Post # 1
Ok I’m 7 weeks (according to last period) and my first prenatal apointment is this coming Friday. I’m just wondering if they’ll do an ultrasound. I REALLY want to hear my baby’s heartbeat!!! I’m also on medicaid and I don’t know i that will eect when they do ultrasounds and how many they’ll do. When did you other mommies/soon-to-be-mommies have your first ultrasound?
Post # 3
@auddurz91: Date twin! 🙂 We went for our first prenatal and I had had spotting so she had me schedule an ultrasound at a separate location. If we hadn’t gotten that one, I’d imagine the first one we’d get would be the 12 week genetic test one. Hang in there! I was disappointed because we weren’t really able to see anything on the u/s. So I think it’s better to wait 🙂
Post # 4
I am not pregnant, however, it is my understanding that you can typically hear the fetal heartbeat with a Doppler device between 10 and 12 weeks. In some women it’s a bit earlier, and in some a bit later. I’m sure you’re doctor will talk to you about what is normal 🙂
Post # 5
We had our first appointment @ about 5-6 weeks (according to my period I was further along, but I knew I wasn’t!). My doc office has an ultrasound machine so they did one to confirm how far I was. Couldn’t really see much! At 7 weeks (will you be 8 at your appointment?) You should actually be able to see a little bean in there. It all depends on your doc…if they have machine…if they feel need for ultrasound. Good luck!
Post # 6
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t count on an ultrasound. There is a chance they will listen for the hb on a doppler but until they do a first trimester screening ultrasound you won’t get one unless needed.
Post # 7
They usually do an ultrasound to figure out a more precise due date. You won’t hear a heartbeat till 10-12 weeks but what you would see would be something that looks like a Lima bean with a flicker.
Post # 8
At our first appointment it was just an exchange of information. They got my health info and gave me some basics about pregnancy. The ultrasound got scheduled for 2 weeks later, and for us it was good because I ovulated late so our little girl wasn’t quite as far along as we thought and would have been freaked out if we had looked earlier.
Post # 9
@auddurz91: the first one, you won’t usually hear the heartbeat. They talk to you about your health history, his health history, advise you to take a prenatal, give you a goody bag (at least mine does/did), and usually send you on your way.
Sometimes, they’ll schedule you for an ultrasound if there’s a question of the due date or if something else is going on.
Also, they use a Dopplar device, NOT an ultrasound to hear the heartbeat. It’s possible they MIGHT try, if you ask. Maybe. It depends on the office, I think.
At every dr. appointment I’ve been to, they did the dopplar and it’s pretty fun hearing the heartbeat. Especially when the baby gets to the point where it tries to hide or run from the device! Both mine did this… I think they were either playing with the dr or just didn’t like the dr! LOL!
Also, the dopplar is covered, it’s pretty standard and a good way for the to determine how the baby is doing.
Congrats! Hope you have a problem-free pregnancy!!!
Post # 10
Our first appoinment was at 8 weeks and we had an ultrasound, but I also had a friend who didn’t have her 1st ultrasound until 12 weeks
Post # 11
When I had my first appointment at 10 weeks my doctor did a vaginal ultrasound and we got to hear the heartbeat 🙂
Post # 12
My doctor does an information only appt at 8 weeks, and wouldn’t do an ultrasound until later, like 12 weeks. But, I got to schedule one right away after my first appointment since I do not have regular cycles and estimating due date based on last period was unreliable. Also, if you’re spotting, or anything weird is going on, they might want to take a look right away.
Post # 13
I think it really depends on both the doctor and the needs of the patient. I had a vaginal ultrasound for that first appointment around 6-7 weeks.
Post # 14
@Sunchick19: very true. Not to mention insurance.
What one insurance company will allow, another might not. And, of course, the doctors have to go by the insurance companies’ rules.
OP, You can always call the office and ask them what to expect. It’s not unusual or unreasonable and you’ll know what to take and who to bring. 🙂
good luck and let us know how it goes!!!!
Post # 15
Our first one was at 6 weeks at our first prenatal appt. We could see the teeny tiny heart flickering, but didnt hear it until 10 weeks. Thye did a vaginal u/s for us at that point By The Way
Post # 16
one good thing about knowing is that if your husband is there you can prep him. I had no idea what to expect and found out later that my husband was a bit taken aback when the Dr use the vaginal ultrasound!!