Early Pregnancy Scan
What is included in an early pregnancy scan?
- Two 2D black and white pictures
- A wellbeing scan report
Diagnostic Appointment: 10-15 minutes
Gestation Period: 6 to 14 weeks
Our Early Pregnancy Scan is your first glimpse. It will be able to detect a pregnancy and a baby’s heartbeat, to reduce anxiety and uncertainty in the early weeks of gestational. You must be at least 6 weeks at the date of appointment. Unfortunately, early pregnancy ultrasounds are not routinely offered by the NHS and some expectant couples choose to have their first-trimester baby scan with us for peace of mind.
Reasons for having this early obstetric ultrasound:
- Unsure of dates
- Vaginal bleeding/Spotting
- Pelvic pain
- History of miscarriages
- History of ectopic pregnancy
- General reassurance
- Rule out ectopic pregnancy and check the pregnancy sac is located within the uterus
- Confirm viability of the pregnancy
- Check there is heart pulsations present
- Calculate the gestation of pregnancy
- Determine whether it is a single or multiple pregnancies
An early pregnancy scan will:
- Ensure the viability of the pregnancy by detecting a clear baby’s heart pulsation.
- Ensure that the pregnancy is located within the uterus (not an ectopic pregnancy).
- Detect whether it is single or multiple pregnancies.
- General reassurance.
When can I have an early pregnancy scan?
You can have an early scan to see the viability of your pregnancy from 6 weeks to 13 weeks into your pregnancy. These dates are calculated from the first day of your last menstrual period and if you have had a positive pregnancy test.
Preparations for an early pregnancy scan
- Please bring your hospital pregnancy notes with you, if your midwife has already seen you.
- We need your bladder full for this early pregnancy scan so you need to drink 1lt (2 pints) of water before your scan. Please do not empty your bladder before attending your appointment.
How is early pregnancy scanning carried out?
Before the early scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure and discuss the reasons for having the scan.
A small amount of gel will be placed on the skin. The ultrasound probe will be moved in different directions across the lower abdomen to obtain the best possible images. This is a trans abdominal scan.
Depending on the image quality of the trans abdominal scan an internal transvaginal ultrasound scan might be necessary. Our sonographer will explain the reasons for doing the internal scan and what to expect. We will request your consent prior to carrying out the transvaginal scan. A report will be given with our findings and all will be explained to you.
Please note that no refunds are given if the pregnancy is found to be too early for the scan. Payment is taken for use of the clinic service and running costs. The sonographer may recommend to re-book for a further scan, the scan charge will be payable.
What is important to us?
The safety and wellbeing of you and your baby.
All our Obstetric Sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans. Our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidance set by British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We ensure ultrasound exposure guidelines are followed in accordance with (ALARA), as low as reasonable achievable. We are registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
Make your scan day a truly memorable experience and book one or both of our pamper treatments. These services are available for you and a family member or friend.
Treat yourself to a pregnancy facial aimed to focus on relaxing you and give your skin a boost and an amazing glow. A family member or friend could also choose any skin care treatment. So you both enjoy the experience.
Why not add a pregnancy massage to relax and de-stress you during your pregnancy, with our specialist pregnancy masseur. A family member or friend could also choose a massage treatment, so you both enjoy the experience.