What to expect at an 8 week ultrasound?

Laura - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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So I found out that I was pregnant a little over 3 weeks ago. I think I am a little over 6 weeks now. When I called the OB/GYN the nurse said that the doctor does ultrasounds first and then sets up appointments after the ultrasound. She set the ultrasound up for February 12th and said that the doctor doesn't like to do them before 8 weeks but I will only be a day off so that shouldn't matter. What should I expect to happen? I keep hearing people say that we will be able to see the baby and hear the hearbeat. Is there anything else that will occur? Will we be able to see and hear our baby? This is our first and we have no idea what to expect at our 8 week ultrasound.

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Kirsty - posted on 11/24/2013

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I had my first scan 3 days ago i was measuring 8 weeks 3 days and ive been told and done so much research and apparently its rare to detect a heart beat so early depending on babys development but the weird thing was the nurse was like im sorry theres no heart beat babys died and then i spoke to the midwife and she booked me in for a scan a week later cuz they got to look for growth in the baby to see if its still alive i have had no bleeding just waiting on the scan so heartbraking not noing whats going on

Alex - posted on 05/14/2013

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hi ...I had my ultra sound and I am 8 weeks pregnant .... During the ultrasound the thing which is inserted does it have a condom on top and some jell to slide in easily ? because I had the strangest doubt if by any chance the doctor left the condom inside me by mistake ...I am really worried sick ...Please reply to me ASAP ..I would appreciate it ...

Mel - posted on 12/10/2013

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I've been to the docters twice and they had my ultrasound done at 6 weeks and they only saw the sac, so they got me to do another a week later and there is only still the sack there, they were both internal ultrasounds and they said they should see something in there. They have me going back in next Monday for the final decision whether there is a baby there or not. My hcg levels are increasing which is abit of hope. Has anyone else had this happen? I'm so worried!

Alex - posted on 05/14/2013

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hi ...I had my ultra sound and I am 8 weeks pregnant .... During the ultrasound the thing which is inserted does it have a condom on top and some jell to slide in easily ? because I had the strangest doubt if by any chance the doctor left the condom inside me by mistake ...I am really worried sick ...Please reply to me ASAP ..I would appreciate it ...

Amy - posted on 08/31/2011

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at 8 weeks I saw a little bub with arm and leg bubs and a beautiful heart beating. Baby also did a couple of wiggles during the u.s :)

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Nicole - posted on 05/06/2014

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Hiya samara I had same thing at 6 weeks see the sac but no yolk they booked me an appointment for a week later and the yolk was there ive heard this alot it doesn't stop u worrying but don't panic it should be fine

Jenny - posted on 03/25/2014

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I just went today to my 8 weeks 3 days ultrasound and I was able to hear and see the baby's heartbeat. The baby was very small and it looks like a little seed with hands but it was the most awesome experience!

This is my second pregnancy. My 1st was ectopic and this one is succesfull!

A - posted on 03/22/2014

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Hi Alex. Did you see the doctor remove the condom and put it in the bin afterwards? My doc always does after an internal u/s.
If you feel uncomfortable or think it's still inside, then maybe see your doc again?

Erica - posted on 03/21/2014

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Hey , I'm having the same worries. I'm 7 weeks 3 days . What was your outcome ??

Samara - posted on 02/27/2014

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@ mel petrella the same thing is going on with me. Had a ultrasound yesterday at 6 weeks and 6 days. they seen nothing in the sack. im very worried. do u have a response to your qustions>

Dixie - posted on 03/06/2013

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I had my ultrasound at 6weeks 5 days from what the ultrasound said I was measuring and there was a heart beat, embro, and yolk sac

Trudy - posted on 11/30/2012

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I'm 6 weeks pregnant they the doctor told me the same thing that they not seeing anything in the uterus and hcg level low it's going up but slowly I'm worried because I had a ectopic pregnancy before but at the same time the doctor telling it maybe too early so I don't know what to expect.

Kimberly - posted on 09/12/2012

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The 8 week ultrasound is also to confirm your due date and is the most accurate in determining the date!!! I am now 7 weeks with baby number 5!!!!

Shanna - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have had many internal ultrasounds and they are nothing to worry about. You will be so distracted by seeing your baby that I doubt you will notice much pressure or anything. WIth my first baby I did hear the heartbeat at my 8 week ultrasound but usually you cannot hear it before 10 weeks. But you will get to see it, which is just as awesome!! Good luck and congratulations!!!

Michele - posted on 02/02/2010

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I actually had mine yesterday. 8 weeks is too early to hear the heart beat but you can see it on the screen. The tech pointed it out to me. They print out a picture for you for a keepsake. It is a vaginal (internal) sono.... My best advice, make sure you hit the ladies room first but wait until you get to the doctors office to go because they are going to want a urine sample to check your sugar level. I forgot to go before I got into the room and had to pee so bad and the pressure of the sono probe made it worse! The sono tech actually made a comment because she could see how full my bladder was... Hahaha!!!! But other than that, the sono tech just points out the head, arms, legs, etc if they are visible. After the sono we sat with the doc and went over questions and concerns. It was really cool to see the baby on the screen, made it feel real. Good luck and congrats!

Melinda - posted on 02/02/2010

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The 8 week appointment is very exciting. I have heard of other doctors who like to wait until 8 weeks since they want to make sure the baby is big enough to be seen on the ultrasound. It will be vaginal, which is a bit strange if you have never seen it. On the screen, you will see a very small dot inside of sack and you should see a heartbeat as well. It is very cool. The doctor will measure the sack and stuff to make sure you and the baby are healthy, and that is really it.

Don't forget to think of any questions about you and the baby (what you can eat, due date, etc.) because after the ultrasound, you will have a chance to sit with the doctor for a few minutes so you might as well take advantage of that.

Yanelis - posted on 02/01/2010

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Well that seems a bit strange considering most drs will first do a PAP if you haven't had one in over 1yr and then check your uterus and so on. My dr did an ultrasound mainly because i was complaining of some cramping and then scheduled my "picture & heartbeat" ultrasound this week. I'm 9 weeks now.



Your ultrasound will more than likely be vaginal. So expect some pressure at your 8 week ultrasound. They will show you the heartbeat and the baby. Make sure the size is appropriate and that's about it...i think.



Good luck and congrats!

Shanna - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have had many internal ultrasounds and they are nothing to worry about. You will be so distracted by seeing your baby that I doubt you will notice much pressure or anything. WIth my first baby I did hear the heartbeat at my 8 week ultrasound but usually you cannot hear it before 10 weeks. But you will get to see it, which is just as awesome!! Good luck and congratulations!!!

Yanelis - posted on 02/01/2010

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Well that seems a bit strange considering most drs will first do a PAP if you haven't had one in over 1yr and then check your uterus and so on. My dr did an ultrasound mainly because i was complaining of some cramping and then scheduled my "picture & heartbeat" ultrasound this week. I'm 9 weeks now.



Your ultrasound will more than likely be vaginal. So expect some pressure at your 8 week ultrasound. They will show you the heartbeat and the baby. Make sure the size is appropriate and that's about it...i think.



Good luck and congrats!

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