Didnt see heartbeat on abdominal ultrasound

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1482 posts
Bumble bee

I was told that at that stage it’s hard to get the heartbeat unless you have a vaginal ultrasound. I’d go for the transvaginal if it’s an option since you are worried.

Post # 3
2459 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

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Equine_Breeder :  I’m not sure if this helps or not but I was about 9 weeks and 3 days when I went for my first appointment. They were able to do an abdominal ultrasound and get the heart rate.

Post # 4
521 posts
Busy bee

You might just be too early. This has happened to me before but I don’t remember how far along I was. Sending prayers. 

Post # 5
2774 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Goodness, I know how nerve racking this must be! I think you’re just a bit too early, though, Bee. My best friend had this happen not a month ago. Since her blood draws were good at 9 weeks, they waited a bit, and the heartbeat showed up at her next appointment. I think about two weeks later, but those two weeks felt like an eternity to her. Hang in there! 

Post # 6
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I had my first appointment at 9+? something… the NP warned me it’s not typical to be able to find a heartbeat on abdominal ultrasound or doppler at that stage. She was able to after a few minutes, but that doesn’t mean there’s necessarily a problem that your midwife couldn’t. 

Transvaginal ultrasound is probably a better bet; if you’re really stressed about it I would go for that despite the extra cost. 

Post # 7
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It should still be vaginal at this point! My doctor couldn’t find the heartbeat abdominaly at 17 weeks once… I wasn’t worried, I could feel my bean moving around by then.

Post # 8
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I don’t think most OBs will do dopplar for heart beat until you’re around 12 weeks- it’s just too faint to pick up. I’ve had Abdominal USs with all three of my kids around the 9/10 week mark and they were just able to snag it with 2/3. So perhaps you’re a little earlier thank your calculations. With our first, they had trouble finding it and went to a TVUS and picked it up right away- we were earlier than we thought and the abdominal just wasn’t sensitive enough. Good luck!

Post # 9
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

Did she measure the baby and confirm you are 9w6d? Are you overweight? At that gestational age and if you are of an average size a heartbeat should definitely be doable transabdominally. That being said she’s very likely not a trained ultrasound technologist so it’s hard to say. If you still can’t get a heartbeat Wednesday I’d pay for the TV ultrasound with a trained technologist. There’s a reason we spend years in school to learn this, it isn’t just point and click. 

Also for transabdominal ultrasound less than 10 weeks you almost always want a full bladder. So show up Wednesday full and you can empty after they try that way. 

Post # 11
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Sorry you’re going through this stress. The waiting in early pregnancy is awful. The early pregnancy unit I’ve attended will not even attempt an abdominal scan if you’re less than 10 weeks and if you are just over 10 weeks they warn you they may have to switch to a vaginal one as it’s sometimes still difficult to see everything. Fingers crossed you get to see it on Wednesday.

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Post # 12
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

It’s still pretty early for an abdominal. When I went for my appointment at 10 weeks 2 days, they started with a transvaginal ultrasound and then switched to an abdominal because his heartbeat was so strong. They wouldn’t start with an abdominal though. I hope everything goes well with you. I would do the transvaginal ultrasound. 

Post # 13
5884 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

That’s early for an abdominal. Was she just really excited to try out her new machine? Either way I think it’s irresponsible of her. Transvaginal is recommended at your stage and she is causing you unnecessary stress. 

Post # 15
8007 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Sending hugs and positive thoughts, Bee. Treat yourself well while you wait for more information. 

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