On Monday April 8th, we went back for a repeat ultrasound and finally there was a gestational sac and a yolk sac and believe it or not…a heartbeat!!!! We were shocked. The ultrasound nurse told us that probably the earliest any parent will hear their baby’s heartbeat. So though this little booger tortured us for about two weeks while we waited to confirm his/her existence, he/she surprised us with an early heartbeat!!! At this ultrasound, based on measurements of the yolk sac, they changed my due date forward one week, meaning I was back-dated from 6 weeks and 5 days to 5 weeks and 6 days based on the measurements. So that explains everything….why I only had a faint line when I took my first pregnancy test…because it was so early the test was detecting low hormone levels. Also clarifies why there was no gestational sac at the 4 week ultrasound, because I was only 3 weeks and you are not supposed to see a sac that early and lastly why my gestational sac was empty at my last ultrasound. It was all too early!!! Though I had kept close track of my periods and cycles, my cycles were still not consecutively every 28 days since being off birth control. So my estimated date of conception was actually about a week later than expected based on my last menstrual period (LMP), which threw all of my dating off. Now that we are on track, we can enjoy every second of this pregnancy to come. We are scheduled to see the OB in 4 weeks. During the first trimester, most OB’s will have you see them every 4 weeks to make sure everything stays on track. Can’t wait until our sequential ultrasound (first trimester ultrasound) on May 22nd, when I am twelve weeks along.
So far, the only pregnancy “symptoms” I’ve been having is occasional cramping in my lower abdomen, which basically feels like the cramps during your period. Most of the time, this is just the baby implanting itself in to the uterine wall. Also because of the rising hormone levels, my breasts are extremely sore. What symptoms did you have/are having in your early pregnancy days???