Early Pregnancy Scan Near Merton
Early Pregnancy Scan at Peek a Baby
At our London clinic near Merton our early pregnancy reassurance scan is available for those who believe they are between 6 and 15 weeks gone. Please note this scan requires a full bladder and can not be undertaken otherwise. You will need to start drinking fluids 30 to 45 minutes before your appointment time and refrain from using the bathroom within this period. It is a 5 minute scan to confirm the results of a pregnancy test, an estimated due date of your baby and to confirm a heartbeat. You will be given three 2D black and white thermal prints as a keepsake. Our early pregnancy scan is priced at £45 at our Peek a baby clinic in London near Merton.
What is an early pregnancy scan?
A pregnancy can be observed from as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your last period and not the date of conception. An early pregnancy scan which is sometimes also called a viability scan or dating scan provides reassurance to everyone involved in this very early stage of your pregnancy. This is because
Early pregnancy scans are not frequently offered on the NHS but you may have one privately without disturbing your NHS entitlement at our Peek a baby clinic in London near Merton. Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to check that your pregnancy is healthy- in this case it is often called a viability scan. It can also be performed to confirm the results of a pregnancy test or just to provide you with some reassurance that all is progressing as it should be.
What can you see at an early pregnancy scan?
Peek a baby London near Merton offer early pregnancy scans for all the weeks which are stated below. Your baby will develop really quickly within the early stages of your pregnancy and so your baby will look very different each week. At 6 weeks your baby will just be visible and measure around 0.5mm. This is the earliest a heartbeat will be detected. At 7 weeks your baby will be about 1cm with a heartbeat of about 160 beats per minute. At 8 weeks your baby is growing about 1mm a day, and will now measure around 1.6cm. You may be able to start to recognise the head and body. At 9 weeks your baby is nearly fully formed, and you may be able to make out your baby’s head, body and limbs. At 10 weeks your baby is now around 3.8cm and you ought to be able to see him or her bobbing about and making jerky movements.
Will it be an internal or an abdominal scan?
At our Peek a baby clinic in London near Merton our very early scans are expected to be internal (vaginal) scans, but can sometimes be an abdominal scan. In these initial stages of pregnancy the sonographer may sometimes try an abdominal scan first. If they can’t see anything then the next step is to check you are happy to have an internal vaginal scan. This allows you to see things much more clearly. Different sonographers will take different approaches.
What happens at an early internal pregnancy scan?
At our Peek a baby clinic in London you will go into the scanning room and be asked to take your items of clothing off from the waist down and then cover yourself with the provided covering. You will be requested to lie down on the bed. The scan will then commence. We make all efforts to ensure that you are comfortable and well informed throughout the scan procedure.
Scared about having an early pregnancy scan?
It’s completely ordinary to feel nervous at this early time in your pregnancy. The point of an early scan is to try and relieve anxiety and not cause it. That is why where possible we encourage women to try and wait until they think they’re at least 6 weeks so we can be more definitive about what we see.
Are there any risks to having an early pregnancy?
Ultrasound scans have been used in antenatal care for over 30 years and there is no evidence to suggest that they are harmful to you or the baby.