Entered your 7th week of pregnancy? Congratulations, you are moving past the first half of your 1st trimester. This might be the best time to go for an ultrasound scan and announce to the world about the good news. But some couples prefer to declare the grand event to friends and family at the earliest, whereas others wait till the end of the first trimester. It’s completely your choice!
Even if you don’t, more often the pregnancy symptoms like frequent urination and morning sickness will let the cat out of the bag. If you are eager to have a look at some external signs of pregnancy showing on your tummy, get ready to be disappointed. There is nothing much happening on that front as yet. Though your uterus has doubled up in its size by week 7, you cannot see any signs of growing uterus or baby from outside. All you can do is stand in front of the mirror and puff your tummy a bit to see how it will look in another few months time.
7th Week Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans: An Ov
When you are 7 weeks pregnant, having a scan is very essential. Check out our guide for your Ultrasound Scans:
1. Right Time for Ultrasound Scan:
The 7th week is considered to be an ideal time for getting your first ultrasound scan. The sonographer can do an accurate assessment of your pregnancy to predict gestational age of the embryo growing in your womb. At this stage the embryo is going through the defining characteristics of development which is unique to the specific week.
At fetal stage, it is not that easy to guess the gestational age of the fetus since by then, individual genetics would have taken over the growth which may differ from one individual to other. The early dating scan can get you the most accurate gestational period of your pregnancy. Apart from predicting the due date, a scan in 7th week of pregnancy can reveal certain things about your pregnancy which you should know. An ultrasound scan in early stage of pregnancy can
- Confirm your pregnancy
- Accurately predict the gestational age of the embryo
- Can identify source of blood loss in case it is present
- Confirms that your uterus , ovaries and fallopian tubes are in good shape
- Rules out ectopic pregnancy
- Checks out whether the embryo is having proper development and growth
- Allows you to see the heartbeat of your baby with high-resolution ultrasound scan where it is seen as a regular flutter in the embryo
Don’t let your expectations and hope run high, as there is very little you can see during the first early stages of pregnancy. The embryo and the pregnancy sac are too tiny to make any sense to your unprofessional eye.
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2. Types of Ultrasound Scan:
There are two types of ultrasound scan you can choose from at this stage. One is Transabdominal Ultrasound (TAU) and the other is Transvaginal Ultrasound (TVU).
Transabdominal ultrasound provides a panoramic and wide view of the abdomen and pelvis region. It is a noninvasive procedure which will be carried on by placing the sensor on your abdomen when your bladder is full.
On the other hand Transvaginal ultrasound provides a more limited but very accurate pelvic view as it is done through an insertion of a probe into the vagina. The heartbeat is more audible through this scan.
3. When Should You Opt For Dating Scan:
Some women may need a dating scan to predict their due date, though the accuracy of its prediction is always questionable. Only 5% of women deliver on their due dates. You should opt for a dating scan in case you face any of the following issues
- You have irregularity in your menstrual cycle.
- You cannot recall the exact date of your last normal menstrual period (LNMP).
- If you have conceived when you were breast feeding your first baby and hence not menstruating during that period.
- If you have stopped on birth control methods recently after planning for pregnancy.
- If you have conceived soon after a miscarriage.
- If there is any discrepancies in the date of your LMNP and the growth of your embryo.
Again this is the week when the early pregnancy symptoms occupy your mind most of the time. In the 6th week you have definitely experienced symptoms like
- Increased frequency of urination
- Fainting spells or dizziness
- Mood swings
- Concerns about your body
- Morning sickness
- This week we can have a look at some more symptoms of early pregnancy which last through the first trimester this week.
Check out what changes that occur in your body and 7 weeks pregnant symptoms and tips below:
a) Changes in Your Body:
You may have already finished your prenatal checkup which will rule out any abnormalities in your pregnancy or presence of STDs, anemia or rubella immunity to rule out any problems you may face in future.
It is also important to know your blood type and blood count, as pregnancy is a delicate period for you and this will come handy in emergencies.
Though on the outward you cannot see the changes, internally there is a lot that’s happening to your body. Your uterus has doubled in size by the 7th week. The one major change which will strike you is the growth of your breasts. The pregnancy hormones allow your breast to reach their maximum size.
Unfortunately they also make your breasts tender and sensitive. Your body cannot wait to breast-feed your baby; hence it is increasing the blood flow and building of fat in your breasts so that they will be ready for the little hungry mouth in 8 months time.