The purpose of a 9 week ultrasound
If this is your first ultrasound, it will give you the opportunity to accurately determine your due date. Especially if you haven’t tracked when your LMP was.
Knowing how far along you are in your pregnancy is important. At some point between 11 and 13 weeks your healthcare professional will suggest conducting a nuchal translucency (NT) scan. This scan tests for Down syndrome and for accurate results, you need to know how far along you are.
If you have miscarried a previous pregnancy or experienced some level of vaginal bleeding over the last 9 weeks, you may also be offered an ultrasound. This scan can confirm whether your pregnancy is progressing healthily.
What to expect during your 9 week ultrasound
At 9 weeks, you will be able to see your baby's head, body, and limbs. You will also be able to hear your little one's heartbeat for the first time with a Doppler monitor. Bring some tissues with you; this can be a very emotional moment.
It's also important to understand that miscarrying during the first 3 months of pregnancy is quite common.
If your ultrasound shows that your baby is growing slowly or has a lower-than-average heartbeat, your chances of miscarrying are high. If you have been experiencing pain or vaginal bleeding, you might be somewhat prepared for this news.
Your baby at 9 weeks
Your little one's eyes will have grown larger and even have some color, but their eyelids will still be fused shut. Your ultrasound may be able to show you the beginnings of what will be your little one's fingers and toes, too.
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.