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First Ultrasound

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I just had my first ultrasound and was so relieved that everything looked fine.   I am 9 weeks and 3 or 4 days, which is just what I expected given when my OPK said I ovulated, and the heartbeat is 173.  It was really surreal to watch the monitor and it felt in some strange way that it was happening to someone else's body.  To see the baby move and hear the heartbeat definitely makes this seem much more real.  I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and have to make some decisions about what sort of testing, if any, to do - CVS, AFP, amnio, etc, since I am 39.    

I attached a photo of the little bean spout.
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Congrats!!! Yes it is always so much different after you have an ultrasound...it does make it more real when you actually have a visual.  I have my first ultrasound next wednesday, I should be around 10 wks by then.  

In my personal opinion I'm not sure I would do any of the testing you mentioned.  At most I may do one...depends on if I had any other risk factors aside from age.  I know for some people they would prefer to know if they were having special needs child so they could prepare for it.  It's a very personal decision, I would definately research as much as you can about those tests BEFORE you talk to you doctor so you can make very informed decisions becuase each test does involve risk to you and the baby.  Good Luck!!!!!
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wow your 9wk scan pic looks so much different than my 8wk 6d and I was measuring 9wk 3d. Mine still looked like a blob and a little heartbeat in the middle. Yours you can actually see arm buds and the head and body separation.

I am having another ultrasound today at 10wks so hopefully I will get to see more than just a round blob.  I've had two ultrasounds already and both times I only got to see the heartbeat hopefully this time I can hear it.  

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To LosingMyMind - Thanks for the warm wishes and the advice about testing.  I have been doing heavy research.  I would only opt for one, if any at all.  Do you know of anyone who had a bad outcome because of early testing.

Bittny - keep in mind that ultrasound dating is not an exact dating.  if you were pretty sure when you got pregnant and were only 8 weeks then you were a whole week behind me when I had my ultrasound and a lot happens in a week!  It will be interesting to see what your next one looks like.  It's nice to see that you are finally with a doctor that you like.
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They said the baby measured 9wks 4days I'm positive on my dating maybe because he did an external ultrasound it looks different today at my 10 wk you could see so much more and this time it was an transvag u/s. It's so much clearer
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Congrats... Looking good... Can't wait till my  ultrasound on the 25... the waiting is killing me.
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Congrats... Looking good... Can't wait till my  ultrasound on the 25... the waiting is killing me.
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congrats on the healthy baby :)
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Your baby is adorable...I can't wait for the day to see a little one growing in me. I was told last Tuesday that my pregancy was viable (empty sac and very slow rising Hcg levels). But thanks to Jesus I have great peace about it. Seeing the ultrasound of your little one makes me excited for us to start trying again in May. God bless that little one growing in you and bless noloa0805 with a healthy pregancy, healthy delivery, and best part of all...healthy baby!!!!
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This is my first pregnancy and eveyone ive spoken to says that unless otherwise needed, ultrasounds are not done until 20 weeks, and every post ive read mothers are getting them around the time i should be, should i be talking to my doctor about getting one around now?
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Thank you so much for the kind words and prayers.  I am so very sorry to hear that you are going through this, but it is nice to see that your faith is strong and is helping you.  I am sending you tons of thoughts, prayers, and baby dust and have a feeling that sometime soon you will have your own ultrasound to marvel at.  Keep the faith, it can and will happen.
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Congrats on your first pregnancy. Where do you live?  I think ultrasound practices vary by country.  In the US it is common to have an ultrasound to date the pregnancy - this happens anywhere from 7 to 12 weeks and then there is another ultrasound at 20 weeks for an anatomy check of the baby. Some women may be get another one close to delivery as well.  Of course if there are any complications or concerns, women here get many many ultrasounds.  I know it is really hard to wait for that ultrasound as it is nice to be reassured that the baby is fine, but also keep in mind that the verdict is still out that multiple ultrasounds are safe.  Not to scare anyone about ultrasounds, as there are many healthy babies born when the mom gets a lot of ultrasounds and sometimes they are medically necessary. But unless necessary, I think that it is safer to have as few as needed.  So, there might be a positive to waiting until 20 weeks.
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Congrats on the ultrasound! I go in to get my first one on Monday and I'm super excited! I'll be 10w5d by then! <3
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Hi there

jmg1450. >sorry about your loss... I'm glad to see that we are helping in some way. Best of luck your are in my prayer and I'm sending you lots of baby bust......

Cherylsangel > Well I have heard that it isn't that good to have  a lot of ultrasounds. With my first child. I have complication with my gallbladder with her and they didn't know what was wrong until I finally had a stomach ultrasound instead of the baby once. I think that I had six.
Now with this baby. I have one at 8 weeks to see if I was having multiples. my second was on the 25 of feb. That one was to see if I had a high chances of Down syndrome. Unfortunately the baby didn't help the doctor and they couldn't measure the skin on the back of the neck. My third ultrasound is booked for April. I think this one will be my last last. Now I don't really know what this one is for but i say that it is to find out the sex. Haven't decided if I really want to know yet. It was kind of kool not knowing with my daughter.
Best of luck everyone....
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To cherylsangel, I know in BC Canada at least you get an ultrasound at about 11-12 weeks to test for dates, however I thought I was almost 11 weeks but discovered then I was only 9w2d! 9 days behind schedule lol. My next ultrasound won't be till 18 weeks then and there will be a few more after that.

That is so amazing to see that picture, reminds me of my ultrasound all over again, looks just like how my baby looked at that time! <3

Also as for testing, it's really up to you...I was debating getting the test for Down's done, however my doctor said unless it would cause an actual reaction (such as abortion) he advised against it because it can cause complications in the pregnancy, as well as with a lot of people it can still come out that there is like, a 2% chance or something that there baby has it, and then you spend your entire pregnancy worrying about this tiny "2%" lol.

But either way congratulations and best of luck to which ever you choose and best of health to you and your baby!
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