early pregnancy scan

Why have an early pregnancy scan?

The early pregnancy scan is the first pregnancy scan that you can have and is not routinely available on the NHS.  It is often done if you are not sure if you are pregnant or to provide reassurance in the very early stages of your pregnancy. It is particularly reassuring for women who have suffered a previous miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

What are the main points of an early pregnancy scan?

  1. Determine the pregnancy is viable
  2. Is the pregnancy single, multiple
  3. Confirm fetal heartbeat after 7 weeks
  4. Measurements of the fetal pole to estimate due date
  5. Investigate symptoms such as bleeding or pain.
  6. Confirm that all is well in your pregnancy if you are having a higher risk pregnancy, for example, because your age is over 35 or you have other health issues.
  7. Get your first scan pictures and videos on the computer screen as soon as possible.

What happens during an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scans are safe and do not cause pain. Ultrasound gel is rubbed on the tummy and the ultrasound probe presses on your tummy to obtain images. If you have a very full bladder it may be a little difficult. An ultrasound scan basically takes around 5-10 minutes to complete.

What is examined in an early pregnancy scan?

During the scan, the ultrasound Technician assesses the positions of the gestational sac. Then look for the embryo or fetus. Then we will visualise the heartbeat to determine the viability. This scan is available to anyone who wants some reassurance but particularly for those who are unsure of their dates.

We offer early pregnancy scans at Bump2babyScans in Leicester. Book an Appointment today!

We will provide scan from 7 weeks – £69

  • Measurements of the baby
  • Fetal heartbeat check
  • 2 x 2D black and white images

If you need any help regarding baby scans then you can simply call us on +44 116 40 30 211.