(Closed) Doctor wouldn't do ultrasound but did beta hcg test instead.

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
3349 posts
Sugar bee

greenidlady:  It’s normal she didn’t do the ultrasound without checking your HCG first. Since you can’t see anything until your betas are around 1500-2000, it makes sense not to do it until you know those numbers. Granted, at 6 weeks you would most likely be able to see the gestational sac and yolk so its a little strange she didn’t just go for it given your history. I wouldn’t worry yourself at this point though. Most people do not get their first ultrasound until 8ish weeks. You will hear a lot of women getting them earlier than that on the boards, because there are many women here who are seeing RE’s and/or have current health reasons to be monitored early.

P.S. Congratulations!!! a H&H 9 months to you 🙂

Post # 4
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

That sounds pretty standard to me. I didn’t have an ultrasound until I was 10 weeks pregnant. Just think, if you had the ultrasound, you’d probably be worrying about why they didn’t see the HB.

Post # 5
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My doctor doesn’t even see me until around 12 weeks.  I’ll be having an ultrasound for dating purposes at about 10 weeks.  Until then, I am just trying to eat and drink the things new babies need to grow properly.

Post # 6
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think that’s normal – here you don’t get any ultrasounds until 12 weeks unless there are complications. I am pregnant with my second, and I had lots of bleeding which resulted in a lot of early ultrasounds. None of them brought any comfort, because the really early ones they couldn’t see anything, then the heartbeat seemed on the slow side when there was a heartbeat, and then finally we had a normal one at 8 weeks. The progression of beta hcg provides more information with respect to your pregnancy than an early ultrasound does, and it has the benefit of not having any of the worries that early ultrasounds can cause! Hope you have a great pregnancy! 

Post # 9
8665 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sounds normal to me.

Post # 10
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

greenidlady:  we’ll I can say it’s normal not to do an ultrasound until then because it’s simply not big enough…. Anything before 8 weeks and there probably wouldn’t be a fetal pole 🙂 and heartbeat. Sounds normal to me

Post # 12
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

greenidlady:  I have read way too many accounts of not seeing anything on a six week ultrasound– I know some people have, but I have yet to encounter seeing someone say so– so it’s smart, IMO that your OB didn’t do an ultasound. It would have either been a blessing or a depressor- IMO.


I know it’s frustrating because you have a history of health issues- for lack of a better way to put it– but it doesn’t mean you wont go on to have a normal pregnancy!

Post # 13
5957 posts
Bee Keeper

greenidlady:  I did get an ultrasound but it was because they calculated me at 9 weeks instead of the nearly 7 weeks I actually was.  So my was a happy accident that I got one, but they weren’t able to hear a heartbeat until I was 8 weeks (just not big enough I guess).  I think my doctor’s office has a different practice as well, confirming ultrasound, dating ultrasound, gender, and then anatomy scan.  But I wouldn’t worry most doctors only do three ultrasounds in total.

Post # 15
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

greenidlady:  Sorry you’re feeling sick– Zofran works pretty well, doesn’t it?

You got the best of both worlds I guess- and to see little baby!

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