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Question: 6-7 weeks and ultra sound showed no movement or heartbeat
An_249159 posted:
I'm 42 years old and took a pregancy test yesterday it said I was pregnant. I managed to get in to the doctor right away who confirmed a pregnancy. I had an ultrasound today and because my periods are all over the place we guess-timated that I was around 6.5 weeks...but I never ovulate according to any timeline. The Ultrasound Tech. saw a sac and was having a hard time find anything in the sac but she did see a dot that she circled and she said that was the beginning of a baby.

When I brought the ultrasound sound results to the dr's office to make an appointment for a full checkup, the nurse took the ultrasound results and told me that the pregnancy was in all likelihood not viable because the ultrasound showed no movement or heart beat and she told me I would likely miscarry.

I'm a pretty even keel person and a age etc all are factors to consider but should I wait more time just in case? From what I've read some information suggests at 7 weeks there should be movement and others say 10 weeks.
Joel Bernstien, MD responded:
It is always tough on ONE assessment to make the call if a pregnancy is viable or not. If the "DOT" that they called the baby measured greater than 6 weeks, there should be fetal cardiac motion. It is never wrong to ask your provider for another look in a week or so. It is amazing how much a normal pregnancy grows early on in one week and you will know with certainty if it is normal or not.

Ask for another sono a week after the first!

--Dr B

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