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#1 my4beautifulboys

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

Hi, today i went to see my Gp for my first visit, it wasnt my usual Gp, but he know my history. Since i have sadly had 3 m/c, he has written a referral for me to have a viabilty scan, in a couple of weeks time.
He wrote on the referral a viability scan, as ive had previous m/c's. He said that i'm now 5 weeks 6 days, so he said wait a couple of weeks. Otherwise if you have the scan too early, they cant see anything and Anxiety can set in, not knowing if everything is alright.

Does this sound ok or do you think i should have an earlier scan or not?

#2 ShopgirlX

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I had my dating scan at 6 weeks and was able to see the heartbeat.   hheart.gif   I would be surprised if 6 weeks wasnt enough for viability unless your previous losses (which I'm very sorry about) have been after the 6 week mark.  Maybe he's just trying to time it right.

Best of luck and I hope everything is great when you do go original.gif

#3 epl0822

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:50 PM

I went for an early scan and they could make out the sac but couldn't see the baby. I ended up having a perfectly normal pregnancy and healthy baby, but I was very anxious when I heard they couldn't see baby. Hope you have good news.

#4 Fright bat

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

I had a scan at 6.5 weeks with bleeding and they did not see an embryo or a yolk sac. That 'missing' embryo is upstairs having a bath.

Wait until 8 weeks. Ultrasound is not an exact science and what you see depends on the position of the uterus, the location of implantation, the growth rate of the embryo, the body shape of the mother, the experience if the sonographer and the quality of the machine.

An embryo was not seen in my retroverted uterus with a posterior wall implantation. I'm told this is not unusual.

Wait until 7.5-8 weeks.

#5 EffiesMum172

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:52 PM


Edited by EffiesMum172, 02 March 2013 - 10:12 PM.

#6 TillyTake2

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

I think it depends how certain of your dates you are and how regular/long your cycles are.

I have regular 28 day cycles, I was certain of my dates. I've had scans at around 6.5weeks each time & had a clear heartbeat on an abdominal scan.

#7 Soontobegran

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

Whilst I know the waiting is awful I think that it is a good idea for all the reasons the PP have given.
Lots of good luck.

#8 my4beautifulboys

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

Thankyou for youre best wishes. I know it is hard waiting and not knowing. But i feel i should perhaps wait, even though i know the exact date of my Lmp, it also does depend on when I O'ed, and i think that was later in the 24 day cycle, as i got my Bfp quite a few days after my Af was due. So that would also make a difference to my dates.

I m just hoping everything is alright this time. I know that if i had an early scan and they couldnt see anything, i think i would be more worried than not knowing!

My previous 3 m/c were at 10 weeks, 11 1/2 weeks and 6 weeks.

Edited by my3beautifulboys, 20 February 2013 - 06:10 PM.

#9 Roobear

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

I saw early heartbeats with both DD and DS (5w5d & 5w3d) but it wasn't intentional and I was meant to be 7 weeks each time. I would wait if you can because I was very lucky to see heartbeats when I did and I can imagine the stress and worry I would have felt if I had seen nothing.

#10 Rolex

Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

I did see a HB with DS#2 at 6w0d but it was very slow, and it was an anxious 2 weeks before the next scan to check again.  Thankfully all was good.

I know exactly how you're feeling.  This pregnancy is after 3 consecutive m/c as well.  I had my viability scan at 7w2d by LMP, the scan put my dates back to 6w4d.  HR was 139bpm at that point.  I still didn't really believe it was going to happen this time until my NT scan at 13w.

All the best, it is such a stressful time, but I truly hope all is well for you this time original.gif

#11 Guest_Lilybird_*

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:50 AM

My Ob has referred me for a 7 week scan because he thinks I'm a worrier  rolleyes.gif But he did say to me to NOT get tempted to book in earlier than 7 weeks. I ended up booking for 8.5 weeks, as the ultrasound lady said by that time I could expect pretty clear results.

I was doing a lot of reading last week on really early scans (e.g 4-5 weeks) and found so many posts saying they went for an ultrasound and saw nothing!So sounds like it is completely normal.

#12 Missy Shelby

Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:01 AM

OP even though I know waiting is hard because you are so excited and anxious at the same time (I am exactly like that as well) I think it is best to wait so you can see a strong heart beat etc and there will be not added stress to your pregnancy.

Good luck original.gif

#13 my4beautifulboys

Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:13 PM

Thankyou, ive booked in for my scan at 8 1/2 weeks, so all being well, i ll be able to know if all is fine by then, and hopefully see a little heartbeat! I really think it would cause unnecessary worry if i went earlier and the sonoggrapher couldnt see anything. I think where we are as well, that the equipment isnt really modern and its not a private clinic.

Best wishes to you all

#14 Wywy'sMum

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

I just wanted to say I hope you see a beautiful strong heart beat! Good luck

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