Early dating scan
Having a scan in the first few months of pregnancy can be a thrilling experience.It's amazing to see the little blob with a heartbeat that will soon become your baby.A vaginal scan can get closer and show more detail.This type of scan is also better for checking that the pregnancy is inside your womb.This early pregnancy dating scan (ante-natal scan) is useful for those who: Are experiencing pain or bleeding in the pregnancy Had a previous miscarriages Had a previous ectopic pregnancy Are unsure of date of last menstrual period And for those who need reassurance prior to their NHS scan, now usually performed after 12 weeks.With many early pregnancy units stretched to over capacity, it is not always possible to get a same day appointment.Although waiting can be hard, a later scan will give you more information.
If you have a severe, one-sided pain in your belly, it’s essential to find out what’s causing it.
Your midwife may recommend an early scan at between six weeks and 10 weeks if you have experienced bleeding.
You may also be offered an early scan if you've had a previous miscarriage.
The heart beat of the embryo can be seen from 6 weeks onwards, therefore, the Early Pregnancy Baby Scan can be performed from 6 weeks 0 days – 10 weeks 6 days from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP).
If your menstrual cycle is longer than 28 days it is advisable to wait until you are at least till 8 weeks from your LMP to confirm the viability of the embryo as you may not be as far as your dates suggest.The early stages in life are the most critical time.