S.S. asks from Wilmington, NC on April 23, 2008
I went to my OB yesterday and she estimated from my ultrasound that I am 5 weeks and 6 days. My husband and I were so excited to hear a heartbeat but there was none, and we couldn't see the baby. The doctor said that the gestational sac looked great and everything seemed to be developing fine but she wants me to come back next Thursday for another ultrasound to make sure everything was developing and if not then we should worry. She told me about how 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage and that at this point there was no cause to worry and we will see next week. On top of this I have a tooth that needs to be pulled and is causing me much pain but even though the doctor said that Novacaine is fine to take that I shouldn't until after my next ultrasound to give me peace of mind. The doctor prescribed me vicodin for the pain and yet even though they say that it is okay and will not harm the baby that concerns me as well. So I am now worried about the baby, even though I know I should not be, and my tooth is killing me. Any advice would be helpful. Should I be concerned about not seeing the baby? I wish they would have done the vaginal insertion ultrasound but they did not, so now what?
So What Happened?™
Thank you to everyone who responded. I went to the doctor today and saw the heartbeat!!! I am so excited, it was only at 90 but the doctor said that was fine it was just at the low range! I am still happy! Thanks!
T. answers from Chattanooga on April 23, 2008
Try not to worry too much. At this stage the baby just looks like a peanut or a bean or something. It doesn't really look like a baby yet. If I remember right, it is still too early to see the heartbeat. Everything is just too small. Good luck.
G.S. answers from Charlotte on April 23, 2008
I went for a vaginal ultrasound at 7 weeks and we could barely SEE the heart beating. We couldn't hear it until my 12 week US. DO NOT be concerned about not seeing the baby because that concern is just going to tie you up in knots inside. (Of course, this is easier said than done!) There is nothing you can do right now but stay positive and relax.
Maybe you could try some orajel or maybe there is a natural option that is safe during pregnancy as well. At least something to take the edge off.
I swear you never need a drink more than when you are pregnant! And yet you can't have it!
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I.N. answers from Raleigh on April 23, 2008
Congratulations! At this point there is not much baby to see, so don't worry about that at all. You're not going to hear a heartbeat yet as the equipment can't pick it up yet. Remember that week counting goes by when your last cycle was, so the (future) baby has probably only been growing 3-4 weeks. I'd probably stay off the vicodin but get the tooth pulled. A local anesthetic should have less effect than a general painkiller. You have a long ways to go, so be patient. And I might wonder about getting a new OB. One that gives you stats on miscarriages seems kind of depressing.
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H.K. answers from Huntington on April 23, 2008
B.M. answers from Johnson City on April 24, 2008
Go ahead and fix the tooth and take a vicodin. Both are absolutely safe-trust me! Its much better for you to relax and get this taken care of than to be in pain causing additional stress on you.
And try not to worry about the ultrasound. You really cant see much at this stage, healthy or otherwise. By next week you will see a wee bean looking thing with a little white thump thump thump in the middle, that's the heart. Its amazing how quickly they grow :D.
S.J. answers from Charlotte on April 23, 2008
It's not unusual for the things you said to occur. The baby is still so tiny. I had problems with my first two pregnancies. The heartbeat was too low and the baby didn't develop. I was surprised how common miscarriage really was. I never knew of anyone who had had one, then, after I lost the baby, I found out that almost everyone I knew (or their sibling) had had one. By this time next week, you will probably know that everyting is fine. As so many others have said, it's so early and it's pretty average. I would get my tooth taken care of because the pain is causing strain on your body and there is no reason for it. Many dentists now use a different drug that's even less taxing on your body than novacaine.
Good luck and Congratulations!!
D.P. answers from Raleigh on April 24, 2008
I had a nonvaginal ultrasound when I was 7 1/2 weeks pregnant due to a car accident. There wasn't a lot there to see then (I really had to strain to see anything and then I wasn't even sure what I was looking at), so there is probably even less at 5 1/2 weeks. It is still very early. Don't worry too much. Easier said than done, right? :)
R.S. answers from Huntington on April 23, 2008
I'd probably go with the local and have the novacaine in stead of the vicoden. And you really can't see much on an ultrasound until 8 weeks or so, and then it's not impressive. 12 weeks is better.
But remember, women didn't used to even know they were pregnant for sure until about 8 to 12 weeks, and now you find out so early. Lots of times a pregnancy ended in miscarriage before a woman was sure she was pregnant. Knowing so early is good so that you can be careful of your diet and things, but bad because there are more disappointments. So your doctor is right, though a little insensitive. I lost a baby at 20 weeks and my doctor just said "Oh, these things happen, go get pregnant again." I fired him.
So try not to worry this week, get your tooth taken care of, because infection from the tooth is worse for you than the novecaine, and you'll probably be fine. Also, remember that God knows what He is doing.
J.K. answers from Raleigh on April 23, 2008
Don't worry, (I know that's hard) but that early you cannot always hear a heartbeat. I took vicodin while pregnant with both of my kids for knee pain, knee surgery and toothaches while pregnant. I had an 8.9 lb girl and 9.10 lb boy. They were both very healthy.