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I'm supposed to have my first u/s next Friday at 6w4d. I'm totally freaking out that they won't be able to see a heartbeat yet. My options were that day or a 7w exactly. I chose the first because I didn't want to have to wait all weekend. But I also don't want to freak myself out if it's just too early. I'm still seeing a RE right now and they want to do an u/s fairly early on then release me back to my regular OB.

I'm totally getting freaked out here!! :

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I know that I, too, would have problems waiting through the weekend!

Thet may not be able to see a heartbeat, but they should be able to see a fetal pole. (I think you can probably google exactly what you would expect to see at that exact time.)

If it's anything other than expected - they just see an empty sac, for example - they will schedule you to come back in within a few days to see the progress you are making and make sure that everything is on track.

Either way, it should give you some relief.

To answer your question: This time around, we did an ultrasound at 9 1/2 weeks (yesterday), because the earlier betas were rising well. We saw a heartbeat. The previous pregnancy, which resulted in a blighted ovum, they did an early (~6 weeks) ultrasound because the betas weren't rising properly. The first ultrasound was just a sac and dated me at around 5 weeks, when I KNEW it was 6. At the second ultrasound, a week later, I had made only 4-5 days progress. We did a 3rd ultrasound, 13 days after that, and I had made only 6 days progress. We knew then that it was an anembryonic pregnancy. But, oh! the waiting.

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The waiting and not knowing is part of what I'm afraid of. My levels have been rising normally so that's not a concern. I just had two very early losses last year so I feel anxious about this whole thing. I just want to see a little heartbeat. I'm scared to death of seeing nothing and having to have a d&c. I think a 3rd m/c would break me at this point.

I know I'm totally worrying about something I can't control. I just want the reassurance, you know? These hormones are making me crazy!

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Ours will be next week on Friday. I think I'll be 8 weeks then. The receptionist made it sound like it was because my due date HAD to be off (my LMP was 1/6, but I ovulated on day 19 of my cycle, so I adjusted my due date accordingly.)
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In both of my viable pregnancies (first didn't even make it to the u/s stage), we did ultrasounds at 6w2d. Both with dd and again yesterday we saw heartbeats. I even saw one of the heartbeats yesterday - I didn't with dd until 8 weeks, but trusted the dr. when she said it was there!

But our clinic cautions us that they don't always see heartbeats that early, and just because there is not one at 6 weeks doesn't mean anything is wrong. Like a pp said, you will still be able to see the fetal pole and sac and know that everything is progressing as it should.

I know how hard it is not to freak out - my symptoms were diminishing and I was all but certain I had miscarried again, only to find very good news indeed. Good luck - I hope all goes will with you next week!

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Is it normal to get them so early? I have only had one doctor's visit and that was to confirm my pregnancy. The birth center said that I don't even need to come in for an appointment until the 10th or 12th week. Are those of you getting ultrasounds early high risk? Why are you doing it now?
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I had my first at 5w6d an we were able to hear a heart beat. What a reassuring sound that was as I was spotting.
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6W3days....was so relieved to see it!!!
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Is it normal to get them so early? I have only had one doctor's visit and that was to confirm my pregnancy. The birth center said that I don't even need to come in for an appointment until the 10th or 12th week. Are those of you getting ultrasounds early high risk? Why are you doing it now?
The reason I'm having one so early is because I'm currently under the care of a reproductive endocrinologist. I have PCOS and had miscarried twice last year and I was referred to them to see if there was something they could do to keep me from miscarrying again. So far it looks like what they did worked as I m/c'd the other two times at 4 and 4 1/2 weeks.

They want to make sure it's a viable pregnancy then they release you back to your regular care provider. The nurse told me that they do an u/s at around 7 weeks then release you. When I was pg with DD my normal OB did an u/s at 8w to date the pregnancy.

