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8 week scan - would you?

(76 Posts)
lowra Sat 03-Aug-13 14:03:01

I've just found out I'm pregnant again after an early mc last month. The month before I think I had a chemical. Before that we had been trying for 9 months. As a result (and because I am a fairly anxious person) I am paranoid that this one isn't going to stick either. I have been testing daily and checking my breasts constantly in case the tenderness disappears. That`s what happened last time. Has anyone got any advice? I think I may go private and have a scan at 8 weeks. Has anyone else done this?

ilikebaking Sat 03-Aug-13 14:06:32

I had a scan booked for when I should have been 8+5, but ended up having some nhs scans, including one on the day I should have been 8+5 and I was only 7+1 then. Seeing little bean with a heartbeat reduced me to tears after weeks of stress. I was fully prepared for it to go the other way, but I was lucky, I guess. I would say, if you can afford it, do it.
We cancelled the private scan, but, had we not had all the dr related fuss, we would have had it. I even got a picture from the nhs one at 7+1 :-)

misshoohaa Sat 03-Aug-13 14:16:18

Do it. I did it with DS at about 6 weeks, seeing his little heart beat was so reassuring.

kilmuir Sat 03-Aug-13 14:18:29

yes if it will give you some peace of mind.
will say as someone who had loads of miscarriages, that i was told not to keep doing HPTs, they can keep showing positive for weeks after a miscarriage.
I had weekly scans with my oldest DD. said no to weekly ones with second successful pregnancy, as although it was reassuring at the time, I knew that it was only relevant at the time it was done, if that makes sense.
On a positive note , I had 9 miscarriages but I also managed to achieve 4 pregnancies.
good luck, hope it all works out for you

RobotHamster Sat 03-Aug-13 14:18:39

Yes, for the same reasons. I booked for what I thought was 8 weeks and was told I was 7.5w though, so maybe book between 8-9 weeks.

CheeseFondueRocks Sat 03-Aug-13 14:26:32

Yes, we did it with both pregnancies around that time.
If you see a heartbeat at 8 weeks, your miscarriage risk goes down to about 2%. That's only 1.5% off the 12 week risk so seems like a huge re-assurance to me. Of course, things can still go wrong with a heartbeat at 8 weeks, but this also happens after 12 or 20 or 30 weeks.

islingtongirl Sat 03-Aug-13 14:42:28

I did at about 8 weeks, was about to go on holiday and gave me some reassurance before I went as the 12 week scan seemed so far away! It was worth it for me personally.

MistressofPemberley Sat 03-Aug-13 14:48:04

I've had 2 mcs and a chemical so this time I self referred to Early Pregnancy Unit and they offered me a scan at 7 weeks and another at 9. I was so prepared for bad news but I didn't get it. Now 39 weeks waiting for my DD to arrive.
Really helped put my mind at rest as I'd researched odds etc. I say go for it.

i had one at 9 weeks and was so cute. Mine was NHS but was still amazing to see lil bean! then only had to wait 3 weeks for 12 week scan! x

resipsa Sat 03-Aug-13 15:18:49

Do it! Best money you'll spend this year.

MrsBungle Sat 03-Aug-13 15:22:35

I did it with both of my pregnancies. I had a private early reassurance scan around 8 weeks. I didn't want to wait until 12 weeks and wanted to know if all looked ok.

I got one on the NHS after 2mcs and it made me feel much better.

HotCrossPun Sat 03-Aug-13 15:27:30

Definitely worth it if you are worried.

I had one a few weeks ago when I was 8+1. The thought of waiting until 12 weeks until I knew if everything was okay was unbearable!

I think prices vary around the country, but mine was only £40 .

littleABI Sat 03-Aug-13 17:58:15

Hi ladies, as a first time preg, I am interested to know that you can have an early scan done... how did you go about doing it? Do I have to kick up a fuss at the EPU or just call and book? How come some of you are paying, and some are getting early scans with NHS? Is it high risk pregnancies that get offered this?

