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What is an Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan?

What is an Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan?

Tuesday 23rd November 2021

An early pregnancy scan is usually performed shortly after finding out you are pregnant.

This is usually 6 to 8 weeks after conception and the purpose of the scan is to confirm the pregnancy, assess early viability and to provide an accurate date of the pregnancy (the scan is often referred to as viability or dating scan).

If you experience any pain or bleeding in your early pregnancy, we advise having an ultrasound to check all is well. If you have experienced a miscarriage previously, we also advise having an early pregnancy ultrasound to assess the pregnancy.

We aim to provide you with the confidence and reassurance you deserve in the hands of our experienced team.

What do we assess as part of your private ultrasound scan?

Our team will ensure that the pregnancy is in the correct location inside the uterus.

We will measure the size of a gestational sac or an embryo to confirm the age of the foetus and provide an estimated due date.

We will visualise and listen to the foetal heartbeat to assess its viability.

Please drink one litre of water 45 minutes before your appointment for best early pregnancy scan results.