6 Weeks and Two Days

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QUESTION

Dear Ms. Ultrasound,
This is me and my fiancé's first pregnancy.

We went to have an ultrasound done on Friday. My doctor told me that I was 6 weeks and two days along. We were able to see the sack and the baby. However, there wasn't a heart beat. My doctor told me not to worry and scheduled me to come back in a month.

Should I be worried that I may have miscarried? Please tell me what you think from your experience.

Thanks

ANSWER

Hello
Anytime a fetal pole (the baby) is seen on an ultrasound, a fetal heartbeat must be seen. If there is no heartbeat in a fetal pole the pregnancy is not viable. Because your doctor was not worried, it makes me think that maybe he saw a gestational sac and a yolk sac instead of the baby. This would warrant a waiting period like a month before doing a second ultrasound. During the month the baby should be growing if all is OK with the pregnancy. The second ultrasound will make a determination of viability. There will be a heartbeat on the next ultrasound if the baby has grown.

With Regards,
-- Jane RDMS