As first preg and what I suspect to be after a MC earlier this year, I would feel very reassured to have a scan. I think I worry too much, as I did about 7 preg tests all with a BFP but then the Doc didn't confirm anything and booked me straight in with midwife. Can't someone tell me for def "yes, it's really, really true!" ??!
Love to all and hope you have successful pregnancies smile

The NHS won't pay if it's a first pregnancy, but you can pay privately.

StarsAboveYou Sat 03-Aug-13 18:22:46

I had one at 8w and 5 days as I had no symptoms and had convinced myself that I had had a MMC. I should never have gone near google.

It was the best scan out of the 4 I had in total. I had just been expecting to be told "you're pregnant" or "I'm sorry" but the sight of DS heartbeat on that monitor is one that will stay with me forever. It was so clear and strong and he is now a mischievous 17month old.

I will do the same when/if I am pregnant again.

Wishing you all the best.

littleABI Sat 03-Aug-13 18:36:06

thanks stars and ehric I shall see what the DH thinks. Torn between having an early and being happy, then something scary happening between 8 wks and 12 and being sad... we shall see, but thank you for the advice. stars enjoy your little one!

Hope you enjoy your evening xxx

lowra Sun 04-Aug-13 12:09:20

Thanks for the advice all. DP is not sure he wants to do it but I think he accepts it down to me. I think I'll see how I go. Maybe get my first appt with the midwife at 7 or 7 weeks and take it from there. I tested again this morning and the line is still getting darker which is good.

Writerwannabe83 Sun 04-Aug-13 13:02:42

I really want to have an early scan but my husband laughed it off and told me to be more patient smile I'm not worried about the pregnancy but just the thought of seeing a little beating heart....well, it just makes me feel all warm and squishy inside smile

I'm only 6+1 so can't have one anyway yet I imagine, but I might keep on nagging at the hubby! I really don't think I can wait another 6 weeks!

Londongirl84 Sun 04-Aug-13 13:40:29

Having an early scan was honestly the best money ever spent. I had one at 7 weeks and saw the little heartbeat fluttering away. It put my mind at rest beyond imagination. 12 weeks is just so long to wait. I couldn't recommend it more x

littleABI Sun 04-Aug-13 17:16:01

I'm on a diff chat topic and one of the ladies had an early reassurance scan and found an empty sac a day or 2 ago sad it's really sad and very scary isn't it. She thought she was 7 weeks...
I don't know how to remain positive with so much scariness. How do you all do it? This is my first pg and I seem to come across so much to worry about (unless I am the one looking for it!). The thing is, and I'm sorry to be a downer, my sister lost a baby at full term, and that was 6 years ago but she and her DH haven't had any kids at all now. It's made me and DH very cautious I suppose.

missmargot Sun 04-Aug-13 17:21:52

I had an early miscarriage in March and then became pregnant again a month later. We had an early scan at 8 weeks (although they dated me at 9 weeks so further along that I thought) and I'm so glad we had the scan, it really put my mind at rest.

My biggest fear was a mmc having watched a close friend go through this and finding out at her 12 week scan that her pregnancy hadn't progressed past 6 weeks. I know that it is possible to have a positive scan at 8 weeks and still have bad news at 12 weeks but the risk is small and the difference that the early scan made to me in terms of reduced stress and worry was definitely worth it for me.

x0gawjus0x Sun 04-Aug-13 17:26:58

I had a scan at 9 wk, saw wriggling baby and heartbeat so lovely smile go 4 it x

flowersinavase Sun 04-Aug-13 17:29:19

Do it.

In the worst case scenario, not having a scan is simply putting off the inevitable - you'll find out at the 12wk scan anyway. Surely finding out sooner is better. Of course things can happen between an 8wk and a 12wk scan, but it's unlikely.

little - you have to remember that there are millions of pregnancies every year which you don't hear about, precisely because they go well. You only hear the horror stories. Being cautious is good to a certain extent, but you have to realise that the odds are on your side.

