Are there some occasions where I will have to return for a repeat early pregnancy scan? Even if you have a positive pregnancy blood or urine test it may be too early to see signs of a pregnancy on ultrasound.
Before 5.5 weeks a small fluid sac may be seen in the uterus without sign of a fetus or a fetal heart beat.
It might take longer if your baby is lying in an awkward position.
It’s a good idea to have someone with you for the scan, whether it’s your partner, mum, or a friend.
In these situations a repeat scan one to two weeks later may be necessary to confirm a viable pregnancy and provide accurate dating.
Your doctor will also usually correlate the results with blood tests (serum BHCG) By 6-7 weeks the fetus is usually seen clearly (often requires transvaginal scanning) and its heart beat can be visualised.
If you would like to bring more, please contact your chosen clinic when booking to check how many we can accommodate.
The senior member of staff walked in, didn't ask us any questions, how far along we were, any kind of past history, or anything like this, didn't even look at the notes, put the scanner on and kind of after scanning around for a bit, took the scanner off and started saying, 'Well, why have you come this early?
So you can see all his organs, muscles, limbs and bones are in place, and the sex organs are well developed. We know how exciting/terrifying the whole thing is, but too much anxiety and you’ll be jumping off the bed as soon as the gel touches your belly (it’s very cold).
In order to create a clear view of your baby, it’s worth drinking a pint of water an hour before the scan.
It’s time to clap your eyes on that baby for the first time and it’s the most exciting pregnancy milestone yet. Your 12-week scan can take place any time between 11 and 13 weeks.
It’s amazing to think that at this point, your baby is fully formed.
Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.