(Closed) Obstetrician called- she wants an urgent US scan- help!

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It sounds like your OB is being careful. At this point you will be able to see the heartbeat. The heart usually develops around 21 days. It sounds like she wants to check that everything is ok which is a good thing. 

Not to scare you but I had a miscarriage earlier this year after being four months pregnant. It occurred on a short two hour flight home. I was devastated and still am after that. Fortunately I am 7 months pregnant again and this time around I decided to forgo any traveling until after baby arrives. Many women fly during pregnancy so what happened to me is rare. Traveling while pregnant is risky. Please be careful in any case. 

Post # 4
529 posts
Busy bee

I just had an u/s at 6+5 (by my calc). They saw a heartbeat (but didn’t measure it). Baby measured 6mm and was pretty hard to see as much smaller than yolk sac. All ok, which is reassuring. 


Im in also planning on travelling long haul when 12-14 weeks, tho doc hasn’t said anything about that, so I’d try not to worry. Lots of women travel in early pregnancy.


Post # 5
3151 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@salmonofmarriage:  I think she would be best to answer your questions. It doesn’t seem fair to spring this on you without much explanation. There is no guarantee of seeing a hb at 6w, tho I did. As for the PP mentioning the flight/miscarriage- it is highly unlikely that the two are tied. Flying during pregnancy is ok unless otherwise instructed. 


If you are miscarrying for some reason, you can choose to let it happen naturally- which may take a few weeks. You don’t have to induce it- you could wait until you get back- but there’s no way to say it won’t naturally occur. 




Post # 9
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is odd that she called it an “urgent” scan! Especially without any reason to think you have a risky pregnancy. Very bizarre. So many pregnant women travel until the end of their pregnancy and there is no proven link between air travel (no matter the length) and poor pregnancy outcomes. 

Take it as a blessing that you get an early ultrasound when so many pregnant women are told they MUST wait until 8+ weeks. Don’t borrow trouble, I’m sure everything is fine!

Post # 10
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This seems a bit strange – could she have meant “urgent” as in they wanted to do a dating scan, which is most accurate early in pregnancy, and needed to get it in before you leave since you’d be out of town for awhile? Rather than “urgent” as in OHMYGOSH you’re flying what if something goes wrong? I was scheduled for a 6 hour flight in my first trimester, and my doctor said there was absolutely no reason not to travel. It was a business trip that was cancelled so I didn’t end up going, but again, my doctor was fine with it. I’m sure all will be fine!

As far as the heartbeat goes, I had an ultrasound at 6w1d and saw a heartbeat of 118 bpm!

Post # 12
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I hope everything goes well for you on Tuesday, sending positive thoughts your way.

Post # 13
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just wanted to add, I’m assuming the doctor just wants to do the scan to verify everything looks ok before you are out of the country and away from medical care should you experience any troubling symptoms while you are gone.  For instance, to verify that the pregnancy is in fact in the uterus and is not ectopic as that would require medical intervention.  There is not really anything dangerous about flying while pregnant (but be sure to walk the aisles occasionally during long flights to keep up your circulation).  The reason doctors advise you not to fly later in pregnancy is because you are more likely to go into labor at that point and it’s usually best for you to be near home so you can have access to your hospital and doctor etc.  So it’s not really that you shouldn’t fly late in pregnancy, but you probably don’t want to travel far from home late in pregnancy.  I don’t think you have anything to worry about, the doc is just being extra cautious which is a good thing. 

Post # 14
1492 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Just to chime in on flying…. My SIL flew from the US to Indonesia at 6w and now has a healthy little girl. I flew around 16-17w and baby is still happily cooking away. Flying really poses no danger just make sure you don’t go through the back scatter X-ray machines(they are the ones that are totally closed in and now not used in the us, the big glass ones are ok but you can always just ask or a pat down to be safe). If you are getting sick it might be wise to ask for zofran and try for a window seat. I almost lost it on he second flight as it was rough. 

im also sure your dr just wants to get dates and there is only a few week window to do so. Best wishes.

Post # 15
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My advice would be to relax as much as possible. You have a good doctor who is just being cautious because they care.

There really isn’t a risk of flying in the 1st trimester – the risk is that should something happen (ie miscarriage) you would not be at home when it happened. I had this worry too and this is exactly what my doctor told me. I was fine, my friends who have flown were also fine.

Good luck and enjoy the pregnancy 🙂

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