One thing I read which helped was to be thankful each day that you are pregnant - 'Today, I am pregnant'. You can't think forward the whole 40wks: just one day at a time.

writer I had one this week at 6w so you can have one any time after then if you want to

Writerwannabe83 Sun 04-Aug-13 17:36:31

Can they see a heartbeat this early then???

littleABI Sun 04-Aug-13 17:38:59

you know what flowers i saw the same phrase, made me tearful but i totally understood it. you guys are lovely smile xxx

DaleyBump Sun 04-Aug-13 17:41:12

I was scanned at 6+3 on the NHS after experiencing bleeding and abdominal pain which they thought could be a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. It was one of the happiest moments of my life, especially after the bleeding and worrying. I say do it smile

Writerwannabe83 Sun 04-Aug-13 17:48:07

I think I'm going to book it and then tell my hubby afterwards smile

Easier to ask for forgiveness then try and get permission, lol grin

lowra Sun 04-Aug-13 18:04:38

Does anyone know when a heart beat should start to be detected?

littleABI Sun 04-Aug-13 18:07:27

i'm no expert but i've read its from 6 weeks

It's actually there from 5 weeks but it can only be seen every time from 7. Some scans will pick it up earlier (mine was visible at 6 wks)

maggiethemagpie Sun 04-Aug-13 18:25:35

You can have a private scan any time from around 6 weeks. I was paranoid I'd miscarry so ended up having quite a few private scans between 6 and 12 weeks. For me, the reassurance only lasted a few days then it was back to worrying again but I recognise this is not typical of most women. After 9 or 10 weeks your chance of miscarrying goes down dramatically, of course it can still happen. I wish I'd not had so many private scans, as I ended up feeling like I'd wasted a lot of money just for 'reassurance' which would be better spent now on things for the new baby, but I think I got a bit obsessed with it all. If you can just stick with one scan then go for it!

Littleabi, some nhs hospitals will scan early. One near me offers early scan on a self-referral basis. You don't even need to give a reason. Perhaps see if there's a hospital near you that will do the same. The HV told me about mine, otherwise I would be none the wiser and still waiting for a first glimpse at 12 weeks.

PolkaDot86 Sun 04-Aug-13 19:04:24

I would definitely recommend calling your local Early Pregnancy Unit - I had a miscarriage last year so was worried when I found out I was pregnant again, but they offered me a scan at 8 weeks and really put me at ease. I think you do have to self-refer though - my midwife wasn't any help with this!

littleABI Sun 04-Aug-13 20:46:27

Ok, I'm going to ring the EPU tomorrow and see what they say. No harm done in trying.

TarkaTheOtter Sun 04-Aug-13 21:17:29

Just to put the other side of the coin, I had a reassurance scan at 10 weeks where everything was fine, then a massive bleed at 11 weeks (about 4 days later). I wouldn't pay for another reassurance scan because I wouldn't feel reassured for more than a few days.

Queazy Sun 04-Aug-13 21:19:46

If you can pay for the peace of mind, go for it. It sounds like it would be worth it for you x

Writerwannabe83 Mon 05-Aug-13 08:11:58

Can we have one purely because we just want to see it?

Or do we have to have actual concerns??

If you go private you can have a scan for any reason or no reason!

With the NHS you need to have a reason usually. Different areas have different rules though, in mine you have to be referred to the EPU.

cookielove Mon 05-Aug-13 08:52:00

If I have private health insurance do I still have to pay? I would love an early scan smile

lowra Mon 05-Aug-13 09:48:38

I'm definitely going to try and get a scan around 7 to 8 weeks. This is so stressful. I feel like all my symptoms have vanished today and my frers arent getting darker sad

Private health insurance in the UK normally doesn't cover pregnancy (excluding emergency Caesarians) but check your policy

I had a scan at 7 weeks and it was the best money I've spent on this baby so far. Heard the heartbeat and got some photos to keep - gave me massive reassurance. It's an awfully long time to the first NHS scan!

PicnicPie Mon 05-Aug-13 10:16:55

I had abdominal pain which was a suspected ectopic. Was sent to EPU same day where they saw a ball of cells but no heartbeat. This was five weeks. But I had enough hCG to say it was a pregnancy. I had to wait 7 days before going back to have another scan which showed a heart beat. After worrying so much that it was an ectopic, then to see a little blob beating away was the happiest moment of my life.

