Early Pregnancy Scan Wolverhampton
Early Pregnancy Scan at Peek a Baby
Our early pregnancy reassurance scan is available for those in between 6 and 15 weeks. It is a 5 minute 2D scan to confirm the results of a pregnancy test, gestational age of your baby, an estimated due date of your baby and to confirm a heartbeat.
You will receive three 2D black and white thermal prints as a keepsake. Please note this scan requires a full bladder. You will need to start drinking fluids 30 to 45 minutes before your appointment time and refrain from using the bathroom within this period. If you live in Wolverhampton or surrounding areas, visit Peek a Baby for your early pregnancy scan for just £45.
What is an early pregnancy scan?
An early pregnancy scan which is sometimes also called a viability scan or dating scan provides reassurance in this very early stage of your pregnancy. A pregnancy can be seen from as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your last period and not the date of conception.
Early pregnancy scans are not routinely offered on the NHS but you may have one privately without affecting your NHS entitlement at our Peek a baby clinic. Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to confirm 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?
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 identify 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 should be able to see him or her bobbing about and making jerky movements. Peek a baby offer early pregnancy scans for all the weeks which are specified above.
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Will it be an internal or an abdominal scan?
Our very early scans at our Peek a baby clinic preformed trans abdominally, but there is a possibility that a transvaginal scan is required for better visualisation. A trans vaginal scan would only be performed with the patients consent. Different sonographers will take different approaches.
What happens at an early internal pregnancy scan?
At our Peek a baby clinic close to Wolverhampton 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 proof to suggest that they are harmful to you or the baby. Therefore, if you are pregnant in the Wolverhampton area and wish to have an early pregnancy scan, contact us and book your appointment at Peek a Baby today!