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1st dating scan

If a heartbeat is seen, the risk for miscarriage at this stage is reduced to approximately 10%.

It can also be performed to confirm the results of a pregnancy test or just to provide you with some reassurance that all is progressing as it should be.

At MUMS we are very proud of our professional experienced and caring staff who will ensure that you receive the best care possible and give advice and support where appropriate.

It's wonderful to see the little blob with a heartbeat that will become your baby.

Usually two scans are done during the first trimester.

Early Pregnancy Scans are normally performed trans-abdominally (through your tummy) however an internal (vaginal) scan may be required at earlier gestations ie 6-7 weeks to see all the necessary detail, or if your womb tilts backwards (retroverted).

However, if the doctor needs to check your cervix (mouth of uterus and birth canal), a transvaginal scan may be done as it is more accurate.During an abdominal scan, the doctor will put some (usually very cold) gel on your tummy.

Having a scan in the first few weeks of pregnancy can be thrilling.In these early weeks of pregnancy, your baby is too small and low in your abdomen to be picked up by an abdominal ultrasound scan.A vaginal scan is done by introducing a probe into your vagina. Abdominal scan After 10 weeks and for the rest of your pregnancy, you will have an abdominal scan.A pregnancy can be seen from as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your last period (LMP) and not the date of conception.If you have had any bleeding or pain or any other symptoms then this scan will accurately confirm viability.If we cannot see a heartbeat then this is either due to the pregnancy being too early (this is the commonest reason) or that the pregnancy is found to be not viable.