Definitely go for it. The stress of worrying about every single pregnancy symptom is enough to drive you mad.

Wishing you all the best x

Pentagon Mon 05-Aug-13 11:16:53

I would but then again I've had 2 missed miscarriages. Not that I would have been any less devastated had I found out earlier but I wouldn't have wasted 1-2 months thinking/hoping that everything was going well when in fact it wasn't. And the more weeks pass, the more hopeful you get...

My first missed miscarriage was at 5,5 weeks and the second at 7,5. I found out both times at my 12-week scan - I had no bleeding or pain and was completely oblivious.

Statistically, most 1-trimester miscarriages happen between 5 and 8 weeks(when the baby's organs form). If you have a good scan after 8 -9 weeks chances are that the pregnancy will go well. Of course, things can go wrong at any time during pregnancy but it is quite rare.

Thankfully, with both my successful pregnancies (I have 1 DC and I'm currently 27 weeks pregnant with my second) I had a couple of early scans which kept me sane.

Good luck OP and everyone else considering an early scan!

littleABI Mon 05-Aug-13 14:35:37

Pentagon congrats to you and hope you have a successful pg!

Well after reading these I am thinking of chickening out. I was going to call the EPU today... I have no cramping or bleeding (I do have a medical history which means when I get past 12wks the hosp OB GYN will see me every 2 weeks...)
I don't want to waste their time when they could be scanning someone with far more important reasons than me!! Actually, maybe I will ring. I will say something like "I am concerned and would like to know if you have any spaces available for an early scan." I really don't want to disappoint the parents/inlaws by telling them after my 8 week MW appointment this thurs, and then being told in 4 weeks time that there's nothing. Oh my word I am making this far too complicated. confused

maybemyrtle Mon 05-Aug-13 15:09:58

I can only speak about my EPU, but just wanted to add that it is an emergency clinic and waiting times can be very long. Even with a confirmed first-slot-of-the-day appointment, I've been waiting for up to 3 hours to be seen and there's no way of knowing how long you'll be there. It's not a fluffy baby-scan place, there will be lots of very anxious people in the waiting room with you. EPU wouldn't be my first choice option if I had no real grounds for referral.

Honestly, if you're not bleeding or in pain, I reckon the convenience and comfort of a private scan is worth the cost itself, never mind the reassurance.

maybemyrtle Mon 05-Aug-13 15:11:58

Sorry clicked post too soon - littleABI I hope your pregnancy goes well. Good luck whatever you decide smile

littleABI Mon 05-Aug-13 15:12:08

thanks maybemyrtle

PurplePoppySeed Mon 05-Aug-13 15:42:17

as others have said - definately contact your local EPU, mine were brilliant smile I also had a missed miscarriage the first time, at the time I had a scan at 5 weeks due to possible ectopic - no HB but they told me it wasn't always there at 5 weeks and that 6 weeks is the norm to spot it. When back at 8 weeks to see nothing had changed and it was a MMC - definately glad I didn't get to 12 weeks to find out, though it's still upsetting at 8.

This time they gave me an 8 week scan no worries smile however, just one thing to have in mind - when I went at 8 weeks, they told me that there was no way I was 8 weeks, in fact, I was more like 6... this didn't match my dates (based on when I think I ov'ed and the dates we DTD so it really worried me as I assumed it wasn't growing enough. I went back 2 weeks later and they said I was about 9 weeks then (which is possible), but for those 2 weeks I was really really worried (even though I'd seen a HB).

