Before 5 weeks gestation, the developing pregnancy is too small to detect on ultrasound.
We usually get better images during transabdominal ultrasound if the bladder is partially filled, so to help your examination we ask you to drink water prior to the assessment.
Please empty your bladder 1 hour before your appointment, drink 2 glasses of water and try not to empty your bladder again until after your appointment.
The corpus luteum will gradually resolve (get smaller) as the pregnancy continues.
At 5-6 weeks gestation, a small gestation (pregnancy) sac is seen within the uterus.
Your ultrasound is always performed in the context of your clinical history and the results of previous ultrasounds and investigations.
Your baby will change dramatically in appearance during this early part of the pregnancy.Transvaginal ultrasound usually produces better and clearer images of the female pelvic organs including the developing pregnancy, because the ultrasound probe lies closer to these structures.The transvaginal ultrasound probe is thin, about 2cm diameter.A small amount of ultrasound gel is put on the skin of the lower abdomen, with the ultrasound probe then scanning through this gel.The gel helps improve contact between the probe and your skin. It involves scanning with the ultrasound probe lying in the vagina.If your bladder is very full and painful, you should empty a small amount so you are more comfortable.