Wondering when the soonest someone has seen the baby's heartbeat on an ultrasound? I went in today at 5 weeks 5 days and it was just a yolk sac. I go in again Tuesday and I will be 6 weeks 2 days. The Dr. said II really should see something by then? It makes me kind of nervous though to go in because what if I don't see anything? Any thoughts?
Heather - posted on 07/25/2012
Great News! My ultrasound that was done yesterday was at a free clinic here. So to confirm the miscarriage I went into my OBGYN today.....and there was no miscarriage! In fact, there was a yolk sac, baby, and heartbeat! Praise God!
Angela - posted on 07/24/2012
An absolutely huge percentage of pregnancies end in early miscarriage. For most of us this occurs before we were even aware of pregnancy. A great many of us who are mothers and believe we've never had a miscarriage will actually have had at least one failed pregnancy - it just happened before we even knew.
I'm in my 50's - my kids are grown up now. Back in the days when I was young enough to conceive, clinics etc .... would not carry out pregnancy tests unless it had been at least 6 weeks since the first day of the last period.
Nowadays, there are advanced pregnancy tests you can buy over the counter that are so sensitive they will tell you you're pregnant before your next period is even due. Many couples avoid "going public" with their pregnancy news until they safely pass the 12 weeks mark.
I totally sympathise with your situation but I'm unable to give any biological/scientific explanation.
I wish you peace and blessings and hope you are able, somehow to come to terms with your loss.
Heather - posted on 07/23/2012
Thanks, based off my Last Menstrual Period, I am actually a week and a half further along, so about 7 1/2 weeks now. I did an ovulation test so I know exactly when I ovulated and based on that I'd be 6 weeks 1 day today. I need to just trust God because I know he has a perfect plan for this baby. They didn't see a baby, just the yolk sac, but it is pretty early. My nurse practitioner who did the first ultrasound said if she doesn't see anything this week she will be worried....I think that's what's worrying me. I was praying yesterday for peace and really felt God telling me not to worry because he has it under control and that I will see the heartbeat. Just hoping we do tomorrow :)
Andrea - posted on 07/22/2012
I have had an ectopic pregnancy so I need to get ultra sounds as soon as possible in order to make sure everything is "where it is supposed to be." We found out about my current pregnancy very early (3 1/2 weeks) and had to wait until 6 weeks because they said they baby would be too small to see otherwise. My little one looked like a kidney bean with a tiny pixel inside that fluttered - at that young age it was hard to see.
Before I had one ultrasound done at 5 weeks 2 days and they were unable to see anything only that I was pregnant (enlarged uterus - but they had expected to see more) so I had to come back a week later. We lost that baby - there was no growth and I naturally miscarried a few weeks later.
If I were in your situation I would be encouraged that they saw the baby and try not worry too much as I would not have expected them to see much detail before 6 weeks. Prayer is always a good thing. Pray not only for the health of your baby but for God to ease your mind and let you feel His presence. Let Him comfort you and know that you and your baby are in His hands.
Angela - posted on 07/22/2012
Your ultrasound technician knows what he/she is looking for when you have a pregnancy scan. I could see exactly what was on the screen with all of mine but I could never recognise anything I saw as looking anything like an embryo, foetus or baby. I needed the technician to point out stuff to me. They're trained and qualified in recognising stuff, identifying what they see etc ... They can also measure you and give you a more accurate date for delivery than the one calculated from the first day of your last menstrual period. Because even when you know for certain the date your last period started, that's only the date for your period. Calculation of the expected date of confinement depends rather more on your date of ovulation. Generally a woman ovulates about mid-way between 2 periods - but this is not exactly so for all women. So can you see why your claim of being "5 weeks and 5 days" pregnant is a bit of a wild guess?
Would this be 5 weeks and 5 days since your last period? If so, remember that for approximately the first 2 weeks following the first date of your last period you probably hadn't even produced an egg (ovulated) never mind whether you'd had it fertilized, LOL!!
I would urge you to stop counting days and weeks and simply go by the date you get from your scan, it's far, far more accurate!
Carla - posted on 07/21/2012
I don't know WHEN you should see something, but if the doctor says you should be able to see something at 6 weeks, then believe him ;) Because we don't have a precise way to tell exactly when we became pregnant, there is always a chance you might not be as far along as you think, or maybe more, who knows? Relax, honey, you will see and hear soon enough.
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