has anyone had an ultrasoung done at 6 or 7 weeks pregnant to find the tech could not see anything?

Yaima - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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my sister went today for her first ultrasound and they didn't see anything. Any hopes? has this happened to any one here?

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Yolanda - posted on 03/15/2010

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I had one done when I was 6 weeks pregnant because I had a history of miscarriages and the tech could not see anything; that was my third miscarriage, had a D&C and six months later conceived again and she is 11 years now, Thanks God. Just be there for her. Let us know how it goes on her second ultrasound, and tell her not to loose faith, it took me 5 years to have my daughter. And it was all worth it.

Simone - posted on 03/25/2010

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Hello Yahima, I am pregnant again (15 weeks now) and I had my first ultrasound with 7 weeks - it's possible to hear the heart of the baby beating ut it's not that fast - about 123beats per minute, when I had the second one the baby's heart was beating at 154 bpm. Hope everything is ok with the baby of your sister.
A guess is that she had a late ovulation and the baby is not 6 or 7 weeks yet and in that case it's not possible to see anything.

Elisa - posted on 03/16/2010

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I don't want to sound mean, but DON'T give her false hope by saying 'it's the techs fault they didnt do it right' Even if they're new they went to school, they had to graduate in order to do it right. It's hard but GOD does things for a reason and when it's meant to happen for your sister it will! I've never had to go through what she is but I'm sure it's very hard and my heart and prayers are with her.

Vanessa - posted on 03/15/2010

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I had an ultrasound at 12 weeks and they had a hard time finding my son. He implanted very low and stayed low all 9 months. At one point the nurse actually asked me if I was sure that I was pregnant... at 12 weeks!! Ummmm, ya pretty sure

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Whitney - posted on 09/05/2012

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yes me i went and they didnt see anything either but my dr told me i might have been to early to see so he checks my harmone levels to see what was going on and he said as long as my harmone levels are high then everything should be fine

Christina - posted on 03/30/2010

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I had my first one at 5 weeks and they saw and embryo it looked like a diamond ring.

Allison - posted on 03/25/2010

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I had that happen once and I had to have a D&C they called it a complete molar prenancy where the fetus basically turns into cancer and it makes your homones raise to a really high level so you feel and look like you're pregnant. At that point if there isn't a heart beat it's a miracle if the baby is alive. Hope everything will be ok.

Martha - posted on 03/25/2010

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I'm so sorry this has happened. It sounds like the same thing a friend of mine when through. She has had two miscarriages. Her doctor called it a possible Molar pregnancy. From what I understand, it is when the sperm fertilizes an empty egg and the body is tricked into thinking it is pregnant. All the symptoms are there, nausea, sore breast, tired all the time. I guess for a while the hormone levels even increase. And if a D and C is not done and a women lets things happen naturally then the cells can turn cancerous. Not sure if this is what happened with my friend yet or not the tests are not back yet. But it is probably a good thing that your sister is having a D and C. None of this information make the heartache go away, I'm so sorry this is happening. I had a miscarriage with my first pregnancy and it is an awful thing to have to go through.

Zoe - posted on 03/25/2010

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hi, sorry to hear that, im not a doctor or anything but my experience, i was having a lot of problems to start with so went for an early scan around 7, 8 weeks, and there was something there, looked like a bean, so its not looking good but i hope all works out for your sister. x

Christine - posted on 03/24/2010

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I'm glad I read the other responses too. I learned something w/ the ectopic and tubal pregnancies also. I never would have considered those!

Christine - posted on 03/24/2010

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Is she really sure that she should be going this route w/ the doctor "ending" the pregnancy? If they do the internal ultrasound, I wouldn't think the heartbeat would be showing until at least 8 weeks. I saw the post w/ 5 wks--wow! Also, wouldn't a regular OB/GYN be able to do a D&C on her? When I had my miscarriages, they did this on all 3. The fetuses were 9 weeks in all cases, and they confirmed a chromosome issue w/ the last one which I had after a successful birth of my now 4 year old son. I also started bleeding w/ two of them right before I had the D&C's. I'm personally not a fan of abortion clinics. I hope whatever she decides doesn't bring any negative repercusions for her later on.

