Early Pregnancy Scan (6 -14 weeks)

We at MUMS understand that the first few months of pregnancy can be quite an anxious time for many women with various concerns as to whether the pregnancy is developing normally or that it may result in a miscarriage or even an ectopic pregnancy.  An Early Pregnancy Scan (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 (LMP) and not the date of conception.  If you have had any bleeding or pain or any other symptoms then this scan will accurately confirm viability.

Early Pregnancy Scans are not routinely offered on the NHS but you may have one privately without affecting your NHS entitlement.  Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to confirm that your pregnancy is healthy (in this case your scan is often called a viability scan) and to calculate the date when your baby is due (usually referred to as a dating 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.  At MUMS we are very proud of our professional experienced and caring staff who will ensure that you receive the best care possible and give advice and support where appropriate.

Your reasons for having an Early Pregnancy Scan are to:

  • Rule out ectopic pregnancy and check the pregnancy sac is located within the uterus
  • Confirm viability of pregnancy
  • Check there is a heartbeat present
  • Calculate the gestation of pregnancy (number of weeks)
  • Determine whether it is a singleton or multiple pregnancy
  • Bleeding/Spotting or any unusual pain

Early Pregnancy Scans are normally performed trans-abdominally (through your tummy) however an internal (vaginal) scan may be required at earlier gestations ie 6-7 weeks to see all the necessary detail, or if your womb tilts backwards (retroverted).  We will always try to scan trans-abdominally first but if we need to do an internal scan then this will not be harmful in any way to the baby and would be discussed prior to having the scan.

What happens during an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scans are painless but the gel used within the examination can feel a little cold and you may feel a little discomfort when the ultrasound probe presses on your tummy if you have a very full bladder.  An ultrasound scan typcally takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and the images seen will determine whether a Trans-Vaginal ultrasound scan (internal) is needed.  Your ultrasound scan will be carried out by one of our highly qualified professionals in a caring and comfortable environment.  During your scan we will explain the findings to you and following your scan we will give you your images and detailed report.

6 weeks – At this stage the pregnancy is of course small, but we should be able to see the gestation sac with a yolk sac developing in your uterus.  We should be able to  see and hear your baby’s heartbeat on scan, which is very reassuring.  If we cannot see a heartbeat then this is either due to the pregnancy being too early (this is the commonest reason) or that the pregnancy is found to be not viable.  If a heartbeat is seen, the risk for miscarriage at this stage is reduced to approximately 10%.

6 weeks internal scan

6 weeks Trans-Vaginal scan

 7 weeks – At this stage we can see a fetal heartbeat and the early separation of the embryo from the yolk sac. We look at the heartbeat and measure the Crown Rump Length (CRL), this means the measurements are taken from the top of the baby’s head to its bottom.  From this measurement we can work out how many weeks and days preganant you are (this early measurement is approximate for dating).  If a fetal heartbeat is present the risk for miscarriage at this stage is reduced to approximately 5%.

7 weeks internal scan

7 weeks ultrasound scan with the small round yolk sac separating from the embryo

From 8 weeks Your risk for having a miscarriage is now only 2% if the heartbeat is present.  At this stage often the baby can be seen making small movements (usually past 8 weeks) which are amazing to see.

8 weeks internal

8 weeks ultrasound scan showing the embryo with developing limbs

9-10 weeks – At this stage the baby is now much more recognisable as a developing baby.  If the heartbeat is present and the baby measure appropriately for your dates, the risk for having a miscarriage now drops to 1%.


Early Pregnancy Scan Fee:  £70

What’s included :

Appointment time:  Approximately 5-10 minutes

Scan:  Trans-abdominal Ultrasound Scan and/or Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Scan

Immediate Results:  A detailed report confirming all the scan findings and measurements will be produced (including gestation and due date)

USB Memory Stick:  Complete scan & images recorded onto a MUMS Branded USB stick for you to keep.

Folder:  Suitable for storing maternity records and information leaflets.

How do I book an Early Pregnancy Scan?

MUMS is a private pregnancy and scanning clinic, you can self-refer and arrange an appointment at your convenience.

To book a pregnancy ultrasound scan please telephone us on:  0121 704 2669 or fill out our online enquiry form or email us at administrator@mums.me.uk.


Sept 2015

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