Post # 1
I saw my GYN on Friday. They confirmed pregnancy by urine and took some blood. Will call me tomorrow to let me know if the hormones/beta levels are where they should be for where they think I am.
Anyway, she told me to set up my first sonogram around Feb 1, which would put me at 6 weeks in order to check for growth and heartbeat. She wants to do this before sending me to another doctor for OB services (she doesn’t do OB). She actually said “we don’t want to send you to someone else if you’ve miscarried.” NICE.
However, I’ve been reading that most places don’t recommend your first sono until about 8 weeks and that you often can’t find a heartbeat until 9 or 10 wks. What have your experiences been? When did you see the heartbeat? I’m worried about going and then freaking out that they can’t find the heartbeat.
And is sonogram only sound or sound/picture? Is that different from ultrasound? Sorry for the annoying questions, but I decided to put off buying books and whatnot until I am a little further in and know a little more about things progressing normally.
My doc also really freaked me out by telling me that 1 out 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage. But then I’m finding a lot of other info that is more encouraging (like 10 – 15%). I feel like there is so much conflicting information out there! And why does my doc seem so negaitve? Or is she just realisitc? *sigh*
Post # 3
Every person is different, but I had my first appointment to check for a heartbeat and to do the vaginal ultrasound when I was about 7 or 8 weeks. Sometimes you can see the heartbeat that early, sometimes you can’t, but it doesn’t mean it’s not there. We got photos of the little gummy bear at the time and we were also able to hear the heartbeat. Hopefully you’ll get just as lucky, but like I said, when they are small even if there’s a heartbeat they can’t always locate it until you’re further along so try not to worry too much. Best of luck!
Post # 4
I went in at 9 weeks for my first sonogram, turns out I was only measuring about 7 weeks, but you could see a heartbeat so they weren’t worried and just figured I ovulated late (I still don’t completely understand how I tested positive so early but she’s been progressing right along with that first 7 week measurement). So it would have been early for me to go for a sonogram at what I thought was 6 weeks and it probably would have led to a bit of unnecessary upsetness. But I know that’s not really a typical experience to measure two weeks early. A sonogram should show you a picture.
Post # 5
Can I just say while I love doctors that are up front and honest with you, yours seems like a debbie downer to me? While I understand the risks and the percentages, I would not tell that to one of my patients right off the bat. Ugh!
Post # 6
@MissGreen: seriously!! i was so much more freaked out about everything when i left there than i was when i came in! (and i had already done internet research and know several women who have MCed).
Post # 7
We went in for our first appointment at about 5 weeks and we could only see the yolk sack on the ultrasound (same thing as a sonogram). I started spotting just a few days after that and had another ultra sound about 4 days later and we saw a little tiny heart beat. We went in again about 4 days after that and could still see a heart beat. We had another ultrasound about a week later (7 weeks) and could actually see a bigger blob and a more prevalent heart beat. I think we were victims of too much info too soon and spent a lot of time worrying. I know it is hard to wait for info I recommend waiting a bit.
Post # 8
At 4 weeks our ultrasound only showed a uterus even though we’d had a postive HPT. At 5 weeks we saw the yolk sac and at 7 weeks we saw the blob with a fluttery heartbeat. We had a fourth ultrasound at 11 weeks and actually got to see more shape to the blob. Don’t stress yourself out about it, it will be fine. I know it is hard to hear the heartbeat using a doppler for a lot longer than it is to see it on the ultrasound. We never heard the heartbeat or had a doctor even listen for it until we were well into the second trimester since it was showing up just fine.
Post # 9
I had my first ultrasound at 8 weeks and we saw the heartbeat at that time.
Post # 10
I agree with others. My first vaginal u/s was at like 4w5d and all you could see was the sac. When I went back at 7w there was a heartbeat. We were able to see the flicker on the screen and then she turned on the sound. I guess the sound is just the machine making noise to the beat of the heartbeat not actually the sound of the heart.
Post # 11
My OB won’t even see us until we’re 8 weeks so I say don’t worry. Sounds like if you try to rush things it can lead to some worrying.
Post # 12
I had some spotting so I got an ultrasound at 6 weeks. We definitely saw a little flicker of a heartbeat. But I’ve also heard that like you said, it’s different for everyone.
Post # 13
My doc wouldn’t schedule an appt before 8 weeks (I ended up being 7 at the appt). On the ultrasound all I could see was a little flicker. I think you can’t really HEAR the heartbeat (like with a doppler) till 10-12 weeks.
It’s unfortunate that you’re doctor doesn’t seem very tactful, but based on the statistic she quoted – miscarriages aren’t that uncommon. Maybe she just wants to make sure her patients know it’s a possibility, rather than assuming they know. It was part of the reason we didn’t say anything to family till after we were 13 weeks. Personally I’d rather have a doctor be straight forward with me rather than not letting me know what could go wrong, but I like to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.