MUMS Early Pregnancy Clinic
At MUMS we specialise in Early Pregnancy Scans. All of our sonographers, gynaecologists, and fetal medicine consultants are highly skilled and trained to perform both transabdominal ( TA ) and transvaginal ( TV ) ultrasound scans.
Early pregnancy scans are sometimes referred to as viability scans or dating scans – provide reassurance at the early pregnancy stage.
We can perform your early pregnancy scan you as early as 6 weeks of pregnancy – calculating this from the 1st day of your last monthly period and we should be able to see the heartbeat. If you are unsure of your dates or have irregular cycles we recommend you are scanned two weeks after your first positive pregnancy test. We offer pregnancy testing.
The NHS do not routinely offer early pregnancy scans and lots of women chose a private early pregnancy scan. The scan can calculate when your baby is due – hence the reason as to why it is referred to as a dating scan or viability scan.
Early pregnancy scans can be performed to confirm results of a pregnancy test and provide reassurance that everything is progressing perfectly normally.
Our professional clinicians are caring and ensure you receive excellent care and advice and the appropriate support you need.
We are able to perform an early pregnancy scan just after 5 weeks ( to look at the location of the pregnancy sac. This will give reassurance that the pregnancy is developing in the womb and not in the fallopian tubes ( ectopic pregnancy ). This will be transvaginaly.
If the reason for the scan is pain or bleeding – we are more than happy to see you, we can perform the ultrasound scan. Our clinic is renowned for friendly, sympathetic staff who will explain in detail the scan findings, offer you blood tests such as Beta HCG ( Advanced Pregnancy Test ), follow up scans and the appropriate pathway.
Knowing that the pregnancy is developing normally can eliviate various concerns at an anxious time.
The reasons for having an Early Pregnancy Scan are to:
We normally perform early pregnancy scans trans-abdominally ( via your tummy ). However – we may have to scan you internally ( transvaginal) for early gestations ( 6-7 weeks ) to obtain clearer images. There are a number of reasons for this. If your womb tilts backwards ( retroverted ) you could be less pregnant that your calculations.
We will always try to scan transabdominally in the first instance, but if we need to do an internal scan then this will not be harmful in any way to your baby. We discuss the option of a vaginal scan if needed, and only perform if necessary with your consent (no additional cost).
What happens during an early pregnancy ultrasound scan?
Ultrasound scans are safe. They cause no discomfort. We use single use ultrasound gel on the abdomen. The ultrasound probe presses on your tummy which transmits images on our screens. If your bladder is too full it can be a little uncomfortable but should not be painful.
The scan usually takes around 10 minutes from start to finish. If the images are unclear you will be offered a transvaginal ultrasound scan ( internal). We explain the findings to you throughout and at the end of the scan.
Following your scan we will give you your detailed report and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. Your scan will then be uploaded along with your images onto a USB memory stick to take home on the day.
We can see the gestation scan with a yolk sac developing in your uterus at this early stage. Additionally we should see the baby’s heartbeat and hear the sounds. This is reassuring. However, if we are unable to see this then you could be too early for an ultrasound scan. It might be that the pregnancy is not viable.
At 7 weeks we can see a fetal heartbeat. We can see the embryo and measure the baby’s head to its bottom and calculate how far pregnant you are. We call this a dating scan. Miscarriage risk is reduced to about 5% if the heartbeat is present at this stage.
At 8 weeks we can see the baby making movements. This is very reassuring and we can measure the gestation of the pregnancy. Miscarriage risk is reduced to 2% if the heartbeat is present at this stage.
At 9 weeks we can see the baby developing and take more measurements and the risk of miscarriage is reduced to 1% where the heartbeat is seen and heart at this stage.
You can book online, call us on 0121 704 2669 or request a scan online. If you decide to book online please ensure you are at least 6 weeks to avoid having to be re-scanned when views of the heartbeat are enabled.
Bringing your own children to the scan is perfectly fine, however remember the room becomes dark so just pre warn them before entering.
From 6 weeks a pregnancy should be visible with fetal heart, this may be a TV USS, as the pregnancy may be too small to see through the abdomen. If your unsure on your dates, then normally a pregnancy can be seen 2 weeks after a positive pregnancy test.
Yes please, any scan under 14 weeks a full bladder is needed.
If sadly the USS does not identify an ongoing pregnancy, will we signpost you to the relevant Early pregnancy unit in the NHS.
Of course, we can hear the heartbeat from 6 weeks, we will record it onto a USB, or if you want you can record it on your mobile phone.
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|Early Pregnancy Scan||£75|