Post # 16
I had my first ultrasound at 8 weeks exactly and was able to see everything, the little baby, heartbeat, etc.
I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks and thought having to wait til 8 weeks was an eternity, but in the end it really makes sense. If you go in too early, you risk not being able to see or hear anything, but by 8 weeks everything should be developed enough to determine a viable pregnancy.
Post # 17
We saw/heard ours at 7 weeks. My OB wouldn’t see me before that.
Post # 18
My doctor schedules the first appointment / ultrasound between 8 and 10 weeks. I went at 8w6d last Thursday. It was a transvaginal ultrasound. I was soooo anxious that it wouldn’t find a viable embryo, but we heard the heartbeat loud and clear! Congrats to you and good luck!
Post # 19
Ps i agree with PP that I’d rather wait til a guaranteed heartbeat than risk not hearing it and have to worry. (But I also waited to test until 13 dpo sonmaybe that’s just me?)
I’d also rather wait til 8+ weeks when the risk of Mc is much lower, since it would be so hard to hear a heartbeat and then lose it.
Post # 20
nursebee22 : my first ultrasound was when we thought I was 8 weeks and I turned out to be 6. It looked like a flickering spot on the screen. I’m the sort of person who just goes “okay” to things like that, but it was still nice to know it was there. The first time I listened to it was at my first midwife appointment, about a month later. He was a zoomer and hard to catch! I preferred listening to seeing.
Post # 21
My first ultrasound was at 12 weeks, and I got to hear the heartbeat. I think there was a post on here awhile ago about a bee who had an early ultrasound and was quite worried because she didn’t hear heartbeat. There’s no right or wrong answer, but just be prepared that you might not get much of the fun info from an early ultrasound.
Post # 22
My doctor’s office schedules them at 8 weeks. Due to my husband’s schedule and my weeks starting on Saturdays, I got in at 8 weeks and 4 days. It felt like an eternity, but now I’m at 38 weeks.
Post # 23
whatwillbeewillbee : When we were trying to confirm ectopic or mc last year at 6+5w they did transvaginal, so I’m guessing they would do that again this time, but I’m not sure
craigslistgirl : Thanks for the input! My doc wants to get me in on the earlier side just to confirm that the pregnancy isn’t in my tube again, even though the lab results look promising so far. I’m just so paranoid about it that I’m so welcoming an early ultrasound. Hoping that since I got a very dark bfp at 11dpo maybe the babe will continue being an overachiever for the US too! haha
Thank you everyone for you input! Makes me feel better to know so many that had early ultrasounds were able to see or hear it in or around week 6!
MRSsrm85 : My weeks start on Saturdays too!
KittyYogi : Yay! Congrats to you too!
Post # 24
nursebee22 : yayyyy congrats! I had a dating ultrasound at 6 weeks, saw the babies heart beat … it was a vaginal ultrasound (sadly ended in m/c)
Post # 25
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I had to have an ultrasound to even date my pregnancy and I turned out to be 8 or 9 weeks. We saw the heartbeat then if I remember right but it wasn’t until week 16ish that it was easy to find and hear it with a Doppler. So usually I ended up getting mini scans at my appointments to check on it until they could hear it. 🙂
Post # 26
Saw him (and his flickering heartbeat) for the very first time at our first appt at 9+1. Here he was! 💙
The vertical line was our OB measuring his heartrate, which was 180.
I didn’t know I was pregnant until I was already 7 weeks along, so we only had to wait a couple weeks until my first appt. And even that felt like forever…
We first heard his heartbeat at my next appt, which was my NT scan at 12+2.
Post # 27
I called to make my ultrasound appointment. Was hoping to go between 6-7.5 weeks just to ease my mind after the ectopic. Can’t get in until April 2. Which is 8+2. I know that at least means I’ll have a good chance of seeing and/or hearing the heartbeat by then, but I’m so disappointed that it’s so far away from now. My doc said everything looked good based on the hcg and progesterone levels but since I had the ectopic I was hoping it wouldn’t be so long of a wait to get to do an US. And the rude lady on the phone wouldn’t even let me book an ultrasound only and my first OB appt on 4/2 because “if the doctor wants to see you after that throws the whole schedule off.” So hormonal crying over here… And also looking for a freestanding ultrasound place…
Post # 28
nursebee22 : I was able to see a heart beat at 6+1 weeks! But that is very early, we would not be able to hear it.
I had one at 5 weeks with no hb ( was having severe cramping so they thought it might be ectopic)
Post # 29
Often before 5 weeks, you can see the beginning of the heart formation, but no actual “beating” until sometime between 5 and 6 weeks. I had a couple of USs (we had no idea how far along we were) before HB was visible- I think finally got a solid beating heart and due date around 6-7 weeks. With our second baby, didn’t have an US scheduled until 8 weeks- which I think is more typical.