Sara - posted on 03/24/2010

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yeah, I have. The embryo is still so small that it is very difficult and not unusual to not hear a heartbeat at this stage. As long as the OB isn't worried there is nothing to be concerned about.

Sharon - posted on 03/24/2010

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I had one done at 5 wks with my son. They did an internal ultrasound to find the heartbeat and little as it was....it was there. I think there is hope...maybe the tech was inexperienced at early pregnancies.

Yaima - posted on 03/23/2010

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Thank you all for all your insights and sharing. My sister had a third ultrasound this last Monday. All the blood tests were coming out positive, however, she is not pregnant. Because this is her third try she says she is going to stop. It is not easy to have to go through so much. These treatments can even cause cancer, she is done. I am going with her this Thursday to have an abortion (doctor recommended) so she would not get any infections or conditions becuase this can affect her health. Thank you. God bless you all...

Jess - posted on 03/21/2010

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i had an ultsound done at 5 weeks and the tech said it was just a sack they couldt telll if it woul continue into a baby but im now 35 weeks and all good, i think its a very common thing, i got another at 8 weeks and that showed morre =] good luck

Britni - posted on 03/19/2010

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it might not be good i did that with my first and i had already lost it and i passed it the following day in a clot but it could also just not be big enough yet thats a really early ultrasound

Nicole - posted on 03/18/2010

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Yes, this happened to me. I already had 2 miscarriages. Then, my third pregnancy they had me get a early ultrasound at 5-6 wks and saw nothing but a sac. So, I panicked and then waited for a repeat ultrasound in 2 weeks, and had my Hcg hormone levels checked. The hcg hormone levels doubled every 2 days, which was reassuring. Then, when I went back for my repeat ultrasound they saw the heartbeat. My daughter is now 5 years old and great. They really shouldnt give ultrasounds that early, because seeing nothing is expected that early. The fetus doesn't get a heartbeat until 8 weeks, so really what was the point. Don't stress......get your Hcg levels checked and a repeat ultrasound.

Jenny - posted on 03/18/2010

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Had the same thing happen at my 8 week scan...they could only see an empty sac. I insisted on blood tests to confirm miscarriage but bloods still picked up HcG level in my blood higher than previous test. Dr still said she was sure I had miscarried. Still continued to feel pregnant and symtoms continued so got a second opinion. Turned out I had an ectopic pregnancy. Best I can suggest is for her to listen to her gut feeling...that's what told me the first doctor was incorrect. Since managed to full pregnant & had a beautiful daughter,

Dawn - posted on 03/17/2010

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yep my first child started as a tubal pregnancy and nothing even blood work showed anything until i was 3 months!!

Vanessa - posted on 03/16/2010

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She stated that the blood tests are still showing positive, so it could be a tech problem, or just a location problem (which is what was stated). No false hope presented. But, positive thinking is better than negative.

Kayla - posted on 03/16/2010

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I had one at 8 weeks because I was having problems.. it was hard to see but it was there. you could see the heatbeat.

Elisa - posted on 03/16/2010

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I'm very sorry to hear that for your sister. I had one at 4 weeks and saw the beginning of the sac and then at 6 weeks I had another one and saw just this big circle and even heard her heartbeat. So yes you can see baby as early as 6 weeks...I hope everything works out for your sister!

Beth - posted on 03/15/2010

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Happened to me in my first cycle of IVF. 7 week ultrasound showed an empty sac, as did another one at the hospital with the stronger ultrasound machine. My doctor monitored the blood tests to see the levels decreasing. We stopped the progesterone shots after a few weeks and I miscarried naturally - no D&C, but a LOT of bleeding, very scary. I did conceive again on the third IVF cycle and have a healthy daughter. It is devastating to lose a baby that is so wanted - my heart goes out to your sister.

Michelle - posted on 03/15/2010

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Usually when you are that early in your pregnancy its really difficult to see anything. They usually do a transvaginal ultrasound which can show the baby...but your bladder needs to be full.....As long as her levels are up she should be fine. Maybe the tech was just a bit inexperienced.

