Post # 1
After finding out I was pregnant last week, I called my ob/gyn to make a first appt. and the receptionist said they are scheduled between 8-10 weeks. She asked me when my LMP started (9/3) and offered me an appt. for Fri. 11/2. Stupidly, and why I don’t know, I didn’t bother to mention to her that I have a long cycle (35 days) and likely O’d a week later than they are thinking.
While it’s possible I may be at the end of my 8th week on 11/2, I am thinking I’m more likely a week behind so I’d be roughly 7 weeks, 5 days when I go. I want to know how good or bad the chances are of seeing and/or hearing the heartbeat at this stage.
Obviously I want to see my baby as soon as I can so I want to go on 11/2 but I’m curious if any bees have had doctor’s appointments around the 7W5D mark and if they were able to hear and/or see their baby’s heartbear on an ultrasound? Clearly, that’s all I want is the heartbeat and to know that so far things are trucking along fine. I just don’t want to selfishly keep this possibly early appt. if I won’t get what I want out of it.
Post # 3
With my daughter, they saw (and heard) her heartbeat at 6w6d through vaginal ultrasound.
They did stress that this was very unusual and a lucky break for us.
So, there’s hope, but if they can’t, that’s too early to worry. If you don’t want an ultrasound with a chance of not seeing/hearing, I might talk to them about rescheduling.
Post # 4
If you are that far along, you *should* be able to see the heartbeat. But since you are a little unclear on dates, I wouldn’t panic if you don’t. I would encourage you to check with your insurance before you get your first ultrasound, because with my oldest child, I got one dating ultrasound early on (my cycles were off too) but I was unable to get another ultrasound the rest of my pregnancy because my insurance only covered one. With my daughter, I had placenta previa, so my insurance covered multiple ultrasounds no problem, because it was deemed medically necessary.
Good luck and congratulations!
Post # 5
Yes, via ultrasound, the heartbeat should be visible and audible. You can always call back and talk to a nurse about bumping your appointment a few days, too.
Post # 6
I was 7w5d for my first ultrasound, and we were able to see the heartbeat with the trans-vaginal ultrasound. His/her heartbeat was 148 bpm at that far along. You should be fine! Good luck, and happy & healthy 9 months!
Post # 7
I can’t bear the thought of having to wait any longer than I already do, thanks ladies for the sound advice! I know I’ll be having a transvag US so I’m hopeful for a healthy baby and a fluttering little heart. 🙂
Post # 8
I saw my baby’s heartbeat at 7 weeks and heard it at 13 weeks.
Post # 9
We were able to see the heartbeat at 7 weeks and a few days, but weren’t able to hear it until my NT scan at 12 weeks and a few days. I had a really wacky cycle (O’d CD108), so they brought me in between 7-8 weeks (based on my charts) to do a dating scan.
I had an appointment at 10 weeks but baby refused to be heard on the doppler during that appointment.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Did they tell you that you will actually see a doctor and have an u/s or doppler that day?
My first OB appointment was paperwork and talking to a nurse. There was no meeting with the OB, exam, or u/s, just a pee test.
Then a week later, I met the OB, but he wouldn’t do an u/s until the genetic screening test about a month later. Many OBs don’t do medically unnecessary ultrasounds since there may be a risk to the fetus from the u/s and should be kept to a minimum just in case. My OB also did not have a doppler (thouhg I moved and my current one does). Also, make sure your insurance will cover more than 1 or 2 ultrasounds. If they won’t you should save them for genetic screening and the anatomy scan.
Post # 11
I saw the heartbeat with a transvag ultrasound at 6 weeks, 4 days.
Post # 12
I had a very clear vaginal ultrasound at roughly 4weeks. The image was so clear that we originally thought I was further along than what we thought, but we definitely weren’t. This was 11 years ago when I had a very bad bladder infection and had to go to the hospital. They did a vaginal ultrasound and my bladder was very full (essential for clear pic). I’m sure the technology has greater improved so I think you’ll be fine. :).
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I saw the heartbeat at my first appt (7w1d) but didn’t get to hear it until the 12 week one. The lady doing my first scan said that they COULD vaginally hear it, but as bub was only 1cm long at the time, they prefer not to blast it with the waves. Fair enough!
Post # 14
@TheNewlyMrsD: Our first appointment was at 7w4d and we had a t/v u/s. We got to see (but not hear) the heart beat. Congrats!
Post # 15
@TheNewlyMrsD: I think as long as you are at least 7 weeks, you should definitely be able to see a hb on a transvaginal ultrasound. I went in for one at 6w4d due to pain/spotting and they warned me that it might be too early to see a heartbeat, but it was there, clear as day. I wasn’t able to hear it though. Congrats!
Post # 16
I saw and heard LOs heartbeat at 7 weeks.