PurplePoppySeed Mon 05-Aug-13 15:43:56

ps. the 6/8 week confused sized baby is now 34 weeks and regularly kicking in the ribs smile (and I've still got two due dates a week apart as they didn't redate me at 12 weeks)

Writerwannabe83 Mon 05-Aug-13 17:45:02

I booked a scan today grin

We are going a week on Wednesday and I'll be 7+4 smile

Me and hubby can't wait!!!

missmargot Mon 05-Aug-13 18:57:22

Good luck, hope everything goes well for you

littleABI Tue 06-Aug-13 18:10:23

I booked one too! You know how I was deliberating about what to do, well I rang up (going private for this scan) and they said they had one appointment for tomorrow at 5pm, and some next week. So I took that as a sign and went for the one tomorrow! I will be 7+6. Eeek! smile

Writerwannabe83 Tue 06-Aug-13 19:41:48

Brilliant!!!! Promise me you will let me know what you see!! My hubby thinks we won't be able to see anything but I keep telling him he is wrong - so I hope you will prove me right grin

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BartBaby Tue 06-Aug-13 20:14:42

hotcrosspun where abouts in the counrty are you?

writer and littleABI how much are your scans if you dont mind me asking?

Im also thinking about it but cant find it for less than £100. And i feel its a lot when we could use the money for holiday things for ds, when im just being silly and paranoid anyway!

Writerwannabe83 Tue 06-Aug-13 21:15:24

Mine is £50 and I'm in Leicestershire. The Company look really good and they offer loads of different packages etc - I'm being restrained though and just sticking to a reassurance scan for now grin

BartBaby Tue 06-Aug-13 22:04:27

Which company is that writer ? Maybe they have different offices... I really want one lol

Writerwannabe83 Tue 06-Aug-13 22:07:08

www.face2facebabyscans.co.uk

I hope they do have one near you grin

cookielove Tue 06-Aug-13 22:10:42

In my area they are looking like they are between £50-£180 shock

Writerwannabe83 Tue 06-Aug-13 22:18:39

£180 for a reassurance scan??

Bloody Hell!!

When I told my husband how much it was I was expecting him to have a mini moan but he didn't. I have since shown him the website, including the image of a 7 week scan, and it put a huge smile on his face!! The baby looked like a little jelly baby floating through space - we are so excited!!

BartBaby Tue 06-Aug-13 22:40:42

Im glad dh is happy about it aswell. I had a quick look and its just the one place. If i could het one for £50 i would definately do it. £100 is just a bit too much. And dh says to just wait until my normal scan. I would be due it not long after our holiday in september so at least that might take my mind off it for a while. And my other symptoms are still there.

Let us know how they go those of you that are having them smile

BartBaby Tue 06-Aug-13 22:42:49

The one near where i live does do a quick gender scan though from 18 weeks for £39 so i might have to think about that if the nhs make me wait until 20 weeks grin

KittyKK Wed 07-Aug-13 06:58:14

Hi ladies - I've just booked my first scan for when I'm 5w6d....just before I head off on a long haul flight.

NotWithoutMyMerkin - (giggling about your fab username!). Did you see much at your 6w scan?

littleABI Wed 07-Aug-13 15:07:48

Ours is £90 and at my local hospital EPU. St peters in Chertsey offers a private scanning service for all sorts. I am so incredibly nervous though!! Xx

Kitty we saw baby, yolk sak and heartbeat really clearly (although we did get strongly warned at the beginning that this is not always the case)

Emilycee Wed 07-Aug-13 15:38:22

I think do it for peace of mind. If you feel more relaxed because you have seen a scan, it can only be a good thing!

I've got a reassurance scan this Saturday and I will be 6 weeks + 1 day. Its our first baby and my friend recently had her first and had her reassurance scan at 4 weeks (Was very tiny but you can see the little bean in the scan :-) I'm apprehensive but exited!

CrispyFB Wed 07-Aug-13 19:48:16

I just had one done on Sunday at 6+3. I would undoubtedly qualify for one on the NHS as I have had three first trimester losses, and I spot constantly, but I prefer private scans for that first one. For starters, they're not in a rush, they let you see the screen (the NHS ones I've had, it's often awkward to see or they don't let you see it until they know what's going on) and you can ask as many detailed questions as you like and they'll answer them. Some NHS sonographers will too, but plenty won't and just want you out the door so they can move onto the next patient.

