Ultrasound 6 weeks dating pregnancy
A transvaginal ultrasound is usually required to see the baby at this stage of the pregnancy. Although the ultrasound may see your baby, it measures only a few millimetres long, and it is too early to always detect the baby’s heartbeat.
You should not be concerned if we cannot see the baby’s heartbeat at this early stage, as this can be normal.
Your ultrasound is always performed in the context of your clinical history and the results of previous ultrasounds and investigations.
Your baby will change dramatically in appearance during this early part of the pregnancy.
Sometimes the results of a first trimester scan may be inconclusive or uncertain, and need to be combined with your clinical history and blood tests (serum Bh CG).
Some women need to return for another ultrasound scan a few weeks later to assess the progress of the pregnancy, or they may require another blood test (serial serum Bh CG).
All transvaginal probes have been cleaned and sterilised according to recommended protocols.
If your bladder is very full and painful, you should empty a small amount so you are more comfortable.
You will be able to empty your bladder after the transabdominal ultrasound is completed and before the transvaginal ultrasound begins (if transvaginal ultrasound is required).
We usually get better images during transabdominal ultrasound if the bladder is partially filled, so to help your examination we ask you to drink water prior to the assessment.
Please empty your bladder 1 hour before your appointment, drink 2 glasses of water and try not to empty your bladder again until after your appointment.