How many weeks preggy to see on ultrasound

Kelly - posted on 06/24/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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How many weeks preggy do you need to be in order to see any thing on an ultrasound?.... Went for a scan few days ago and they could'nt see anyting said it was to early on.....

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Valerie - posted on 06/27/2010

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You didn't specify if it was internal or external. I have had many complications with my pregnancies and with an internal scan they can see things as early as 5 weeks,but there usually can't see a heartbeat until 6 weeks. If you are talking an external one, it can be 8 weeks or even longer depending on the sensitivity of the machine and how experienced the person using it is. Good luck!

Yolanda - posted on 07/07/2010

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at 7 weeks, with an Internal ultrasound (done vaginally) saw 7mm and 9mm beans. At 9 weeks, they were bigger (I can't remember how much) but they looked like Budda babies with arm and leg buds. At 11 weeks did abdominal and saw their perfect little feet :-) If you have abdominal fat, that can also make it difficult to see the baby at first.

Cecille - posted on 07/07/2010

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It also depends if an internal or external scan is done. I had my first scan when I were 6weeks pregnant. Internal scan. Could only see a little bean shape inside the sac.

Mariya - posted on 07/01/2010

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I went in for my 1st ultrasound (had no idea how far along I was) and we didn't see anything. We went a week later and saw the yolk sac as well as a heartbeat. According to measurements, I was just over 6 weeks at the 2nd ultrasound so 5 weeks was too early to see anything for us.

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I had an internal ultrasound at about 4 1/2 weeks, and all we saw was the sac. When I returned a week later, we saw the zygote/fetus/baby and heard/saw the heartbeat. So, my guess is between 5 and 6 weeks.

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Kelly - posted on 07/13/2010

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Hi every1 just an update for you, i had my scan 2 days ago on monday and all is good :) I am as i thought 8 weeks preggy tomorrow and our due date is 24-2-2011, thank you every1 for your posts they all helped :).....

Belinda - posted on 07/11/2010

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It depends, mine was detected at 7 weeks. I was told to drink a lot of water before the ultrasound so that my bladder is full and pushes the uterus up. Then the tech can easily maneuver and see something.

Jessica - posted on 07/10/2010

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With my first (boy), I had an ultrasound at 11 weeks and they told me it looked like a boy and comfirmed at 20 weeks then with my girl, had a better doctor, I had an ultrasound at just 4.5 weeks and seen the sac and baby and yolk but no heartbeat yet went back at 6 weeks and heard the heartbeat and she had littleraly doubled in size! I had an ultrasound at every single appt, once a month till 9 months, and she was absolutley perfect!!! I LOVED seeing my babygirl every single time I went in and even wished I could have had an at home sonogram machine, ya right, to watch her every move!! Lmao

Erin - posted on 07/09/2010

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I had an internal ultrasound done w/ my first pregnancy probably around 6 or 7 weeks.

Melinda - posted on 07/06/2010

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i was 7 weeks and 5 days when i had my first ultrasound it was for a due date, it didnt look like much but enough for the tech to let us know everythign seemed ok and see the heartbeat
good luck its so exciting!

Megan - posted on 07/05/2010

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Valerie - not really sure were you are getting your info from but even the FDA states that ultrasound can't be considered harmless.

"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared that ultrasound is a form of energy that can't be considered harmless, even at low levels, and is considering regulatory action against the commercial companies that are offering ultrasound videos in the US."

"Obstetricians in Michigan3 studied 57 women who were at risk of giving birth prematurely. Half were given a weekly ultrasound examination; the rest received pelvic examinations to assess the state of their cervix. Preterm labour was more than doubled in the ultrasound group - 52 per cent - compared with 25 per cent in the controls. Although this was a small-scale study, this statistical difference was unlikely to have emerged by chance.

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/05/who-says-...

Kelly - posted on 07/05/2010

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Thanks Joanne i will be 7 weeks 4 days next week when i go for my scan will keep you all posted :-)

Megan - posted on 07/02/2010

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we were told that boys testicles don't descend until 18 to 20 weeks, so if you have an ultrasound before then they won't tell you for sure. I had one really good ultrasound tech tell me it was a boy at 12 weeks and she was right.

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With my daughter we had an u/s early because I was nursing my oldest and not having regular periods, so they wanted an accurate due date. Anyway, the u/s was done when I was 9 weeks and 2 days pregnant. You could definitely see a baby (though it looked more like a gummy bear).