I'm still waivering. I think I should be okay at 6w4d but I'm just stressed about it. Although this pregnancy has been MUCH different than my m/c's last year. Somene on the Pregnancy after Loss board had a ultrasound at 5w6d last week and they couldn't see anything. She was really stressed but they brought her back for another u/s at 7w and everything was fine.

Just wondering if I should put it off 3 days..

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Thanks for the reply. I was starting to freak out a little.

I really hope things go well for you.
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Is it normal to get them so early? I have only had one doctor's visit and that was to confirm my pregnancy. The birth center said that I don't even need to come in for an appointment until the 10th or 12th week. Are those of you getting ultrasounds early high risk? Why are you doing it now?
Our babies were concieved through IVF, and our clinic checks early because one, there is a high chance of multiples, and two, IVF patients are supplemented with progesterone until 10 weeks, and there is no point in taking the supplements if the pg is not viable.

When I called my midwife, though, she says she usually doesn't see patients until ten weeks. It was the same with the OB I saw at first with dd.

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when I researched it with dd I found the average time to detect heartbeat on u/s was 6w2d - obviously some will be earlier and some later, but later is probably better so you should hopefully see that little flicker!

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Is it normal to get them so early? I have only had one doctor's visit and that was to confirm my pregnancy. The birth center said that I don't even need to come in for an appointment until the 10th or 12th week. Are those of you getting ultrasounds early high risk? Why are you doing it now?
With my first pregnancy, I had an ultrasound at 12 weeks because the doctor couldn't find a heartbeat using the doppler and he wanted to make sure everything was fine (my due date was off.) This time, I'm thinking it's because the darn receptionist at the midwife's office doesn't believe me when I said I know what I'm talking about. She questioned me repeatedly about my due date (Did you have an ultrasound? Why is it so late? blah blah blah.) I think this ultrasound will just be to get accurate age of the baby. Dr Sears says this about ultrasounds for estimating due date (and the midwife's office uses edc - estimated date of confinement - isn't that weird?)

Ultrasound is particularly helpful for estimating the delivery date for women with confusing or irregular menstrual periods. (Which I had.) The accuracy of ultrasound varies with different stages of pregnancy. During the first twelve to thirteen weeks of pregnancy, ultrasound dating will be accurate to within a few days of baby's actual age. At sixteen to twenty weeks, the margin for error is a week to ten days. By the third trimester, ultrasound estimates of baby's age may be as much as three weeks off.
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Hi Stacey, I remember you from the TTC after loss forum.

This time around I had my first u/s at 5w5d, and we saw the heartbeat. My betas had been really high, and my m/w was pretty certain it wasn't too early--and it wasn't.

With my son, we also saw his HB early, at 5w4d.

In both these pregnancies, I ovulated on day 10 or 11, so that could be why it was detectable that early.

With my previous pregnancy, the one I ended up losing, my first u/s was at 6w2d and we saw the HB then, too.

Good luck. I hope you see that reassuring flicker!
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My OB does a dating ultrasound on every patient before the first appointment, around 7-8 weeks. Last time I declined it since I knew my O date, and he was fine with that. This time I'm postponing calling them until I'm sure I'm far enough along to have an abdominal ultrasound instead of vaginal.

I hope you see a little flicker, or at least a growing bean.
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Hi, Stacey I wish you good luck with you ultrasound, I think I recognize you from the infertility boards. I have PCOS to and am under the care of a fertility specialist, I just had my first ultrasound a little over a week ago, it was also 6w 4days and I never felt so relieved to see that little heartbeat, I still worry because our chance of losing our pregnancy is still great, my doctor did say taking metformin lowers the risk though. I keeping my fingers crossed for you. Let us know how it goes.
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Just to throw out the other end of the spectrum, we will not have an ultrasound till around 20 weeks. We'll see our midwife in the next week or two (was going to be today but she had an overnight birth), at which point we'll hope to hear the heartbeat. She recommends waiting for the u/s until past 18 weeks unless there's cause for concern. So, we'll eagerly be awaiting a peek at our little one in another 11 weeks!

