was 160 bpm and you could see the heart beating in its chest.
Do you think these look normal? I’m not sure why I’m so paranoid, but this ultrasound has not seemed to alleviate my worries! I had seen 10 and 11 week scans online, and they looked nothing like this! I feel like I’ve gotten really bad images. I know that I will be having a scan at 18-20 weeks, but I think I will be nervous until then. I realize this is totally not rational and stress is no good for the baby, but I can’t seem to change my feelings. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
I’m not an u/s tech, but I would think that the tech or your doctor would have to inform you if things looked wrong.
*hugs* Try not to stress! I’m sure your little one is fine1
Post # 4
I’m not trained, but I don’t see anything odd about the pictures you posted.
For comparison, here’s my 11w5d scan. I think it looks about like yours does.
Post # 5
Thanks urchin and abbyful! Yeah, the u/s tech didn’t say much but I found them not very talkative although they did confirm upon asking that it was normal. However, they will be giving results to my doctor, so there may be more info in that report.
Post # 6
Honestly, everything sounds fine with your baby. It’s normal to measure a couple days behind or ahead. For my 8 week ultrasound, he measured at 8w3d. I think that my next ultrasound he measured at 13 weeks, he measured a little bit ahead as well. If you’re more than a week, they’ll adjust your due date, but a day or so behind isn’t a big deal. The 160 heartrate is nice and strong, so no worries there. From the ultrasound, it looks like your placenta might be anterior, so you’ll feel movement later. I have an anterior placenta and in the past couple of weeks (27-29) have begun to feel more consistent, regular movement as he gets bigger and bigger. Even at my 21 week ultrasound, I really couldn’t feel much. By my 24 week appointment, my little guy kicked off the heartbeat monitor on the doctor. It was the moment when I knew exactly how his kicks felt and it was kind of funny too. I’d say that everything looks good for you.
Post # 7
If the US tech said everything was fine then I wouldn’t worry. As you said stress isn’t good for you or the baby. Just try to relax.
Post # 8
I had a scan at about the same time you did…I’ll attach the picture! I think that yours looks great. At 10 weeks I’ve found that they look like a little gummy bear and you can see in the second picture how yours does look like that J Also, the heartbeat is at a great rate and movement is good. I’ve been worried throughout my pregnancy so far (21 weeks) and I totally understand where you’re coming from!
In the picture you can see that my baby looks like yours does in the second photo, he’s just up in a different part of my uterus.
Post # 9
My first ultrasounds they didn’t really say much, other than “There’s the heartbeat”, printed a few pics, sent me on my way. If fears are nagging you call the doctor to confirm that nothing out of the ordinary was found, but really they would have let you know.
I think we all kind of want that experience where everyone gushes over our pregnancy and it’s this magical experience, but it really is hit or miss. It can be special and fun or clinical and kind of a letdown. My first 20 week ultrasound was so amazing, the tech was really friendly and chatty. This pregnancy at that scan the tech was on her phone, didn’t talk to me, seemed kind of irritated by my questions. Hit or miss!
Post # 10
looks normal to me, like a little gummy bear.
If they said it was fine then it probably is! (hugs) try not to worry, totally impossible (I know)
Post # 11
@KatyElle: at our 21 week ultrasound, we had an ultrasound tech student who did most of it and her teacher. They were pretty fun throughout that hour. Watching the teacher hold the probe with the student’s hand to get a great picture of the four chamber heart was pretty cool. Our other ultrasound techs were also pretty fun like making jokes about threatening our baby at 13 weeks not to turn its head so we could get a good measurement was fun. The one before that who couldn’t get that measurement was equally hilarious in her frustration over our guy being stubborn. I guess we have some nice techs at our place because I’ve liked them every time.
Post # 12
And ultrasound tech really isn’t supposed to tell you if things are “normal” or not, b/c they aren’t a doctor. They just specialize in ultrasounds. So the fact that the U/S tech wasn’t saying much to you is normal. They give all of the pictures and the reults to your doctor who should schedule a follow up appointent with you.
At 160 bpm, your baby sounds healthy with a nice, strong heart beat. When we went in for our first pregnancy (that resulted in a miscarriage), the heart beat was at 60 bpm at only 7 weeks. Anything over 90 was normal at that stage, so we pretty much knew our baby wasn’t going to make it.
Right now, I think all is good, but give your doctor a call to be sure they schedule that follow up appointment or at least tell you everything is fine.
Post # 13
@2PeasinaPod: Yes, good to add that even if something WAS wrong, the tech can’t tell you anyway! They would get a doctor or pass your results on to a doctor to relay them to you, but I asked so many specific questions and the tech said “Sorry I can’t tell you anything!” but no news ended up being good news
Post # 14
Thank you so much everyone! You nailed this question. I feel so much better. I am going to try hard to relax and wait to hear back from my doctor – who is actually a midwife at the birth center. I will be sure to update with my 18 week/20 week ultrasound! I am so grateful to you all and very glad I reached out. When you said gummybear especially, that really struck a chord with my husband and I since much of the image made it look like that! Whew.
And KatyElle, you really made me realize that I had a lackluster ultrasound experience. The person who did most of the work was a student ultrasound tech, and when the experienced one came in she made no eye contact with me.
Post # 15
I do not know if the U/S techs can diagnose, but the doctor would have told you if something was wrong. I wouldn’t worry.
This is mine at 9 weeks 4 days, sorry if it is alittle large. My little kidney bean 🙂
Post # 16
Ours looked similar, looked like a blob to me 🙂 little gummy bear, I wouldn’t worry!