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#1 bubbatime

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

Hi all,

Not sure if this is in the right section, but I had a 6 week u/s today (I am 6 wk exactly according to LMP) and there was only a sac in there, nothing else.

Just wondering if anyone else has had this happen and a few weeks later get a fetal pole with heartbeat etc.  U/S technician said that my dates might be out and I'm actually more like 5 weeks or something and I just need to wait.
I am so nervous and worried.  I don't want to hold out hope in case in a few weeks there is still nothing there and it will hurt even more.

Thanks for listening.

Edited by bubbatime, 28 March 2012 - 02:18 PM.


#2 White-Lily

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:15 PM

Did they do a transvaginal scan or just an abdo scan?

At 6 weeks bub is so small and the heart is only just (or jast about) to start beating. At this early stage a day or two can make all the difference between seeing and not seeing something.

At 7+3 I had an abdo scan done and while DH and the u/s tech could see bub (blob) with a tiny flicker all I could see was a blob.

When do they want you to go back? Can you get in sooner if the wait is like 2 weeks? What about bloods to check doubling times or something, just to give you some peace of mind in the meantime (bloods may or may not help but might give you a heads up)

I wouldn't give up hope. How was the sac measuring? They can normally tell if it seems to be forming correctly, ie: good shape etc.

Good luck, hope you get some answers soon.

#3 bubbatime

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:30 PM

They did a transvaginal scan as well and they could still only see the sac.  The tech said that it was measuring 5w5d.  She didn't mention if it was a good shape or anything but did say that I had a cyst on one of my ovaries which was a good sign in early pregnancy (??) and then she went on to mention a line she could see but didn't finish her sentence as to what the line might have been.

I read the letter that goes with the scan pics and it suggested another scan in 2-3 weeks to check for viability.  I guess time will tell.
I'm really scared to get my hopes up.

Thanks for replying White-Lily. original.gif

#4 bubbatime

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:31 PM

double post

Edited by bubbatime, 14 March 2012 - 04:32 PM.


#5 agnodice

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:36 PM

On my phone and can't write a long answer. Ultrasounds are highly operator dependent, and also dependent on where in your uterus the embryo has implanted and whether or not the uterus is retroverted or anteverted (flipped backwards or forwards - both are normal). Despite common myth, embryos also do not grow at the same rate as each other - whole dating is easier in first trimester and growth is more similar, it is absolutely not the same!!!

Put all this together, and any dating scan in first trimester, especially the earlier ones, routinely have error margins of two weeks either way! So you may be correct in your dates and just not see much for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with pregnancy loss/failure.

The embryo they couldn't see at six weeks is now 30 weeks on and violently kicking me in the kidney, and we are eagerly anticipating his arrival. The comments above are the result of the huge amount of research I did on this topic back then in scientific papers etc.

The only thing that will tell if his pregnancy is viable is time. I personally don't think routine dating scans should be offered until 8 weeks, because of the above errors (I had mine due to bleeding which is a different story) or it should only be done with proper counselling beforehand that it it likely to be absolutely normal to not see a baby/heartbeat - this question comes up often on EB and people are often worried because they have had an early dating scan and couldn't see anything.

So try to relax, and unless you have any outward signs of a miscarriage (bleeding, cramping etc) then try not to worry about the scan results. It is still early and scans are often imperfect!

#6 Spring Chickadee

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:37 PM

I had my first scan at 5w5d by LMP, but I actually ovulated late that cycle (which can be very common) so I knew I was only 5w. They only saw a sac which is spot on for when I ovulated.

Not all our cycles run like clockwork so measuring from LMP is very flawed, once you get your next scan you will probably be able to determine when you truly ovulated as it's likely you just ovulated later in your cycle.

Something you can do in the meantime to see if the pregnancy is progressing is to get a HCG reading, then repeat in 2 days. It should be rising and the level will also give you a vague (very) ballpark of where you may be at.

How many CD were you when you got your BFP and from how many CD were you testing?  What is your usual cycle length? Was there a concern that caused you to get an early scan?

ETA- also the day on which you implanted also effects how early you can begin to see things on an U/S. If implantation took a bit longer and ovulation was slightly late your dates could be a week off easily.

Edited by Spring Chickadee 2, 14 March 2012 - 04:39 PM.


#7 bubbatime

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:53 PM

Thanks for your replies.

I haven't had any outward signs of miscarriage.  And my Dr and I decided to have an early scan because I am very very anxious about this pregnancy.  I have no idea why, I just feel worried.  This hasnt helped though!!! Lol.

I don't actually know when I ovulate and Dh and I just DTD around the middle of the month a lot more. I thought I may have missed the boat this month as I guessed I ovulated while we were apart for the weekend.


I guess if implantation took an extra day or something and I ovulated late I could easily be almost a week out from the LMP dates.  I'm starting to feel much better about it all.  

Thank you so much ladies!!! You have put my mind at ease a bit.  now I just have to wait 2 weeks and get another scan, hopefully with a bit more of a straightforward outcome. original.gif

#8 Stephvfr

Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:09 PM

I had my scan yesterday and I was 8 days behind from my LMP so at 6 weeks that might have made me 4w 6days, give it a week or 2 and try again

#9 AryaStar

Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:53 PM

QUOTE (MsN @ 14/03/2012, 05:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The only thing that will tell if his pregnancy is viable is time. I personally don't think routine dating scans should be offered until 8 weeks, because of the above errors (I had mine due to bleeding which is a different story) or it should only be done with proper counselling beforehand that it it likely to be absolutely normal to not see a baby/heartbeat - this question comes up often on EB and people are often worried because they have had an early dating scan and couldn't see anything.


I can't agree with this more.

Given your reasons for wanting one I think your doctor was crazy to refer you for such an early scan and should have counselled you to hold out for another week or two.

I hope the next two weeks goes fast for you and everything goes well.  original.gif



#10 bubbatime

Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:01 PM

I have been googling as well, I know, iknow!! But I have come across lots of info and other forums where people have said the same thing happened to them and a week or two later there was a hb etc.

Time to stress less!  I am starting to really relax about it all. Only time will tell and in the end I can't do anything to change what will or will not happen.

You have all helped me get a bit of a grip on reality.  Will let you all know what happens in 2 weeks. original.gif

#11 bubbatime

Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:17 PM

Went back for my scan today and there was a baby in there with a strong heartbeat.  Obviously I was too eager and put myself through extra worry for nothing!

They put me at 7w1d which is almost a full week behind according to my LMP, but hey, i got good news so I'm over the moon!

Thanks everyone for your encouraging words. original.gif

#12 nessrose

Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:57 PM

That's awesome news.

Congratulations and best of luck for your pregnancy.  original.gif

#13 White-Lily

Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:18 PM

Great news OP. Best of luck for the rest of your pregnancy

#14 Stephvfr

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:04 PM

Thats awesome news!!! Congrats!!!


#15 Natttmumm

Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:37 PM

Good news. I'm 5 weeks  and going for a scan tomorrow. Doc old me not to expect much except to confirm whether preg is in the right spot.

#16 chic mummy

Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:49 PM

congratulations bubbatime biggrin.gif

#17 4WD_Baby#1

Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:59 PM

Yep happened to me, i had two sacs found at 6 weeks and i went back three weeks later and tgey found one very healthy baby with good heart beat. Please do not worry okay. By 8 weeks they can tell if theres a baby or not growing.




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