6 week early scan and no heartbeat?

Hi All, Can anyone ease my mind a little? I had an early scan this week, I am about 6 weeks but unsure of exact dates as yet. The scan showed no heartbeat or fetal poles visible. I've to back next week to see if anything has changed. I took another test and I am still testing positive and have had no bleeding or anything. I also still have all the usual symptoms. My midwife said it may just be too early to see anything? Has this happened to anyone else?

Please help!!

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  • I was 6+4 when I had an early scan because of bleeding. They saw no fetal pole, just sac and yolk. One terrifying week later after being convinced it was all over they found a healthy strong heartbeat. GP signed me off work for the week to relax as I was in such a panic. Try to stay positive, I googled it and apparently its pretty common. X

  • Thanks so much for this! My clinic were very matter of fact that it was probably all over - 90% they said. It was the midwife who gave me a little more hope. I'm just trying to not to get my hopes up too much. Like so many others here, they have been smashed to smithereens to often. xx

  • mine said exactly the same. We were all convinced it was all over and the clinic were talking us through what could have gone wrong. There were lots of tears all round the following week x

  • Hello!

    I can't give you any positive outcome! But I had an early scan today and had the same, I'm 5weeks 3 days and couldn't see a heartbeat but they did say they could see a fetal pole. I also had a bleed showing next to the sac! I also have another scan booked at my clinic next week so we will see from there. Did they give you any measurements? Good luck all the best xx

  • no, they couldn't see anything - said it could be a miscarriage but have to have this impossible wait to find out.

  • Hello dear. . The baby's heart begins to form in the 5th week of pregnancy. The baby's heartbeat can be seen on ultrasound from the 6th week of pregnancy and can be heard between the 8th and 10th weeks with a device called doppler that amplifies the sounds. So it is very likely that you can hear it next week.

    I wish you the best with your pregnancy and that everything goes well with you and the baby. Good luck.

  • Thanks so much, it's a really horrible wait. xx

  • I imagine that if it is (I have not yet got pregnant, I am still trying IVF treatment. It has cost me a little but I am still trying). Be with that expectation. But it must also be wonderful to have a life within you. When you listen to your baby for the first time, try recording that moment or taking some pictures (Tell someone to do it for you). Some parents do. It's not something everyday. And it is a nice memory for when your baby grows. I wish the best to both of you and that everything goes well. I hope to read you soon.

  • My clinic told me that you can usually start to see the heartbeat from 7 weeks and whilst you can sometimes see it earlier it's common not to be able to. Fingers crossed it was just too early for you to see anything.

  • Thanks for your reply. This forum really does help. Just got the wait to contend with! xx

  • Unfortunately they have confirmed a missed miscarriage. Its so unfair, I still feel pregnant and this scan saw the sac and yolk sac so I was sure that something was developing. However, the doc said development stopped around 5 weeks. Have to go in this week for the evacuation procedure. I also have to have another scan beforehand. I'm so confused, why are they doing this? feel hopeless. xxxxx

  • Im so sorry that you've had this confirmed, so unfair!xx

  • So sorry to hear this. Life can be so cruel sometimes! Look after yourself x

  • I’m so sorry. I didn’t see this earlier. I’ve had two missed miscarriages in the last 6 months. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. Sorry for your loss xx

  • Hi There, Thanks for your reply. I'm still in denial a bit, I think. I keep thinking that when I go for the scan next week the baby will be there. At the last one, although they confirmed MMC, they said the sac was still growing. I just feel so confused. I have had a little bleeding, only when I wipe and brownish in colour, no pain. Trying to think of the future but really worried that we'll never get there. I can't think about anything else. Have been going around with headphones on constantly to force something else into my brain.

  • I feel for you I really do. It’s awful, it’s like being stuck in limbo. I wish I could help more xx

  • I know, and I'm 42 now so time is marching on, it's literally all I think about. I am a teacher in a primary school and am so far behind in my work its becoming a worry. x

  • It’s all I think about too.. I really hope it’s your time soon xx

  • You too, this really helps. I hate talking to my husband about it all the time as I feel I'm just bringing us both down. Take care and good luck xxx

  • Remember the days before ttc? Before it was all consuming? I miss those days.

    We’re always here for you xx

  • I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. Thinking about you. Xx

  • I'm so sorry, there are no words that will help right now xx I had a mmc in may and they had to do two scans a few days apart to confirm everything, which sucks (understatement I know). Again I'm so sorry, take care of yourself xxxxx

  • I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking of you over the next few days.

  • So sorry to hear this xxx

  • No words of wisdom to add I'm afraid as I've never made it to this stage myself but sending lots of positive thoughts and good wishes your way x

  • Hi there I'm exactly just been for a 6 week scan and seen sac and yolk and nothing else. They seemed to think it was too early so trying not to worry x

  • I don't remember them saying anything about yolk, just the sac. They didn't sound hopeful at all, so depressed xxxx

  • Hi cazzie

    Hope you are doing ok and sorry to hear your news. Xxx

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