Plus private scans are often more thorough - e.g. likely position of placenta, actual heartbeat speed (as opposed to "present") and they'll answer questions like "So is the yolk sac too big?" right away - most NHS sonographers don't know about a lot of these things as they're just on rotation or whatever and have no particular interest in early pregnancy, and the nurse practitioners I always saw afterwards didn't know either and would just drone on "we saw a heartbeat.." but I know from bitter experience that there is a lot more to it than that even if a heartbeat is a fabulous start.

I suppose a lot depends on the private clinic you choose - I used to go to one with a highly qualified midwife (£90) and now I've moved I had one done with a proper consultant (£110). Money well spent for sanity!

I certainly don't begrudge the NHS not providing as detailed a service, they don't have the resources to do more, and what they do do is absolutely fine for most people. I'm just one of those people who has been through a lot, learned a lot as a result and so wants to know everything.

Mine was absolutely fine, btw grin - textbook in fact! Even after all my questions blush

CrispyFB Wed 07-Aug-13 19:49:09

ps - I've had scans at 6w0d and 6w1d with two of my other pregnancies, and seen the heartbeat fine too!

littleABI Wed 07-Aug-13 22:06:51

An extremely successful scan, dated 7+6 with beautiful heartbeat and the sonographer even pointed out the spine. I understand what you mean about not being rushed in a private scan. 4 Photos, 2 little cards with photo slots.. and a very easy way to tell my parents and DH's parents too. Our little bean even gave us a wiggle and is waving a flipper in the pics. Gestational sac and yolk sac both present.

Best wishes to all of you, and I would say go for it. It's not called a reassurance scan for nothing. xxx

GaryWilmotsWedding Thu 08-Aug-13 11:07:43

I've got one booked for tomorrow at 6+4 because of a bleed this week. I'm really nervous (well, it seems I am nervous about everything since getting pregnant) because I seem to read a lot of stories saying it was fine but then later a MMC was discovered at 8 or 12 weeks. I'm wondering if the ultrasound can be harmful so early on? I also have a retroverted uterus so I'm fully expecting they will say they can't find much!

Would I be better just to suck it up and wait?! Seems soooo long to wait but the thought I could be doing damage just to relieve my worrying is awful. Have lots of you had scans this early that were ok?

CrispyFB Thu 08-Aug-13 21:21:23

Hurray, congratulations littleABI! grin

GaryWilmotsWedding - Ultrasound does not cause miscarriages.. enough of them are done that if there was a correlation it would have been picked up on by now! I've not looked into it personally but some people say there is research that high numbers of ultrasounds can be linked to autism, but then other people tend to refute that research by pointing out inconsistencies in it. It's probably not ideal to have dozens of them unless you really need them, but one or two in the first trimester is extremely unlikely indeed to make any difference to the baby.

Some people do see losses after seeing a heartbeat earlier on, unfortunately that's just statistics at work. The odds improve dramatically if you see a heartbeat and an embryo measuring correctly, but not all babies with a heartbeat make it to 12 weeks. The period up to 10 weeks or so is when an embryo is developing into a foetus, all the vital parts are being made, so unsurprisingly most losses occur then because there's far more things to go wrong. Generally it's said that if you see a healthy baby at a scan at 10 weeks then the odds are the same as at 12 weeks, and a healthy baby at 8 weeks isn't far off. It's just the bit before 8 weeks that can be a bit dicey, heartbeat or not.

If you can get two scans, do one at 6 and 8 weeks - otherwise if you are only doing one and want longer term peace of mind I'd suggest holding on until 8 weeks. Bleeding is totally normal around this time unfortunately for some healthy pregnancies - scares us half to death! Good luck!

littleABI Fri 09-Aug-13 16:54:13

garygilmotswedding I wish you luck if you decide to go ahead, I don't have a history of past pg's to compare my scan with though.
Thank you for the happy remarks smile

littleABI Fri 09-Aug-13 16:55:49

Sorry, its garywilmot haha can't believe I got such a famous name wrong! And crispy I meant to thank you personally xx

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