IVF #1: Ultrasound #1, Kind Of Scary

I had my first ultrasound early this morning. My doctor actually did end up doing the scan, which was nice. The pregnancy is  definitely in the uterus. We saw a gestational sac and a yolk sac, which is all you can really see at this point. So that’s all good news.

But. And yes, there is a but, ugh. My doctor said the embryo had implanted “off to the left.” Ok, I was thinking this is no big deal. I mean, I’m sure an embryo doesn’t know that it needs to implant dead center, right? Then she went on to say that this meant that she’d “have to watch it” to see how it grows. When I asked her why, she said something about how the uterine wall is thinner there and, depending on how the embryo grows, there’s a chance the pregnancy could break through the uterus. Yeah, that’s not a terrifying image or anything. She didn’t seem too concerned about it, honestly. She said “in most cases, it’s fine.”

I, on the other hand, can’t stop thinking about it. Has anyone ever heard of this? I’m trying not to get too worked up, but I am scared.

39 thoughts on “IVF #1: Ultrasound #1, Kind Of Scary

  1. Not heard of this one but do try and take your que from the dr, if shes not worried then im sure its very very unlikely. In all my yrs ttc and reading about pg ive never heard of this happening so fc its extremely rare!

  2. that seems a little crazy… breaking through the uterus? tonibear is right though, if she’s not too concerned then don’t just add stress to your life by worrying. the reality is all you can do is watch it and see so it’s better for you and baby not stress.

  3. I swear they must feel that they haven’t done their job until they’ve found something to satisfy the “cautious but not overly concerned” box!

    1. You just made me laugh — thank you. You are so on the money with that one! I mean, I’m glad they’re being cautious and all, but maybe just stop a sec to think before speaking. Just one second, that’s all I ask of them!

  4. Ok firstly, young lady, you need to stop calling this ivf#1! Throw out all that negativity or doubt, regardless if it was intended or not! This is likely just another one of those things that screw with our heads and hearts, that these technicians should not even tell us about sometimes. I was all happy going for my 3d ultrasound with baby #1, and the tech said it looked like I had very little amniotic fluid for how far along I was, that my baby’s head was very large, and that I was “carrying very small”, so I ended up having to go for weekly US appts to monitor (ended up being a blessing, after finding out all was well, because I got a bunch of extra visits with my baby girl). She was born perfectly healthy. Not the same as what you’re going through, but just to say that I’m sure it’s just the beginning of fun things to stress you out. There’s nothing you can do about it, so just try your best to shake it off and hope for the best. I’m sure it’s totally fine! Xx

    1. Thanks, girl. Yeah, you are probably right that it’s just one of those many random things a doctor can say to stress a sister out, but then all ends up well in the end. I, too, had a weird scare with Lettie in the end that caused extra monitoring appointments and I LOVED it!

    1. You are too funny! I actually wondered when I should stop categorizing the posts by IVF #1, but it seemed weird to do it before being discharged by the RE — like all this monitoring still feels like part of the whole IVF process somehow? You have made a very good point, though!

  5. Never heard of this which is surely a good thing and means it is nothing to worry about! The Dr was not worried so you shouldn’t be either. Maybe he should of kept this thought to himself, knowledge is dangerous! It must be something super super rare that he only heard of in med school and never since I bet! Great that you got to see things are progressing well, so focus on that. xx

    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I am starting to feel calmer as the day goes on. This seems to be my pattern: hear news, immediately freak out, blog about it, calm down several hours later. Haha. I hope you are right that it’s only ever something she heard about in med school! I emailed her this morning to get some more clarification, so we’ll see what she says. Xo.

      1. I hope she gives you the reassurance you need. I totally get the freaking out calming down lol, this is just you processing the information. x

  6. I replied earlier, but it wouldn’t post. Your friends said exactly the same thing I did. And I love Baby #2 instead of IVF #1! And, I actually love baby #2. All is well.

    1. It’s on Christmas Eve. It was originally scheduled for 12/22, but I figured I had a better chance of seeing the heartbeat at 6 weeks 4 days rather than 6 weeks 2 days. Plus, I figured it would give baby a few more days to center him/herself in the uterus. But I’m pretty nervous to have this scan on Christnas Eve, with all of our family coming in later that day. Fingers crossed!

  7. Yay for a good scan! Sometimes I wish they’d keep that slim chance info to themselves. Does not help an active mind at all. I’m sure it’s all fine. Keep visualising!!!

  8. i just wanted to write again and let you know that i had an ultrasound today on my placenta and umbilical cord. while the tech and i were chatting i mentioned your story about your placenta being to the left and your dr. mentioned that it can “break through the uterus”. she said that is completely impossible and has never heard of anything like this. ever. perhaps you misheard your dr.’s explanation? in any case, i would not worry about this and maybe you can talk to your dr. to clarify what she meant? hope you’re feeling better today 🙂

    1. That is so sweet of you to talk to your tech about me! I did get some clarification. What my doc’s worried about is called an interstitial pregnancy. It’s a rare type of ectopic where the pregnancy implants on or near the part of the tube that attaches to the uterus. My doc doesn’t think that will end up being what it is, but I am still scared. I’m just trying to get through each day before the next ultrasound. Thanks for reaching out again! It was great to read about your awesome ultrasound yesterday!

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