Post # 1
Hi Bees- newly pregnant first-time mama here!
I went to the doctor this morning for my pregnancy confirmation appointment. Based on the date of the start of my last menstrual cycle, I am 5 weeks exactly today. The doctor confirmed my pregnancy (yay!), and drew blood to test my beta level which I will find out the numbers to on Monday. My doctor mentioned that if the beta’s show that I am indeed 5 weeks pregnant as I suspect I am, that he can do an ultrasound next week! Is it normal to have an ultrasound that early? Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally excited to see this little nugget who has made my boobs grow an entire cup size in just a few days, but most of what I’ve read online says that ultrasounds aren’t usually given until about 8 weeks at the earliest.
Just curious about other mama’s experiences an what I can expect to see on the ultrasound at 6ish weeks.
Post # 2
If you do one you’ll probably see a tiny little speck. I had one at 7 weeks and that’s all I saw.
Post # 3
take2bride : Depends. For my first pregnancy I had a confirmation at about 6 weeks and then a heartbeat, but by the time my second came around I had to wait until 8 weeks (and then miscarried that one). When my second viable pregnancy came around I had two, confirmation and heartbeat/confirmation of dates as there was some confusion on dates. And for my final, having two miscarriages prior, she had me come in relatively early after confirmhng HCG levels but I was only 6 weeks (thought I would be maybe 7 weeks based on HCG levels) and saw the heartbeat and a speck. Then went in at 10 to confirm due date.
I think usually it is just 8 weeks because at that point you can get a good heartbeat, but hey, take the ultrasound as a win you get to see your baby twice in the first trimester 🙂
Post # 4
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take2bride : Congrats to you on your baby! 🙂
My doctor recommended I wait until at least 6.5 weeks and I actually waited until 7 because most of the time you cannot see the heartbeat until 6.5-7 weeks. I didn’t want to worry if I wasn’t able to see the heartbeat if I went at 6 weeks so 7 it was! It was a wonderful appointment. I got to see my little bean and his little fluttering heart hard at work! Now he’s 15 months! Time flies… At 6 weeks you may only be able to see the baby’s form and the yolk sack.
Again, congrats and wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!
Post # 5
take2bride : I had my first scan at 6 weeks on the dot (by ovulation) because of my history of miscarriage, and was able to see a heartbeat! That said it is very early and my OB warned me that if we didn’t see a heartbeat not to worry as it can be hit or miss that early.
Post # 6
take2bride : My first was 6 weeks due to miscalculation. Seriously it’s just a flutter on the screen… I’d have him hold off if you aren’t concerned. Might as well make it worth your while.
Post # 7
You probably won’t see much. You might see a heartbeat, might not. Most doctors typically wait. My dr didn’t even do a confirm ultrasound, my first ultrasound wasn’t until 20 weeks. (I could have done the NT scan at 10-12 weeks but we did the genetic testing so my OB advised skipping it and we did).
Post # 8
take2bride : At 6 weeks sometimes you see a baby, sometimes its too early. I have seen many mamas who have had a HB and baby at 6 weeks, while others just see a sac. I didnt have my first ultrasound until 8 weeks, and I saw my baby, sac, and heard the HB. I am now 11 almost 12 weeks. only 1.5 more weeks until I see my bean again!
Post # 9
I had one at 6 weeks because it was a threatened ectopic. It was cool to see the flutter, but if you don’t have reason to be worried I’d wait until 7-8 weeks so you can see the heartbeat for sure.
Post # 10
take2bride : unless you have some reason to worry about an ectopic, I’d probably hold off until at least 7 weeks. I had ultrasounds weekly between 6 and 9 weeks for other reasons. At 6 weeks, we got lucky and saw a heartbeat, but my doctor was really only looking to make sure the pregnancy was in my uterus and not my tube. Each week got a little bit more interesting.
Post # 11
take2bride : I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks because I did IVF. It’s a transvaginal and we saw a teeny speck and and a pulsing light flicker which is the start of cardiac activity.
Post # 12
I had one at 5w 6d because I was leaving to China and South Africa for 3 weeks so I wanted confirmation that everything was ok at that point. Typically, they don’t do it till 10-12 weeks though. We saw the heartbeat.
Post # 13
With my first, we weren’t sure when we conceived so we had 3 early on (one at just over 5 weeks, one at 6 and change, and finally one at 8 weeks). The first didn’t even show a heartbeat yet, the second did but was still too early to give a due date, and we finally got a due date with the third US.
With my next two pregnancies, we were a little more in the know and didn’t do an US until the 8/9 week mark to get due date confirmation. So- up to you. Agree with PP, might be too early to see much, but it’s always fun to take a peek at your baby! (Even if they do look like a blob). Congratulations!
Post # 14
I went for my confirmation appt at around 4.5-5 weeks and they referred me to the early ultrasound at almost 9 weeks.
I just found out I’m pregnant again and doing my confirmation appt a week or so later this time… but the ultrasound is probably going to be around the same time as last time.
Post # 15
Thank you ladies! I have no idea if I should be worried about an ectopic pregnancy, but my doctor made no mention of it yesterday. I’ll definitely keep my expectations tempered if he does want to do an ultrasound at ~6 weeks that I may not see a heartbeat and that it is normal. So excited!