Post # 1
When you went for an early ultrasound, was it an external or a transvaginal? My understanding is that they will first try the external and if it’s not able to detect anything they will go with the transvaginal. I’m just curious if they are likely to get anything with the external. Also, what does the transvaginal entail? Is it uncomfortable? Oh, and what did the baby look like at that stage? More than a blob?
Post # 3
@mysterybee123: Well, here is my 8 week u/s
It looks like a smooshed gummy bear, lol. There isn’t much to see. You may see a little flicker of a heart beat (I didn’t get to hear it but it can be heard sometimes).
I wouldn’t go in expecting a whole lot to be honest. Just look forward to your 12 week if you are getting one:
4 weeks makes a BIG difference 🙂
Post # 4
Wow! I’m amazed by how much more detail is visible in the 12 week image! Thanks for sharing.
Post # 5
Yeah it is quite amazing. I know TONS of Bees have a better 12 week u/s than I do (I have had a really crappy experience with my u/s tech so I am super pumped for my 20 week at the end of Nov here because I have someone new).
It is still just as exciting your tiny little smooshed gummy bear of a baby though. I still got a flood of emotions when we saw it because, well, it’s your baby. Something is there 🙂
Post # 6
My MD didn’t even try with the external. The transvaginal isn’t physically uncomfortable. What you can expect and tips:
1. Keep a sense of humor about it
2. Don’t tense up, it is thin and won’t hurt, but you don’t want to focus on that when you are there to see the flicker of your baby’s heartbeat
3. Keep your partner up by your head, and give him a heads up that is how it will happen. It freaks them out with you don’t warn them first
4. Many women will have ovarian cycsts, don’t freak out if you are one of them, BUT the MD will probably ‘dig a little deeper’ to investigate the size, etc. That part can be uncomfortable.
My baby didn’t photograph well at that stage, very bloobish; though some women have adorable gummy bears. Also, you will leave with some pictures, but if your phone allows, try taking video so you can listen to the heartbeat later on. For me, during the appointment I didn’t get emotional because it was all so clinical and fast, after the fact I would have loved to be able to re-live it and I regret not taking some audio/video with my phone.
Post # 7
@mysterybee123: At 8 weeks I had an abdominal u/s and could see the little bean and the heartbeat flickering, even though I was only technically 6.5 weeks along. They wanted a better picture though, so went ahead and also did the transvaginal as well. The transvaginal is no big deal. They put a condom on something that looks like a dildo. They had me insert it myself (though I have heard from others that this isn’t necessarily the norm). It wasn’t uncomfortable at all.
You couldn’t see anything other than two blobs – the little baby bean and the yolk sac. It’s pretty amazing the difference at 12 weeks though. We could see the baby’s profile, little hands and feet, could count her fingers and toes!
Good luck and congrats! The moment you see that flicker on the screen for the first time is absolutely amazing!!!!
Post # 8
I had my first ultrasound right before 8 weeks. It was transvaginal (didn’t even try the external) and all I could see what a little blob with a flickering heartbeat. Still really cool even though it didn’t at all look like a baby. 🙂
Post # 9
At 7w 5d, mine was transvaginal and looked a lot like @megz06:
did. It wasn’t uncomfortable, the wand isn’t very big.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Our insurance doesn’t cover an u/s until week 12, but at 9w5d a friend who was learning at a clinic gave one to me. My uterus is tipped so the abdominal ultrasound didn’t show much and thankfully they offered the option of transvaginal so we could confirm heartbeat, etc.
Honestly, the vaginal wand was more comfortable than abdominal because I had to hold so still and they had to press so much to show anything on the abdominal scan.
Here’s what baby looked like:
Post # 11
I had a dating ultrasound at 6w1d (we thought we were 9 weeks at the time) and it was transvaginal. I had no idea that transvaginal ultrasounds were even a method and I was initally a bit freaked out when the doctor explained it. I was like “you want to put what where? Really?” She said that if I wasn’t comfortable then I could wait a few more weeks but I decided to just go for it as I was already there. In all honesty, it really wan’t that bad. A pap is way worse in my opinion. Baby just looked like a peanut, there was a heartbeat though which was cute to see.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Post # 12
This was my us from 8w3d. Congratulations! Very exciting. We loved watching the heart thump away.