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9week scan, internal or external?

(8 Posts)
MollyWho Sun 19-Jun-16 14:21:39

Just that really. In your experience have scans at 9 weeks been internal or external?Got a scan tomorrow afternoon and I really struggle with the full bladder thing so won't bother going through that agony if scans at 9 weeks are more likely to be internal.

pocketsized Sun 19-Jun-16 14:23:27

In my experience by 9 weeks it will be external. I judt try and drink a glass of water 45 mins or so before, which has always been enough.

DrWhy Sun 19-Jun-16 14:23:48

Mine was external (private) saw a surprisingly baby shaped bean and a heartbeat. Did have very full bladder!

RaeSkywalker Sun 19-Jun-16 14:24:30

I had a scan at 7+1 and they managed to find the heartbeat externally. So fingers crossed you won't need an internal.

plimsolls Sun 19-Jun-16 14:24:41

Mine was external.

Also, I don't know if the guidance has changed or what, but I've had four scans now and wasn't told to have (and didn't need) a full bladder for any of them. Actually, for my 12 week scan, I happened to have a fairly full bladder (long wait at hospital!) and they made me go and have a wee as they couldn't get the measurements they needed. Maybe phone the clinic and find out if you defo need a full bladder?

OldFarticus Sun 19-Jun-16 14:25:40

Mine was internal at 7 weeks but he tried external first, so it must have been theoretically possible to see the baby via external that early. (At least if you turn up with a full bladder and they need to do an internal, you can pee first!)

MollyWho Sun 19-Jun-16 14:27:48

Don't mind the internal scans unfortunately I've had enough in the past to get used to them. blush
The letter says to have a full bladder but then so did my scan at 7 weeks and the sonographer didn't even attempt external so suspect it's just standard text.
Thanks

FuzzyOwl Sun 19-Jun-16 14:30:47

I have a tilted uterus so it would always be an internal scan for me and sometimes even is at 12 weeks. You're probably right about it being a standard letter and I suppose it is easier to empty a full bladder at the time of the scan than wait for it to fill up.

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