Early Pregnancy Scan

This is an ultrasound examination that may be carried out transabdominally (through the abdomen) or transvaginally (through the vagina).

A full bladder is required initially to enable a transabdominal scan to be performed first. If this scan does not provide the information required the bladder is then emptied and a transvaginal scan is performed. The scan aims to determine the number of fetuses present and whether the pregnancy is progressing normally inside the uterus/womb.

The early pregnancy scan is available up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. We do not perform a viability scan after 18 weeks of pregnancy as your midwife should be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler machine.

If we cannot see a heartbeat on the scan due to the pregnancy being too early then we can repeat the scan free of charge at a pre-determined time interval, when we would confidently expect to see the heart beating.

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Tom provided all the care we needed following a miscarriage. He was able to ensure my subsequent pregnancy was well looked after. I have a beautiful baby boy, who looks just like his 4D scan picture. Sarah (Sheffield)