Those first appointments during pregnancy might feel unreal, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Those initial sessions are usually intended to establish a baseline understanding of your health prior to conception and to ensure that everything is progressing normally.
The 8-week ultrasound is a significant milestone. So, why are you having an ultrasound so early in your pregnancy, and what should you expect at your 8-week ultrasound? We’ll address all of your concerns.
What happens during the 8th week of pregnancy?
Your baby will be very busy during the first trimester. All of their body’s essential building blocks are being formed at this time. The foetus is the size of a kidney bean at 8 weeks and might be half an inch long. They still don’t look like a bundle of joy you’ll bring into this world, but they do appear to be more human and less alien.
They now have arm and leg buds, as well as fingers and toes, despite being webbed. Other vital bodily structures, such as muscles, bones, and skin, are also forming, albeit their skin is still translucent. They’re busy little creatures right now, constantly moving!
Why Should You Get an Ultrasound at 8th Weeks?
An ultrasound isn’t required at eight weeks. However, your gynaecologist may recommend a scan to monitor the health of your foetus. This ultrasonic scan could be done for a variety of reasons:
- To gain an idea of your baby’s gestational age.
- To determine the source of any bleeding.
- To determine if there are numerous pregnancies.
- To see if your child has a heartbeat.
- To determine the embryo’s size.
- To examine the health of the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- To rule out any problems, such as an ectopic pregnancy.
What can be the expectations for your first ultrasound?
During your 7th or 8th week of pregnancy, your foetus is just about two cm long. To get a good image of your uterus and foetus, the 7-week ultrasound is done transvaginally. This implies that the ultrasound is done on the inside, or “through the vaginal canal.” Although a transvaginal ultrasound can be uncomfortable, it is painless. Most people believe it is less invasive than a gynaecological exam using a speculum.
To perform this ultrasound, your OBGYN will insert a narrow ultrasound stick gently just into your vagina. The transvaginal ultrasonography stick is also known as a transducer. It’s about the size of a tampon and has a diameter of three centimetres. It will be protected by a condom and lubricant. Your kid will be safe because the transducer will not reach your cervix.
It’s possible that you’ll be asked to come to your first ultrasound having a completely full bladder. Your uterus will be in a proper position for the ultrasound if your bladder is full.
When you discover you’re pregnant (through a pregnancy test), you should contact a doctor or a healthcare specialist to find out when you should come in for an evaluation and ultrasound. This is done to confirm your pregnancy, confirm your due date, and make sure your baby — or babies — have a healthy heartbeat.