During an early ultrasound, we can see if the baby has settled in the right place in the womb and/or the heart beats. After 5 weeks you can see if an amniotic sac has nested in the womb. After 5,5 weeks the heart starts to beat slowly and at 6 weeks it accelerates to an average of 170 sl/min. This is twice as fast than our heartbeat! After 6 weeks the baby still looks like a small bean, but from 8 weeks on, little arms and legs appear. At 10 weeks you often see the contours of the hands and feet! It is wonderful to see that your miracle is developing so quickly! Within 12 weeks the baby is completely ‘finished’ and it only needs to grow. Usually we make a vaginal ultrasound before the 10 weeks. This is not dangerous for you or the baby. It is nice if you come with an empty bladder because that way we can see the baby better.
AN EARLY ECHO TAKES PLACE BETWEEN 6 AND 10 WEEKS.
The echo takes about 15 minutes of your time. You will receive at least 2 black/white photos.
DID YOU KNOW?
- You can already have a positive ‘early’ pregnancy test up to 4 days before the expected menstrual date. If you want to know for certain whether the implantation has gone well, wait until the expected menstrual date or test with a ‘normal’ pregnancy test.
- Your child is only 3 millimetres small when the heart starts to beat.
Do you like to follow the development of your baby per week, you can also sign up for a special pregnancy app here.