Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to have an ultrasound done so early. Maybe, just maybe, there is a reason that they typically don’t perform the first ultrasound until you are 6-8 weeks along.
I had my second ultrasound with my OB today at 5 weeks 1 day. She had said that she should typically see a sac and a yolk sac at this stage. What did we see on mine? 2 sacs, with what she thought was the start of a yolk sac on one. The other one was still too small and she couldn’t see the yolk sac inside at all. I asked her if it could still be too early and if she was concerned with what she saw. She said that she saw today what she was expecting to see last week (at 4 wks 1 day). Not concerned, but maybe just a bit behind where she expected me to be. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I had slow growing embryos and they took longer to finish developing and implant, maybe I am just slow to bake these lil’ rugrats, maybe this is not a viable pregnancy at all, or maybe it is really just still too early. I hope and pray that it is just too early. Please God, let these one or two little beans catch up! I can’t even imagine going through all this, finding out we are pregnant, only to find out a few weeks later that it’s not a viable pregnancy at all. I would die.
My OB scheduled a follow up ultrasound for 1/10 at 8:30 am. I will be 6 weeks 1 day then. At 6 weeks, you should typically see a heartbeat, however, since I seem to be about a week behind, she said that she will hope to see a clearly defined yolk sac inside the gestational sac (a circle inside a circle), which is what she expected to see today. And maybe, if we’re lucky, maybe even a fetal pole.
I am trying to hold onto the good news and not dwell on the what if’s. So hard to do! The good news is that my hCG numbers continue to rise and nearly double. Also, we saw more this ultrasound than the one performed last week, so that means there are changes going on and there is growth. Also, in all of our 3 miscarriages and 1 ectopic, we have never got this far. Sure, we have made it past 5 weeks before (6 weeks is the furthest), but we never even saw a sac with any of my pregnancies. I always ended up miscarrying either prior to my first appt, or nothing was seen at all at my first ultrasound appt. We have never been here before, never been this far where we actually see a sac (or possibly two) in the right place. I am holding onto this reality and hope that this IS our healthy pregnancy and we WILL have a healthy baby (or two) in 9 months.
Family & friends, please say some prayers that this baby (or babies) grow really big and strong over the next couple of weeks. Please pray that next weeks ultrasound will be reassuring and I can stop worrying and start enjoying being pregnant. Yeah right, not sure I will ever really be able to relax and enjoy this pregnancy…not until I finally have my baby safely in my arms.