You might also be able to tell if you have multiple babies in there.
The ultrasound can confirm that everything is healthy and progressing as it should be.
If a full diagnostic ultrasound would be more appropriate for your situation, because you’re further along in your pregnancy or experiencing medical problems, our staff will be happy to refer you to an OB-GYN who can offer that instead.
 About 2% of pregnancies implant in the fallopian tubes, where the embryo cannot safely continue to develop and the mother’s life may be threatened without medical intervention.
They say you can't see anything, but we saw a little bubble, and that was more than nothing to my husband and I.
Then for good measure he did one a week later, at seven weeks, and we saw the heartbeat. I am 16 weeks and next month is a big one, we should be able to see the gender. He was kicking and moving all over the place and even got the hiccups while we were watching him. I'm dying to spread the news, but don't want to do so until the first ultrasound, which I THOUGHT was at 8 weeks. My doctor does a vaginal ultrasound your first visit to date pregnancy and if you can't see the heartbeat she will repeat it in 2 weeks.... and your done until you deliver unless there is a complication....
A vaginal ultrasound could also be done, based on how many weeks pregnant you are.
For those who are going to get an early ultrasound, you may wonder what happens at 8 week ultrasound and how your baby is developing at this stage.
Fortunately, the later the pregnancy progresses, the less likely the doctor will be to want you to have a full bladder at the time of the ultrasound.
Some ultrasounds might be performed for other reasons; here are a few of them: How it is done: Sometimes the ultrasound is done with the wand across your belly, as explained above. In that case, a vaginal probe can be used to conduct the ultrasound. It is performed with a small wand that is placed in the vagina and pressed against the cervix in order to get a picture from that direction.
Just as with the other method, the ultrasound is not dangerous and does not hurt, though you might feel some pressure.
If you do it any sooner, you may miss problems that haven't developed yet. Around week 8, your baby should show on the screen. I have an appointment with my doctor this Monday and I hope to see a sac...
Blue Ridge Women’s Center can provide limited obstetrical ultrasound for these purposes—free of charge—if you have a positive pregnancy test at the Center and are 8 weeks pregnant.
A strong fetal heartbeat should be clear on the ultrasound, and the heart rate should reach between 140 and 170 beats per minute by the 9 week of gestation.