Early Pregnancy Scans
6 to 14 Weeks
Most women in early pregnancy don’t experience any problems; however, about 20% of pregnancies are complicated by pain or bleeding, or are ectopic or end in miscarriage.
If you’re anxious about baby, we offer scans as early as 6 weeks. As we’re a professional medical clinic with expert Consultant Obstetricians, we’re able to offer both trans-abdominal and trans-vaginal scans to give you immediate early reassurance, exclude ectopic pregnancy, check for a heartbeat, see how many weeks pregnant you are and how many babies you are carrying and identify pregnancies with some major abnormalities and/or at increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities and cardiac defects.
After your scan, you will receive a text link to our Tricefy Baby Scan Photo Service so that you can download and share your images.
Appointments for our early pregnancy ultrasound scans are usually available within 24-48 hours; we also offer an emergency scan service.
About Transabdominal and Transvaginal Scans
Most pregnancy scans are carried out transabdominally (through the tummy) with an abdominal probe; having a full bladder is helpful for these scans. Transabdominal scans are safe and usually painless.
Some early pregnancy scans and scans to check the cervix or lower edge of the placenta may need to be carried out transvaginally and so an empty bladder is helpful for these. A hand held probe is inserted directly into the vagina and moved within the vaginal cavity to scan the pelvic structures like the uterus and ovaries, while the ultrasound images are viewed on a monitor. Transvaginal ultrasound scans are safe and usually painless.
As well as being scanned by one of our expert sonographers, all Innermost Healthcare patients have direct and quick access to Dr Bryan Beattie MD FRCOG (Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine) for further advice should any concerns arise.