Hi mamas! I am currently 7w + 2 according to my ovulation date, which I tracked using a urine test. I ovulated early this cycle so according to LMP, I'm 6w + 6. I am using a midwife and birthing center for this birth so only one ultrasound is done at 20 weeks. Everything else is measured via Doppler. Even then, it has to be between 11-12 weeks. I'm totally freaking out and know that if I wait that long to hear a heartbeat, I'll stress myself into madness.
SO I am having an elective abdominal ultrasound done on Saturday just to see our little one and see the heartbeat. The tech feels confident that we will be able to find it. But I know 7 weeks (ish) is kind of early in the pregnancy. Does anyone have anything helpful to share? Is it common to not find a heartbeat at 7 weeks even if everything is ok, or should we expect it even so early? I'm especially nervous because, besides sore breasts and food aversions, I haven't really dealt with any pregnancy symptoms. Thank you!
Re: 7 Week Ultrasound - Nerves
6 weeks is still a bit early to see the heartbeat on ultrasound, so if you don't see anything then don't get too upset. An ultrasound will give you clearer dates for sure and if a follow up is needed I'm sure they'll ask you back in.
Symptoms, or lack of, are not a good indicator of a viable pregnancy.
L & N twin girls: 3yo. Born at 30 weeks. 2 month NICU stay
BFP Aug 2018: EDD April 2019
The timeline you're describing is not unusual. I had a dating u/s at 7 weeks (transvaginal bc it's too early to see anything on an abdominal scan). Doppler hb can be heard starting around 11-12 weeks. Then an anatomy scan at 20 weeks. Some practices still offer the NT scan at around 14 weeks (I think) but mine doesn't do them anymore. I won't see baby again for another 3 weeks when I'm 35 weeks for a growth check. Sure it sucks but 40 weeks is a long time to be so stressed already. If there are potential issues they might scan you more frequently but I don't think you want that!
Just try to relax for now. You'll see baby soon enough!
Me:32 DH:33 Married:04/2012 DD:07/2014
BFP 8/14/2018 #2 due 4/18/2019
Last pregnancy, I did have a dating scan. Even though my cycles were regular, my midwives encouraged it because, for an out-of-hospital birth (which I had), you have to deliver between 37 and 42 weeks. So it's important to know dates because if your dates are off, you might have to go the hospital because you're in labor outside that window, when you're actually within that window but didn't know it because your cycles were irregular.
My current pregnancy, I actually didn't have any appointments at all until 18 weeks due to an unusual travel schedule. So no early ultrasound, obviously, and not even hearing the heartbeat until then! What helped me not be nervous was reminding myself that ultrasounds and Dopplers and such are new technology in the grand scheme of things. Women have done without those things for thousands of years, and there was no reason to suspect anything was wrong.
Trust your provider. If they were worried or you showed symptoms that required an early ultrasound they would schedule you.
The ONLY reason I got a dating ultrasound was because I came off of a medicine that stops your period completely. After coming off of my meds, I used OPK and knew exactly when I ovulated and when I got a positive test, the office said because I dint have a period they had to assure I wasn't further along. Well, dating ultrasound was spot on to the positive OPK and when we had been intamate.
If that did not occur I would not have had an ultrasound until the 20 week mark. They don't do unnecessary ultrasounds.
Otherwise, I would never expose my baby to anything that is unnecessary. You don't know how regulated the machines are at these elective places and how trained they truly are using the machines.
Trust your provider. In a few weeks, they will be able to use the doppler, and your medical staff is trustworthy.