Post # 1
So due to my panicking, they moved my ultrasound and first appointment to tomorrow. I am 6 weeks today. They said we should see a heatbeat but it may still be a little slow. The appointment is not with the OB, but with a nurse. Apparently you meet the OB at about 10-12 weeks. What should I expect? And does the risk of the “m” word go down when you see the heartbeat?
Post # 3
Hi! I should warn you not to freak out if you see nothing. At 5 weeks 6 days, I saw next to nothing. There was the sac, and a tiny tiny fetal pole, but she couldn’t get a heartbeat at all. However, at 6 weeks 6 days when I went back, it was nuts how much the baby had grown. That time she saw the heartbeat and could get a measurement. She told me not to worry at 6 weeks because it was still so early, everything was still forming. So don’t be terribly alarmed if the same happens to you.
I do think the risks go down after you see a heartbeat, and even more so after you hear the heartbeat with the doppler, which doesn’t happen until around 9-12 weeks.
It is good that they are taking you early but I just don’t want you to freak out if you see what I saw that first day!!!
Post # 4
You should probably be prepared for a vaginal ultrasound, and let your hubby know too, if he is going with you! It’s not at all painful, but this early on, they will probably do the ultrasound vaginally. Once you are further along, they will be able to do it from the outside of your tummy.
The doc will be able to take a look at the sac, and make sure that it is in the proper place, and that is also a good size and healthy shape. They always warn you that they might not be able to see the hearbeat. They probably will, but they probably won’t give you a heart rate or anything since it is so early on.
I think the risk goes down a little, but the statistics are still there this early in the pregnancy. Regardless, every time you see that everything is healthy is a good thing, and the stats go down each time!
Post # 4
My first ultrasound was 7w 5d, if I remember correctly – I didn’t think I’d really see anything, so I told DH I’d go alone for that one. I wish he had come along! I did see the flickering heartbeat and little arm/leg buds, I cried, lol
I have heard that with a strong heartbeat your chances are lowered – and, of course, that goes for week by week also. (Someone had a chart on one of my baby boards, if I can find it, I’ll link it)
Post # 5
@heathaah: Congrats on being pregnant!! That’s awesome 🙂
Post # 6
Hi heathaah, I had my first (vaginal) ultrasound last week at 6w1d. We were lucky and got to see a heartbeat and they were able to calculate the rate. I even heard it (faintly). There wasn’t much to see – a gestational sac, a yolk sac, and a tiny, tiny little blob that had a flicker in it. The doctor said that they don’t always get to see the heartbeat at that point though, so I wouldn’t worry if you don’t see one. There’s wasn’t much else to the appointment. I was expecting a long talk about what to do, answer my questions etc… but since this is the infertility doc, I think they wait on a lot of that for me to be discharged back to my ob. I go back one more time for an 8 week ultrasound and then back to my regular ob.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
Post # 7
@heathaah: I’m 8w1d and I just had an ultrasound about an hour ago at my first OB appt. He warned me that he’d take a peek but we probably wouldn’t see much and he was right.
For reference: It was an abdominal ultrasound, and I am plus size so there is a decent amount of padding to see through, but basically he said not to worry, showed my my fluid sack and that in 2 weeks when I get my dating U/S we’ll se more!
Post # 8
I imagine you’ll have to have a vaginal U/S at 6 weeks, which I don’t know anything about since I didn’t have any until 9 weeks so had an abdominal scan. Mine wasn’t even with a nurse or doctor- just the U/S tech.
I have heard that statistically, once you hear a heartbeat your M chances drop to like 3-5%. (Of course, that 3% doesn’t really matter if you’re in that group, but it is a little reassuring).
Anyways, good luck, and I am so excited for you! I’m sure it will go well, and you’ll probably feel SO much better after getting to see the baby- even if you can’t really tell what it is you’re seeing (at least, I couldn’t). How often will you be getting U/Ss? Assuming everything is fine tomorrow, will you still schedule another one, or will you have to wait for the anatomy scan?
Post # 9
I’m sitting here laughing about the fact that they are likely to ask me when my last period was. It was June 24th! Yup, 8 weeks ago! But the thing is, my cycles are long and I know the exact date of ovulation and conception! I hope they take my word for it!!!!
Post # 10
@Tatum: Hopefully I get one a little sooner. I think they mentioned another at 10 weeks, but I could be wrong.
It will be vaginal, which is fine since I’ve had about 30+ of those since September! (Clomid monitoring!!).
My husband is coming with me. I am thinking I will not look at the monitor until I know things are ok!!
I am nervous!!!!!
Post # 11
I have an appointment next week and I’ll be 6weeks and 1 day too! Hopefully they dont have to it vaginally… I really dont know what to expect because this is my first visit,
Post # 12
Vaginally is easy for me since I have had soooo many through fertility treatments. It doesn’t hurt or anything. I am just used to it I guess. Chances are at 6 weeks it will be vaginal. But honestly, it is no big deal. It’s a skinny wand and they lube it up. Easy peasy! I am just worried I might bleed after from it, but I think that would be normal too.
Post # 14
Good luck today!! I hope you’re able to see a lot 🙂