Post # 1
Hi bees! I am approximately 7 weeks pregnant, and I just scheduled my first U/S for the end of next week. I am a little confused about early pregnancy (like 7-9 weeks) ultrasounds. When I made the appointment they did not tell me to come in with a full bladder, and so I am guessing that they expect to do a transvaginal ultrasound. They actually didn’t even ask how far along I am (I had to make the appointment at an imaging center not my OB office). From what I gather a full bladder is required for abdominal and an empty bladder for transvaginal… but I could be wrong. I’d love to get an idea of what everyone experienced when they had an ultrasound around 8 weeks. Thanks!!
Post # 3
I just went in 2 weeks ago at 6w2d for an early u/s and I did not have to have a full bladder for a transvag. They actually had me empty my bladder and leave a urine sample prior to the actual u/s. I know every office is different, so it may be a good idea to call and verify if they will be doing an abdominal or transvag just so you can be prepared. Good luck and congrats!!
Post # 4
I just had an ultra sound at 9 weeks, they made me have a full bladder, i wasnt able to see the screen as the turned it away from me so i couldnt see it. :9 was asked if i wanted a photo **of course** he wouldnt answer any of my questions and said the dr. would have to talk to me about them. All in all i was pretty let down. But i have seen other people who said they had a 9 week ultra sound got to see the baby moving & the heart beat and it was a magical experience? So i am not sure if its because of where i live in canada or not? Here’s my only photo i got…. looks like a whole bunch of nothing… LOL
Post # 5
I’ve always heard transvaginal is with a “comfortably full bladder”. At least that’s what my ob goes by. I just had my first ob appointment today & the paperwork with info for the ultrasound said the same thing. With dd the first ultrasound was abdominal at 12weeks so empty bladder. Good luck & Congrats!!
Post # 6
I had an abdominal one at 9 wks 3 days, they didn’t say anything about bladder to me… at 12 wks 4 days same thing but they did request a full bladder.
Post # 7
@MrsHoneyC: That’s very strange, maybe a Canada thing. Hope the doctor answered your questions! Congrats!
Post # 8
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Every one I’ve had (and I’ve had a ton), I left urine samples first then had the transvag. Most recent was three weeks ago at 8w, pee first, then the prodding. 🙂
Post # 9
i didnt have to have a full bladder but it was transvaginal. i got to see everything.. baby was moving around and we saw a heartbeat. it was awesome!
Post # 10
I had an ultrasound at 8 weeks for dating purposes, and I had a transvaginal one done – they didn’t ask me to have a full bladder. Actually, just realized for all of my ultrasounds including the anatomy one that I didn’t have to have a full bladder.
Post # 11
I’m in Canada so it’s different (apparently).
I just had one at 7w3d and they tried abdominally with a full bladder. They couldn’t see anything, they asked me to empty and did it transvaginally. They saw baby with a strong heartbeat.
I have another one on Monday at 8w1d which will probably be the same thing!
Post # 12
I am *pretty* sure the norm is very full bladder for an abdominal u/s, and not as full bladder for a trans-vag u/s.
FWIW…when I went in to have an u/s at 7 weeks, I drank a lot of water before so I had a full bladder and they were able to do an abdominal u/s very easily on me and I didn’t have to have a trans-vag u/s at all! I am a pretty thin person, though (or I was at that time! haha) and I think that makes a huge difference in whether or not they can do an abdominal u/s very early and see what they need to see clearly. But it was pretty nice not to have the u/s wand shoved up my hoo-ha! 😛
My advice would be to drink plenty of water (like 3 full glasses and hour before your appt) beforehand just in case, you can always empty your bladder if you are super uncomfortable or if they request that you do so before your u/s. It *may* result in you getting to do an abdominal u/s instead of a trans-vag one 🙂
One last note, though: since I had 2 early u/s’s (7 weeks and again at 8 weeks something because I was bleeding) and both were abdominal, my little guy looked like a blob both times. I think the ladies that had trans-vag u/s’s had MUCH clearer pictures of their little babes and you could see limb buds and everything, so there are pros and cons to each! Good luck!
Post # 13
Hm, I’ve had both types of US and always have an empty bladder.
Post # 14
Thanks for all the replies! I realized I screwed up the poll and forgot to add the option of abdominal ultrasound with FULL bladder, d’oh! So I added that but it seems that the most common early ultrasound is transvaginal without a full bladder. It is interesting how some people had the abdominal specifically with or without the full bladder request though!
@MrsHoneyC: Aww I see a little bean in there! I hope you got some answers from your doctor.
@cowgirlace: Thanks for the advice! That’s what I was thinking too.. I’ll try to drink as much water as I can beforehand just in case. Or I may just call like @lroetheli: suggested and ask what they intend to do to me. 🙂
Post # 15
Mine at 6 weeks 5 days was abdominal with a full bladder. I didn’t drink all that they recommended just because I knew I’d be dying trying not to pee myself the whole time if I drank all they wanted, haha, but it was reasonably full.
Post # 16
The way they do it at my office is have you come in with a full bladder and see what you can see transabdominally. If they don’t see everything as clearly as they’d like, they have you get up and empty your bladder, and then they do the transvaginal. I’ve also had them send women out to go drink for another 30 minutes, and then come back and try again. So I’d come with a full bladder. You can always go pee, but you can’t refill your bladder instantly. Good luck!