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should I see a heartbeat?

Hi, I am 41 years old and went in for my annual exam last week.  And boy was I blown away.  I am pregnant.  I have been trying to get pregnant for 10 years now.  We had just come to accept that I would not get pregnant.  I don't know how far along I am.  My cycles are very irregular.  I had my second ultra sound today and still no heartbeat visible.  We are thinking I am around 6 weeks pregnant,  Of course I did not even document my last cycle since I really was not concerned about getting pg, and since I am so irregular it never helped me plan.  I have been pregnant once before 14 years ago, and gave birth early and she passed away at 4 month old.  I would be incredibly excited if this were a viable pregnancy, but since we are not seeing a heartbeat I don't know.  I am getting very stressed about this.  When should I see a heartbeat, and at what point do I give up hope?????
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377493 tn?1356502149
Typically the heartbeat starts between 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 weeks. Often it is only visible by transvaginal ultrasound.  At this stage it would not be abnormal to only see a sac.  From the size of the sac they should be able to take a pretty educated guess as to how far along you are. This whole process can be so stressful, I know.  But unfortunately all you can do at this point is wait and see.  The next ultrasound should give you your answers.  I wish you well and please let us know how you are doing.
1369359 tn?1314451884
You start hearing a heartbeat at like six weeks.  Maybe your not six weeks yet. Dont give up hope and dont stress b/c of course you know thats not good. Congratulations this is some exciting news. Just sit back and enjoy your pregnancy!!!
796867 tn?1255206807
6 weeks might be too early to see a hearbeat. Have you had a blood hCG test done yet? They basically take two blood draws 48 hours apart. If the amount of hCG doubles in that time, that generally means the baby is growing - it might be a more affirmative test at this point than an ultrasound. Congrats and good luck to you!
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