8-11 Week Visit
What to expect at your visit:
At every visit the baby's growth and heartbeat are assessed. At this stage in the pregnancy, the baby is very small and these two tasks are difficult. The best way to evaluate the baby early in pregnancy is with ultrasound. Since the embryo is very tiny, the ultrasound is usually done vaginally. This allows us to make important checks, such as the number of embryos, the position of the embryo, whether it is in the uterus and not in the tubes or elsewhere, and sometimes even see a heart beat. The heart beat is the most reassuring sign that you're not going to have a miscarriage. We also perform the ultrasound to measure the size of the baby and the baby's heartbeat. You can usually hear the heartbeat during this visit. A baby's heartbeat is about twice as fast as an adult, normally 110 to 160 beats per minute, and at this early stage can be even faster. Before you leave your this visit, we draw a small sample of blood. For this visit you should plan on being at our office for up to two hours.
The biggest hurdle at this point in your pregnancy is nausea, usually referred to as morning sickness. This term is not wholly accurate since the nausea can occur at any time of the day or night, and in some pregnancies, all the time. You may also feel some mild menstrual type cramps as the uterus begins to stretch and grow.