Wondering what to expect at your 8 week ultrasound appointment? First of all, congrats mama on your pregnancy, yay! Now that the news have set it or not, still surprised? It’s time for your first prenatal visit! What to expect at your 8 week ultrasound appointment? A lot of exciting things.
Many doctors like to schedule your first prenatal appointment at your 8 week mark. This is because a fetus and heartbeat is usually confirmed and visible at this point. Earlier than that, you might not see a fetus or heartbeat yet.
How is baby growing at 8 weeks of pregnancy?
Baby ultrasound, what to expect with baby’s growth?
- Your baby’s size can resemble a bean or raspberry. I mean baby is pretty small. But, boy is baby growing fast!
- Baby’s arms and legs are starting to grow (yay!)
- Facial features are also starting to develop (nose, lips, ears)
- Baby’s digestive system is beginning to develop
Wow! So many things happening with your baby right now.
Eeven though people do not notice that you are pregnant yet, you will start noticing that your clothes are fitting more tighter. Hello maternity clothes!
What to expect at your 8 week ultrasound appointment
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Okay mama, here we go. What will happen when you go to your first prenatal checkup?
Starting from today on, you are going to provide a urine sample to your doctor. Right now at your 8 week prenatal appointment is to confirm that you are pregnant. After that, every appointment you have, a urine sample is taken to check the protein in your urine. Which may detect kidney problems, infection and beginning of preeclampsia.
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An ultrasound is done as well to measure your baby, gestational sac and make sure baby is growing healthy. This ultrasound can also give you your estimated due date, how exciting! Baby’s heartbeat can also be seen during your 8 week ultrasound appointment.
Surprise, you may have twins, triplets or more! On your 8 week pregnancy ultrasound, the technician may see and confirm that you are carrying multiples! Just letting you know girl!
4. Blood work
Hello blood work, sorry arm. Your doctor will want to have a full blood work exam done to check your blood type, iron deficiency, sexual transmitted disease, hepatitis B and more.
Now is the time to start getting into a prenatal class. Check out this free online prenatal class to start learning about birth!
5. Pap smear
At your first prenatal visit you will get a pap smear test done. I had it done with both of my pregnancies. To test any abnormal cells and make sure everything is normal down there. Very important to do.
6.Questions from your doctor
Your first prenatal appointment may be a long one. So expect about two hours or so to be at your doctors office. Your doctor will ask you some questions regarding your health history and pregnancy history. For example:
- Medications that you are taking
- Any health problems (thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure)
- Pregnancy history (ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages, abortion)
At this time, you will also have routine checkup/tests like checking your blood pressure, height and weight. Pretty standard but nonetheless important.
Okay mama, now may be the time to ask questions to your provider. Anything that’s on your mind, just ask or say. It’s important for you to feel comfortable and taken care of by your doctor. You guys have to click. Any questions about your pregnancy, baby and birth are all valid.
During your 8 week ultrasound appointment a lot of things are happening, with you and your growing baby. It’s such an exciting time in your life, so enjoy it and take it a day at a time.
I hope you got a glimpse of what to expect at your 8 week ultrasound appointment. Also known as your first prenatal visit. Good luck mama and congrats again 🙂