FTM here! I just found out that I’m pregnant. I’m guessing I’m 5w6d today but I’m not sure exactly because I was on the pill so I wasn’t keeping track of things and it might be more because I had an uncharacteristicly light period last time. The orginal dr offfice I was referred to told me that they wouldn’t even see me until 12wks and then no U/S until 14-16wks. So I found a new place to go and have an appt for next Thurs. I was told I would be having a TransVag U/S. I declined it because I am not comfortable having that done. (I’ve had one before and it was painful and made me bleed really bad and now it gives me extremely bad anxiety to think about it.) So they said I wouldn’t be able to have an Abdominal U/S until 12wks. That doesn’t make sense to me as I know a handful of other moms who have had Abdominal ones early on. So I guess my question is: do I have to wait until 12wks or can I ask them to do an Abdominal one now? I’m really skinny and would be at least 6.5 weeks at time of appointment. Thanks for the advice!
Re: First Appointment Nerves and I’m having a lot of anxiety.
Ok, so your first office sounds normal for a normal pregnancy, early ultrasounds are not a necessity.
Your second office accepts you and says that they will to do an early ultrasound, in which a transvaginal is the only way to get accurate results this early in pregnancy. An abdominal ultrasound will not give results, as baby is too low. OR wait until 12 weeks. 12 weeks, baby is out of the lower region and is more easily seen in an abdominal ultrasound - they really do know what they are talking about.
They can't pull magic and make baby appear in an abdominal ultrasound as early as you are because you don't want a transvaginal. Skinny or not, that isn't the issue, the issue is baby is so low that transvaginal is the ONLY accurate way to get the necessary pictures.
I understand your fears of the previous transvaginal, but you have to give one way or another, if you want an early ultrasound. It is not going to harm the baby. It may irritate the tissue and (I was warned) it may cause some bleeding. It's not uncommon. I have had many very painful ones due to severe endometriosis and cysts (to the point of tears), but honestly the one for pregnancy was a breeze compared to those.
Your first doctor office was not incorrect, as it's normal to only have the 20 week anatomy scan. Your second office is not incorrect either, especially if you are unsure of LMP. But to get the correct dating ultrasound you need to have the TV ultrasound to get accurate results or you need to wait until 12 weeks for baby to be high enough to see in an abdominal one. So, it's not the offices - it's your decisions that is causing the inability for an early ultrasound.
If you are absolutely determined to have an early abdominal sono, try going to a private clinic.
Eta: I really shouldn’t be recommending that you go to a private ultrasound clinic so early on - I believe it is best to trust your provider. However, what you want from a provider may not be possible.
6.5 weeks may actually be too early to see with an abdominal ultrasound, that I don't know, but 8 weeks is not, and 8 weeks is still within the window of when dating scans are accurate. Personally, I'd probably push back the appointment a week to be on the safe side and then ask for an abdominal.
I was told by my office that the transvaginal is most accurate and the earlier the ultrasound (if needed) the more accurate the dating is, hence why they do them earlier than later.
Of all the people I know no one has had an abdominal dating scan and you are the first I've ever heard of having one......nothing bad, just that is interesting to me.