What to Expect at Your First Ultrasound Appointment

So, you’ve peed on every brand of home pregnancy test at CVS, and it’s finally time for your first ultrasound. This appointment is usually scheduled around your eighth week of pregnancy. It will verify your pregnancy and, of course, give you a first look at your little one. Needless to say, it’s a big milestone for any mama-to-be! Here are a few things to expect:
 
1. It’s Not Quite What You See on TV
 
We generally associate the first ultrasound appointment to what we see on TV, which usually involves a pelvic ultrasound on the outside of mom’s belly. But at just 8 weeks, your baby is too small for this type of ultrasound, and your first appointment will actually involve a transvaginal ultrasound. This will involve a wand being (painlessly!) inserted into your vagina, so that the doctor can get a clear view of your fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, uterus, and, of course, the little jelly bean baby growing there. The idea of a transvaginal ultrasound may sound a bit daunting, but it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. It’s best to try and stay as relaxed as possible, and seeing your little one on the big screen will likely trump any lingering anxiety you may have about the ultrasound itself. 
 
2. You’ll Finally Get the Proof to Put Your Mind at Ease
 
That little plus sign on the stick can still leave room for doubt, no matter how many times you see it. We’ve all heard stories about false positives, and it’s easy to convince yourself not to get too excited yet. There is nothing like having undeniable proof that your baby is growing inside of you by seeing it on the screen and having a doctor confirm the news. Your first ultrasound will give you the validation that this is really happening, as well as the reassurance that everything is progressing normally. 
 
3. You’ll Walk Away Knowing A Lot About Your Baby
 
At this appointment, your doctor will be able to determine a number of important and exciting things about your baby. First, they will locate your baby to find exactly where the egg implanted itself in your uterus. This is important information to rule out abnormal implantations, such as ectopic or chemical pregnancies, and it is something your doctor will continue to monitor at future ultrasound appointments to assure that your pregnancy is progressing normally.
 
Your doctor will also verify the number of fetuses in your uterus. After all, twins, triplets (and even more!) are a possibility, and you’ll find out how many your family will be growing by at this appointment. 
 
Your baby’s heartbeat can be found as early as six or seven weeks, so your doctor will find it at your very first ultrasound. In fact, at every appointment in your pregnancy, you can expect your doctor to use a fetal doppler to listen to your baby’s heartbeat and check that it is beating within a healthy range. Your doctor should even be able to turn on the monitor’s sound so that you can hear it yourself. As you can imagine, this is a huge moment for expecting parents, and the sound of your baby’s heartbeat will likely become a comfort to you throughout your pregnancy. 
 
4. Hello Due Date
 
Using the date of your last period and your baby’s current measurements, your doctor will also estimate your first due date at this appointment. Though this due date will be reassessed as your pregnancy progresses and your baby is monitored, you’ll have a loose idea of when you’re meeting your little one. Having that date can make it feel even more real. Hello, baby! 
 
5. Your Very First Photo
 
At this stage, your baby will be about the size of a kidney bean or jelly bean. But it’ll be the cutest bean you’ve ever seen, and you’ll walk away with the photo to prove it! At this first ultrasound, you’ll get your very first ultrasound photo. Store all your ultrasound photos in your gallery on your Babyflix app so you can track your baby’s progress, and share the excitement with family and friends when the time is right.