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is it normal for the baby not to appear on an ultrasound in early pregnancy?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: A transvaginal ultrasound can usually identify a gestational sac by 5 menstrual weeks of pregnancy (3 weeks after conception), and by 6 weeks should be able to identify a fetus. If one is clearly past that gestational age failure to see a pregnancy may indicate a problem. It is helpful to coordinate with an HCG blood level. Your doctor can explain further during the ultrasound.
Dr. Emma Simpson
Radiology 45 years experience
How early?: A very early ultrasound will not show the baby. 5-6 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period is about the earliest time for the baby to be seen on ultrasound, and at that time it is just an embryo.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

Is Ultrasound in early pregnancy less than 5 weeks potentially harmful to baby?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Not a bit: very commonly done . safety well established.

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