Valerie - posted on 07/01/2010

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Ultrasounds/scans are made by soundwaves that create a picture by turning the distance between the "wand" and what it bounces off of and the strength of that bounce, into a picture . Whether that be that baby's bone, organs like heart, etc. or other tissue. (thicker things like bone make the picture darker/brighter. Just as a ball thrown against the hard floor will bounce back harder than a ball thrown against carpet.) Soundwaves are flying around everywhere from radio signals, appliances in our house, etc. Xrays although the picture can seem similar in appearance are radiation. Limit unnecessary xrays, but you are in more danger from talking on your cell phone a lot and your microwave oven than a baby is from an ultrasound. I appreciate the concern, but there are so many things to worry about when you are pg, scans are not one of them.

Tine - posted on 06/30/2010

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Not sure,but there are some risks associated with ultrasounds as with any medical procedure (although medical professionals will tell you otherwise!), so avoid having unnecesary ones would be my advice:-)

Louise - posted on 06/30/2010

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I had an emergancy scan at 8 weeks and you could see the baby!!!..although it was a blob really and didnt look much like a baby!!..so much difference in 4 weeks!!!!
congrats bytheway..how far are u??

Nicole - posted on 06/29/2010

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at least 20 weeks 4months and more is better to see actual body part or its just a blob before 19 weeks.

Valerie - posted on 06/29/2010

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And I wouldn't worry about too many scans being harmful. They are not "painful" for the baby, anymore than an xray or ultrasound causes you or me pain. It is a picture. It may be that there was a language barrier and Elena meant that it could be bad for the baby to have the scan, and there are a few (I stress few) studies that wonder if multiple scans can be dangerous, but most drs agree that the risk is very minimal if at all. I am a "natural" mama and haven't subjected my kids before or after birth to anything unnecessary. Breastfeeding exclusively, no drugs or even an IV during delivery so I asked a lot of questions about the safety of multiple ultrasounds and was assured by both my midwife and the dr that oversees my medical condition that they are safe.

Deanna- I love those early pictures! They are the precious reminders of our babies who never made it into our arms. :)

Deanna - posted on 06/28/2010

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With my first pregnancy (miscarried) we saw the gestational sac, the little blob of baby with the heartbeat but there wasnt much to see.

Second pregnancy (full term-my daughter) we saw her at 9 weeks. She looked like a little dinosaur, we could see her legs and arms and everything, then at 11 weeks she looked perfectly like a tiny tiny baby.

Third pregnancy- at 9 weeks he looked like a giant jelly bean with arms and legs lol.

Kelly - posted on 06/28/2010

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Hi, my 1st was very small so they had to keep track of her growth hence the amount of ultrasounds i had with her, she is now very happy 20 month old who has always been perfectly happy and healthy.. This time round i have no idea how far along i am im guessing bout 6 weeks so the scan in 2 weeks is just for dating :-).....

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wow, that's a lot of ultrasounds
There are researches that the scans are actually painful for the fetus...
Anyhow, my doc did 10 weeks to date, but that isn't necessary if you know your dates and 20 and that's it.

Kelly - posted on 06/28/2010

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They don't need to suspect a problem in order to do an early ultrasound i am unsure of LMP so as i said it's a dating scan as they cannot send me for 12 week or 20 week san if unsure how far i am.... I no im pregnant and i have no issues really i was just wondering at what point u see something on ultrasound.....

Kelly - posted on 06/28/2010

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It's a dating scan to find out how far along i am, i had my 1st scan with my 1st child at 8 weeks then another at 12, 20, 30, 35 no no problems at all my doctors are just scan happy lol :-)......

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why are you doing ultrasounds so early on? you really don't need one until about 20 weeks
Are you suspecting a problem? don't mean to be nosy

Valerie - posted on 06/28/2010

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Not out of the ordinary to not see anything that early with an external scan. Having had many heartaches on our way to the 3 blessings we have now, you are in my thoughts and I wish you luck! Please post an update after your scan so we know how it goes! :)

Kelly - posted on 06/27/2010

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Have another scan sceduled for just b4 8 weeks so hopefully see something then as thats when e saw something with our first little one......

Kelly - posted on 06/26/2010

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Hi yeah i think i was about 4 weeks at the time i am now waiting till i am approx 6 weeks to go back again, this is my second pregnancy and i think i was roughly 8 weeks with that 1st scan, Thanks for you help appreciate it :-)

Sarah - posted on 06/26/2010

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With my first pregnancy we got the dates wrong right at the beginning and we just saw a little bean type thing in the womb. I was 7 weeks at the time. I couldn't believe the difference between that scan (just a bean) to the next scan which actually looked like a baby lol.
If they couldn't see anything at all i would guess you were earlier than 7 weeks hun xx

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