You might be feeling a bit apprehensive about your 6 Weeks Ultrasound scan , you may be wondering if possible you can see your baby and how will it appear on the ultrasound screen?
The 6 Weeks Ultrasound is an important milestone in pregnancy. This is when you will be able to see your baby for the first time and find out if everything is developing as it should be.
Don’t worry, I will explain it in detail:
The 6 Weeks Ultrasound is a special type of ultrasound that is performed early in pregnancy. Doing ultrasound at 6 weeks of pregnancy confirm your pregnancy.
What will be detected in the 6 Weeks ultrasound scan is the baby gestational sac that houses the developing baby, the baby’s yolk sac may be seen as well. Baby’s yolk sac is what baby is feeding upon inside
Doing ultrasound scan during this stage will enable doctor to know if your baby is locating at the right place of your
womb. ( e.g to rule out ectopic pregnancy).
Ultrasound Image showing early pregnancy at 6 weeks of the pregnancy
Remember , there are two types of pregnancy ultrasound scan :
- Transabdominal (TAS)
- Transvaginal (TVS)
In Transabdominal scans(TAS), the scan is performed by placing an Ultrasound transducer or probe on the abdomen and moving it around to create images of the developing baby and the surrounding structures.As the ultrasound probe is moving across your abdomen the image of your womb and surrounding organs will be also seen including your developing baby in your womb.
In Transvaginal (TVS), the scan is performed using a small, hand-held probe that is inserted into the vagina. This type of scan is generally used to assess the the womb so as to obtain images of the baby during early pregnancy.
Transabdominal (TAS) VS Transvaginal (TVS)
Both of them serve same purpose. The only difference is that Abdominal scan can detect pregnancy around 6 weeks above and Transvaginal scan can detect it from 4 to 5 weeks above.
If the doctor that scan you does not see the baby inside the gestational sac, he or she may ask you to come back for rescan to confirm the baby visibility inside your womb.
What are the purpose of the 6-week ultrasound.
The ultrasound is used to check the baby’s development and to look for any abnormalities at earliest stage of the pregnancy.
The 6-week ultrasound is usually done vaginally, but it can also be done abdominally. This ultrasound is generally well tolerated by patients.
During the ultrasound, the doctor will look at the baby’s heartbeat, as well as the baby’s size and development. The doctor will also look for any abnormalities in the baby’s development.
After the ultrasound, the doctor will discuss the results with you and provide you with information on what to expect during the remainder of your pregnancy.
How to prepare for the 6-week ultrasound
There are a few things you can do to prepare for your ultrasound. Firstly, make sure you drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the scan. This will help to fill your bladder, which will make it easier to see your baby on the screen.
Secondly, try to wear loose-fitting clothing to your ultrasound so that you can easily take it off when required. You may also be asked to remove any jewelry that you are wearing, so it is best to leave these items at home.
Finally, make sure you allow plenty of time for the ultrasound. It is important not to rush this experience as it can be quite emotional.
If you have any questions or concerns about your six-week ultrasound, speak to your doctor or midwife. They will be able to offer guidance and support OR click here to ask question.