(Closed) ultrasound at 6 weeks or before?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Congrats on your pregnancy! I hope all is well, I know how the worrying sucks!

I had to go to the ER for bleeding when I was about 6 weeks along pregnant with my son. The regular ultrasound showed nothing. The vaginal ultrasound (aka: dildo cam) just barely showed a tiny bean shape with a flicker indiciating heartbeat.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@wifegoodman:  Hi there. I hope you dont mind but I read some of what has happened to you on the POAS thread and hope that I can offer some advice. 

I had severe abdominal pains that were localized on my right side, almost immediately after I got my BFP. I was admited to hospital for suspected ectopic pregnancy. While there, they found fluid in the “pouch of douglass” which is a risk factor for ectopic. They did a scan at what they thought was 5w4d and couldn’t find anything in the uterus which was alarming. Combined with my PCOS, which is a risk factor for ectopic, it was looking bad.

My beta HCG tripled over 48 hours which was viewed as a bad thing. To rule out an ectopic they want HCG to double. So, not to jump at higher rates and not fail to double, HCG rising too high or not high enough are both viewed as risk factors for ectopic. At this point I insisted on a progesterone test. While most OBs wont say this, a couple of studies have been done that show that if your progesterone is higher than 25, there is basically no chance the pregnancy is ectopic. My progesterone came back at 84 and I breathed a sigh of relief. 

I was re-scanned and they found a tiny 3mm sack in my ueterus. To say I was over the moon is an understatement of the century.

Part of the problem with me is that I have irregular cycles so I didn’t know exactly when I O’ed. So it was difficult to date the pregnancy and know when they should have been able to see something there. 

The scan that finally found the sack was taken at 4w3d based on later dating scans that I was able to count back to that date. 

If you are going to be 6 weeks on Monday they will 100 percent be able to give you an answer. I hope my case gives you some hope. I know that you struggled and waited a long time for this pregnancy-I am praying that everything works out for you. 

It all sounds promising. I had horrific pain up until a few weeks ago and now I have a little bump and no more pain. Remember your uterus doubles in size in a very short amonut of time and this really does affect your body.

Please, please, please feel free to PM at any time.  

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

@abbyful:  omg I’m dying. Dildo cam?! OMG 

 

@wifegoodman:  the pregnant friends I have had to have transvag that early as well. I hope everything is okay! Please update us! I’m sure it’s fine :))

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here is a link to my ultrasound pic from a little less than 7 weeks: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/june-2013-babies/page/4.  (it is in the middle of the page).  It was a vaginal ultrasound. You couldn’t see much but a little blob and a flickering heartbeat.  It was still cool though!   I’m guessing you would see something similar.   I hope the  appointment goes well for you!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@wifegoodman: That looks good for a jump. They get very worried for ectopic when it jumps from like 250 to +1,000 in 48 hours. While your jump won’t rule it out because its not nail on the head doubled but the fact it didn’t go to +1,000 suggests that is normal (And in fact in a “normal situation” a HCG that is tripling is actually a good sign of a healthy pregnancy). 

Please feel free to email me. I went through hell and met so many dotors etc that I know more about this than I care to admit. I know how hard it is. My gut is that everything looks good for you. 

What side is your localized pain? Appendicitis is a very real risk in pregnancy and the pain can often manifest differently in pregnant women than not.

 I am here for you. 

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had an ultrasound at around 4 wks and again at 5 wks 6 days….the 4wk ish one showed nothing but a gestational sac and tiny yolk sac. The one at 5w6d showed a little jellybean with a heartbeat! 

I too had worries of ectopic pregnancy. I had pain localized to my right side, and it just really worried me. It turned out that I had some cysts. Totally normal. Also, I didn’t have my HCG checked every 48 hrs but I had it checked once and it was like 54, and a week later it was almost 3,000, which if I do the math correctly is a doubling time of 30 hours.

Now I’m 13w and we have heard the heartbeat by doppler…so our early worries were for naught. 

Sending good thoughts your way!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not a doctor… but a PA student (graduating in 20 days!) 

Typically you should see an intrauterine pregnancy, on a transvaginal US, once the quant HCG levels are 1500. It’s not necessarily based on weeks of pregnancy. Plus, if you weren’t charting, you may not know when you truely ovulated and the dating can be off. Usually at 6 weeks however you’ll see yolk sac … may or may not see a heart beat or fetal pole. It really depends. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I also had pain on the side that I ovulated.  I had a small cyst on my ovary which the doctor said was normal.  I had plenty of cramping (really I still do at 25 weeks!) I also started spotting at about 6 weeks so they did an ultrasound and it showed a yolk sack and embryo with heartbeat on both external and more clearly on vaginal. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

All I saw was a yolk sack and fetal pole! You’ll be fine honey! See if they can do another u/s at 9 or 10 weeks as well! FX!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I had an US at 6weeks 5days, and it mostly looked like a little blob, but they were able to see that it measured correctly, and could see the heart beat, so that was reassuring. Best of luck to you!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@wifegoodman:  I didn’t have an u/s that early but I did have pain around 6 weeks. There’s so much going on in your uterus and pain is normal. Good luck!

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