Early Ultrasound Results

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I had my first ultrasound today. I'm not sure how pregnant I am. My last period was Nov 5th, but I have 35 day cycles, so I'm roughly 5 weeks. The doctor saw the gestational sac, but nothing else during today's sonogram.

Should I be concerned we didn't see a yolk sac or a baby at this stage? I'm a first time mom and very anxious.

Thanks.

ANSWER

It is possible that the pregnancy is perfectly normal, especially if the dates are uncertain. I'm assuming that they have scheduled a second ultrasound in about 2 weeks, which will tell for sure. Meanwhile, you can request serial hCGs to verify that the pregnancy seems to be progressing normally. Good luck, and congratulations!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.