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The early pregnancy scan is the first pregnancy scan that you can have and is not routinely available on the NHS. It is often done if you are not sure if you are pregnant or to provide reassurance in the very early stages of your pregnancy. It is particularly reassuring for women who have suffered a previous miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
An early pregnancy scan will:
- Determine the presence of a pregnancy
- Confirm the fetal heartbeat after 7 weeks
- Check the viability of the pregnancy
- Diagnose a multiple pregnancy
- Calculate your estimated due date (EDD)
Following an early pregnancy scan, we would recommend that you have a Harmony Prenatal Test which can be arranged from ten weeks of pregnancy. This non-invasive test screens for Down’s Syndrome and other genetic conditions.
When can I have an early pregnancy scan?
You can have an early pregnancy scan any time from 6 weeks to 11 weeks and 1 day into your pregnancy. These dates are calculated from the first day of your last menstrual period.
What happens with my results?
Your results are presented in a two-page printed report for you to forward to your GP, midwife or obstetrician. The details are also securely saved on our fetal database so that we can monitor the growth of your baby during future scans.
After your early pregnancy scan
Following an early pregnancy scan, we would recommend that you have a Harmony prenatal test which can be arranged from ten weeks of pregnancy. This non-invasive test screens for Down’s Syndrome and other genetic conditions.
Early Pregnancy Follow-up Scan
This scan is to check viability of pregnancy after the first early pregnancy scan with us, usually this is to check heartbeat, a bleed, or for reassurance given previous history of miscarriage.