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Early scan - what to expect...

(14 Posts)
ruthietoothie Wed 12-Dec-12 20:20:23

Hi

I'm booked in tomorrow am for a early scan due to having had a general anaesthetic after conceiving (but before showed up as being pregnant).

I think I'm about six weeks pregnant, and not sure what to expect with the ultrasound. Are they just checking to see if thee's a heartbeat, or can they see anything else at this stage...

Feeling nervous and sick about it, but at least it's first thing so don't have a long wait in the morning

Christelle2207 Wed 12-Dec-12 21:00:42

Don't necessarily expect a hear beat, difficult to be sure of seeing one until 7-8 weeks. Other than that, not sure, sorry. I have to wait till 12!

ShowOfHands Wed 12-Dec-12 21:07:09

Heartbeat develops at 6 weeks so you're right at the threshold of whether you'd see a heartbeat because you're not exactly sure of dates. I've had a scan at this point and seen a small (think 5/6mm across) bean shaped thing with an even tinier but speedy electrical impulse inside it (the heartbeat).

You'd expect to see a gestational sac in the right place and then whether you can see the fetal pole, actual baby, heartbeat etc depends on the equipment and how far you are along.

Be prepared for the scan to be transvaginal too. I've had abdominal scans at that stage but they've then done transvaginal ones for a clearer picture.

General anaesthetics are okay in pregnancy btw as I'm sure you've been reassured but I'm no expert.

Rache1S Wed 12-Dec-12 21:07:50

My friend had a scan at around 6 weeks after some bleeding and a heartbeat was detected via a vaginal ultrasound, although I don't think it's detectable on a normal ultrasound until 7-8 weeks.
I think they just check that everything is measuring as expected for the length of gestation.

ShowOfHands Wed 12-Dec-12 21:09:04

Here is an example of a 6 week scan showing a gestational sac and the baby inside.

ruthietoothie Wed 12-Dec-12 22:12:35

Thanks all, good to be prepared that might be trans vaginal. Nervous and keeping fingers firmly crossed

noblegiraffe Wed 12-Dec-12 22:20:43

I had a transvaginal scan at 6 weeks, which I wasn't expecting at all. If you do have one, it's much easier than a smear test (which I find quite painful). I did see a heartbeat on mine but I was quite lucky. It just looked like a tiny blob on the screen with a pulsating bit. Good luck, and take a book for the waiting room as they usually have quite a few people to see.

suzyrut Thu 13-Dec-12 10:02:56

Hi ruthie,

Just to say I had an early scan and was a bit less along than I thought based on symptoms so only saw a sac and a very small yolk sac and what the sonographer described as the beginnings of a fetal pole (baby) but just looked like a black dot. She said a couple of days either way can make a massive difference to what you can see even trans-vaginally as it's growing at 1mm per day at this stage. I think what I'm saying in a very long, round about way is don't worry too much if they don't find a heartbeat or you can't see much of a baby because a couple of days at this stage can make a dramatic difference. I say this only because I worried myself silly for a couple of weeks till I had a rescan when everything was fine!

Good luck for today xxx

emersonkelly Thu 13-Dec-12 13:11:08

At 13 weeks, doctors can find the gender of the child.

ruthietoothie Thu 13-Dec-12 13:32:57

Thanks all, scan was done in usual way (ie not trans vaginally) and showed a heart beat! V happy and relieved. Hoping all will continue to go well

Woodifer Thu 13-Dec-12 13:40:29

that's great ruthie smile

ruthietoothie Thu 13-Dec-12 13:47:36

Thank you! I hope you're feeling ok? I'm very queasy and still very grumpy / hormonal

FoofFighter Thu 13-Dec-12 13:48:44

fab news smile come and join the Due August 2013 thread in ante-natal clubs smile

ruthietoothie Thu 13-Dec-12 15:11:33

Will try and find august ante natal club. Always find the talk of stats confusing wink

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