Dear Ms. Ultrasound,
I am 40 years old with 3 children already. I had a miscarriage almost a year ago, and now I'm 8 weeks pregnant.
I went last week to my ob-gyn and had the vaginal and the regular ultrasound but the Dr. couldn't find a heartbeat. Is this normal? Dr said that maybe is too early.
I haven't bleed or anything, but sometimes I feel like mild contractions, is that OK?
Hello, With a vaginal ultrasound, a heartbeat should be easily heard by 6 weeks. At 8 weeks a fetal pole that looks like a peanut with a good heartbeat should be very obvious. The only explanation for you is that your dates are off. This would explain the fact that the pregnancy did not measure 8 weeks.
-- Jane RDMS
Jane Foley has worked as a Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist) since 1979. Jane has lived and worked in many parts of the world including Saudi Arabia. She is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or RDMS. She pulls a wealth of information from her experience in the field of Radiology and her interactions with such a broad cross-section of cultures she has visited. She now makes her home on the island of Maui with her English husband, Michael.