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I had a very early ultrasound at 6 weeks and some change (I'm getting a dating ultrasound next week.) I miscarried in December due to a blighted ovum, and I was shaken up about being pregnant so fast. Also, I had only one period between that pregnancy and this one, and am not completely sure about dates. It was very reassuring to have it, though. They don't usually do any ultrasounds in my new office until 18-20 wks unless there's a medical reason. He just felt it was prudent in my case.
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I think we're just going to have one at 20 wks unless we really need more after that. My dr normally does more than that, but he said he'd go with just one if that's what we want. He said he'll use doppler to check the heartbeat.
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Well I go next mon, I'll be 6 weeks, 6 days and so desperately want to see that sweet little flicker . That will be our last visit with our RE, given that all is well, and will be dismissed to my mw at that time .
My numbers have more than doubled and the progesterone is doing its job , so I am very hopeful but still scared senseless.
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With my TWINS, I didn't get an u/s til 18w. I had no idea it was twins til then. :

Because of THAT THRILLING EXPERIENCE, I always ask for just a quick peek to make sure it's not twins again.

So I had a quick peek with dd at about 8w (and then didn't have another u/s til 20w for gender) just to see that she was one, and with this pregnancy, I'm doing the same thing, getting a quick u/s at 9w -- pretty sure it's just one but I was also fairly sure that my twins were just one too!

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Hi,
I am so glad I found this thread. I've never posted before so I hope its ok that I just vent here and flat out ask for feedback. This may be a long post.
I just really need to write about this somewhere.

Dh and I got pg from IUI (we had male factor infertility). I was inseminated on 2/3. 2 weeks later, I had a BFP on a home pregnancy test. Then went for my first u/s at 6w1d last Thursday.

The RE could not find a sac. My b/w showed my betas rising as they should, the numbers were good and high, "perfect" as doctor said for 6w...except we had no sac. He believed it was an ectopic. We went in again on Friday for a 2nd u/s and more b/w: same thing. High, "perfect" betas, no sac.

We went in again on Saturday (yesterday) for our last u/s just to "confirm" that there was "nothing there" and then have the methotrexate to abort my supposed ectopic....and....suddenly there's a very tiny sac. I had b/w and once again, the betas had risen to a "wonderful" number. So...no treatment for ectopic obviously.

But the sac was not measuring 6w. The RE did not mention what it WAS measuring. I know I should have asked but dh and I were too shocked to do much more than nod. You can understand what an emotional ride we are on here. We went from "not viable, must terminte" to "maybe but we don't really know what's going on" in one day. Nothing was said about a yolk sac or hb or fetal pole either.

According to the RE, I could have implanted or fertilized late. But how likely is that since we know EXACTLY the date I was inseminated? If I implanted/fertilized late, of course the sac would be "small" cause it wouldn't be 6 weeks.

RE also said the fetus could have some genetic or chromosomal abnormality and I would miscarry on my own or have to come in for a D & C.

So, I'm told: just wait. Every day is going to feel like torture. Every twinge/cramp will make me wonder "is this normal 1st trimester cramping or am I about to miscarry?" I keep thinking: what if the sac/fetus keeps growing but there is something terribly wrong with it and I DON'T miscarry? What then? When will I know if it's viable?

The RE wants us back in on Monday (tomorrow) for another u/s and b/w. Here's the problem: I'm a non-tenured teacher in my tenure year (last year before granting tenure) which is the most important for not being absent. I missed 3 days last week due to bronchitis (could me being sick and not eating or drinking a lot have to do with a small sac?). In addition I came in late quite a few days already because of earlier b/w. My RE's office ONLY does b/w and u/s in the mornings.

I feel like I can't go in late tomorrow for this u/s because it's the weekend and I can't contact anyone to cover my first period class. And I was out sick last Wed-Fri. I'm thinking, is a day going to make much of a difference? If I go in tomorrow and risk my job/health insurance and there IS something wrong, they are not going to do anything about it that day anyway, they will say, "wait and see if you miscarry." If there is nothing wrong, then one day won't make a difference.