Laura - posted on 03/15/2010

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This happened to me but I thought I was about 14 weeks, while my doctor thought I felt about 12 weeks. What happened was when the egg went to divide, it did not divide properly and was aborted while my body continued with the pregnancy. I already had one son and am not pregnant again and everything's fine this time.

Heather - posted on 03/14/2010

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i had one at 8 weeks and they saw nothing but an empty sac. im now 28 weeks and all is well. baby is to small for the u/s to pick it up. in a few more weeks they will see her little bean. Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/13/2010

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I had an USS that early (checking for possible miscarriage) and bubs was referred to as "your little grain of rice" so it wouldn't surprise me if they don't always find the baby.

Kate - posted on 03/13/2010

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It is actually common to not see anything with an ultrasound that early in pregnancy. It doesn't necessarily mean there is anything wrong with the pregnancy, and it also doesn't mean anything was done wrong by the tech. She may have to just wait a few more weeks. Good luck!

Christy - posted on 03/13/2010

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sometimes the blood tests can come back positives if the hormones are still around after a miscarriage. Many people miscarriage early on in the pregnancy and dont even know it. A good doctor will tell you not to say anything to family or friends about being pregnant until you are at the end of your first 3 months. Thats usually when the risk of miscarriage is over, unless the baby has a defect then it can happen later on. 7 weeks is really early and there is no baby there at that time. It helps to remember the stages of the embryo (its just cells, no baby) is from week 1-7

Nicole - posted on 03/13/2010

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This happened to me with my last pregnancy. They could not find anything and thought it could be an ectopic pregnancy, where the baby is in your fallopian tube. I ended up being worried out of my mind for 3 weeks before I got to go back for another ultrasound. When I went back they found the baby, in the right spot. They said it was probably just too early to see the baby.

Zaklina - posted on 03/13/2010

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I had 2 miscarriages one at 7 wks and one at 9 wks. I was so stressed, broken heart and depressed and the worst part is that I did not get answer from the doctors why does it happened. One year latter I was blessed to get pregnant and got my first son, 15 months latter I got my second son. My husband was there for me all of the time.

Kimberly - posted on 03/12/2010

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Let us know what happens!! I had a vaginal one at 6 wks and could definitely see the baby. Miscarriages break my heart, having been through one...Hopefully everything is ok :)

Nicole - posted on 03/12/2010

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i believe it can happen. they are also so tiny at that point that they can easily hide. they couldnt see anything with me to confirm i was until they used the vaginal one. also get blood work done to make sure she is actually pregnant.

Laurie - posted on 03/11/2010

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Blessings on your friend - I think you are right the only thing you can do is listen to her. She needs a friend because whether or not she is pregnant, she will have a lot to discuss. Good Luck!

Abby - posted on 03/11/2010

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yes it has happened to me, the first time I had a miscarriage the second time I wasn't as far along as we thought I was. I hope and pray everything is OK, let me know if you need to talk about anything...

Yaima - posted on 03/11/2010

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it was a vaginal ultrasound and this has been her third try in conceiving a baby through infertility treatments. However, the blood tests are still coming out positive. Thank you all for your responses. I am there for her but it is hard. Now what i can do is not even say anything else and just listen. She is having another ultrasound tomorrow. Let's see what happens. Thank you.

Christie - posted on 03/11/2010

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I had one at 7 weeks... they ended up doing a vaginal one because the regular u/s was too fuzzy (due to my full bladder).... but, with the vaginal u/s they were able to see both sacs.

Keeshea - posted on 03/11/2010

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Yes, unfortunately that happened to me. I went in for a routine ultrasound at 8 weeks and the tech found nothing. It turned out that the embryo did not develop past the 5th week (blight ovum). My doctor told me that this condition happens often and it does not reflect on my ability to conceive a baby. I had to have a D&C. It was the worst day of my life. But, I was blessed three months later - I got pregnant. I carried my baby to term - and now he is a very happy 9 month old.



There is a possibility that the tech screwed up and there is something there. She should ask for a second ultrasound. Also, she may want to get her hormone levels checked. Her hormone level should be increasing. If they are not, the pregnancy may not be viable.



Just be there for your sister. If the pregnancy is not viable - she's going to need all of your love and support. I will pray for her and for the baby.

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