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September 27th, 2006, 03:08 PM
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So, how early does the heartbeat show up on an ultrasound?
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September 27th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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I belive it can show up at 6 weeks. I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks 3 days with my first pregnancy and the heartbeat did show on the ultrasound.
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September 27th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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hmm.. the earliest I had a u/s was just at 6 weeks, and they saw one then.
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September 27th, 2006, 05:16 PM
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I had one at 6 weeks also with Baby Pea Pod. He didnt do one at 3 weeks cause you cant see anything that early and he said it would just scare me.
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September 27th, 2006, 05:53 PM
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Yeah, around 6 weeks. It's around 5 that the heart tube actually starts beating, but it's different for every baby the exact time it starts - so 6 is a good mark, HOWEVER, if it is an old u/s, or they don't do an internal, it is possible for the h/b to be there, and not see it/hear it.
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September 27th, 2006, 05:56 PM
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My Dr's office always does an internal for the first appt. to set the due date. They usually wait until 10 weeks, but I'll get to go in earlier because of my loss, just for my peace of mind. But I don't want to go in before we can see the heartbeat. So I was just wondering when I should plan on having my first appt. be (assuming I get pg this cycle. I find comfort in planning things...)
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September 28th, 2006, 03:14 AM
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I believe that 6-7w is most common to be able to see the heartbeat...... I have read in a few places the heart starts beating around 5w4d...

it can be picked up easier on a vaginal ultrasound
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September 28th, 2006, 05:10 AM
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I was about 6 weeks 1 day at my first internal u/s and we were able to see the hb on the screen.
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September 28th, 2006, 07:32 AM
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I've had 3 u/s with this one so far.
* First at 5w4d: saw gestational sac and yolk sac
* Second at 6w4d: saw gestational sac, yolk sac, fetal pole, and saw/heard h/b (130)
* Third at 8w5d: saw gestational sac, yolk sac, baby, and saw/heard h/b (179)

My doc said that during the 8th week there are things they can check/measure to identify possible m/c. He said if everything looks good at this appointment then m/c chances are significantly reduced (though he didn't give me a specific percent).

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September 28th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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My last dr said a heartbeat can show up anytime between 5-7 weeks.
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September 28th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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My Dr's office always does an internal for the first appt. to set the due date. They usually wait until 10 weeks, but I'll get to go in earlier because of my loss, just for my peace of mind. But I don't want to go in before we can see the heartbeat. So I was just wondering when I should plan on having my first appt. be (assuming I get pg this cycle. I find comfort in planning things...)[/b]
With my first pg (the one that ended in loss) I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks 3 days for dating purposes and there was a heartbeat. With this pg, I was also offered an early ultrasound for peace of mind and I asked my doctor when she would recommend it. She said 10 weeks - according to her a good 10 week u/s is a excellent predictor of viability but a 6 week us is just not that informative.
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