I'd like to just go to work tomorrow, talk to my principal, explain the situation and go for the u/s Tuesday.

Then I get racked with guilt and worry. Do I risk my baby or my job? What if going in on Tuesday rather than Monday causes me to lose this baby? What if going in on Monday rather than Tuesday causes me to lose my job and health insurance?

I'm so stressed all I want to do is curl up and sleep.

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Annie, what a difficult situation. I'm so sorry you have to go through this.

My gut feeling is to wait - wait and see what happens, and do another u/s at some point to see any changes. If your levels are rising so beautifully, just how likely is it that you'll be miscarrying anytime soon? Hopefully never at all, but it certainly doesn't sound imminent, you know?

I'm no expert on infertility or RE type stuff, or even super-early pregnancy u/s stuff. I'm sure someone else will have more useful information. BUT, I would personally wait and talk to your boss and let them know what's going on and wait a little while. Hopefully in another week or two you'll see all of those wonderful little parts you'd expect to see!

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Annie. What a tough spot to be in. I agree with HeatherB -- getting the u/s sooner won't help if something goes wrong, and you don't need stress about your job right now.

I won't be getting an u/s. I've never had a transvag and I hope I never do I had an u/s at maybe 18 weeks with my first and second kids -- actually, I had 2 u/s with my first, because I wasn't as far along as they thought, and they wanted to get another look at the kidneys, IIRC. No u/s with #3.

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Annie, has anyone ever suggested a tilted uterus to you? It is incredibly common and can cause some difficulty in finding and measuring very early pregnancy.

Many to you. Please remember you are not risking your baby by going to work. Sadly, at this point if a miscarriage is going to happen we cannot stop it. Can you ask your doc to write a medical excuse note for work, for mornings/ days missed? That way it could be on file if need be and you don't have to go into things w/ your employer.

Please keep us posted , Many many . I am hoping the best for you.

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I had my first ultrasound done at 6weeks 4 days also... and we heard a heartbeat... It wasn't as fast as I thought it should be but they say it's super early so no worries...
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Well I called today to change my appt to next Monday when I would be 7w exactly and my dr will be gone lecturing all week! And the other two dr's won't have anything until a week from Thursday!

The nurse really encouraged me that we should be able to see the h/b on Friday and even if we don't it's okay. She said they're looking more for placement and a sac at that point. So I'm leaving the appt for Friday. I know if for some reason we can't see the h/b on Friday then I can probably get in with my regular OB next week. I just need to see this RE on Friday then they'll release me to my OB.

I'll just be praying a lot that we can see the h/b on Friday or at least the sac and fetal pole!!

Thanks for the responses!! I feel like a crazy person!!!

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You are NOT crazy!

I'm sure I'm definitely in the minority here, but I've already had two u/s. One at 6w4d to check for heartbeat (with the RE) and another at 8wks to check for dates and again for the heartbeat (with the OB). And I'll be getting another at 10wks because I am so desperately afraid of m/c. It's a totally unnecessary "mental health" ultrasound, but the midwife who works with the OB and did my u/s and I discussed it and we're both comfortable doing that.

Good luck to you! I hope you definitely see something on Friday.

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Stacey. You're not crazy. You just desperately want this Baby, I understand completely.

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Is it normal to get them so early? I have only had one doctor's visit and that was to confirm my pregnancy. The birth center said that I don't even need to come in for an appointment until the 10th or 12th week. Are those of you getting ultrasounds early high risk? Why are you doing it now?
I'm not high risk at all but I just got my first u/s at 7 1/2 weeks. I was able to hear and see the heartbeat too. He did a transvaginal doppler u/s. It is to my understanding that roughly 8 weeks is the first u/s and my obgyn is having me in every 4 weeks to monitor anatomy until 36 weeks when we'll go once a week. So far my pg is progressing quite nicely and without cause for concern. Maybe your insurance won't pay for this many visits? You might want to ask.

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