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What's the earliest I can have a (private) scan?

(9 Posts)
ledlights Tue 25-Sep-12 13:36:51

Currently 6 weeks pregnant (4 weeks since conception) but many things (previous miscarriage, taking a very long time to conceive, no pregnancy symptoms etc) have me convinced (read: completely paranoid) that I am not pregnant/have already miscarried despite BFP. I want to have a private scan as soon as possible to (hopefully) prove me wrong but what is the earliest I can have it done? I don't even want to start the NHS process before I have seen a heartbeat as can't take another round of appointments if it's all for nothing like last time.

InchyInchy Tue 25-Sep-12 13:39:43

Try Babybond (they do an early viablity scan), they have clinics all around the UK and are reasonably priced.

I've had a few scans with them and I can't recommend them high enough!

SlimJimBra Tue 25-Sep-12 13:43:36

6 weeks pg you'll see a blob of cells, 8 wks you should be able to see the heartbeat as a flicker smile both with dildo-cam. From 10wks it looks vaguely baby shaped and you can have a normal (tummy) scan. [first two were as part of our ivf package, 10wk one because I was paranoid like you!]

NarcolepsyQueen Tue 25-Sep-12 13:46:01

I saw a heartbeat at 6 weeks!

LargeGlassofRed Tue 25-Sep-12 13:50:32

I had a baby bond one at 7 weeks think it was about £70
Found out it was twins, could clearly see two sacks and twin hearts beating smile.
A friend had a one at 7 weeks and found out it was twins, then went back at 12 weeks and found out it was triplets!

LargeGlassofRed Tue 25-Sep-12 13:51:18

Also I had 3 scans at baby bond and the images were much better than the Nhs scanner.

BonaDea Tue 25-Sep-12 14:01:34

I saw a heartbeat at 6+1 and you can sometimes see it as early as 5-ish. So I think it is definitely worth it to put your mind at rest.

Anya1976 Tue 25-Sep-12 14:20:23

I had a scan yesterday and apparently I'm 5.5 weeks and we saw the heartbeat.

minipie Tue 25-Sep-12 14:29:02

I had a scan at about 6+4 and couldn't see heartbeat but scanner wasn't worried, scan at 7+4 showed the heartbeat.

By the way, I expect many GPs would refer you for an early scan on the NHS given your previous miscarriage and anxiety. Or if your local hospital has a walk in EPU, you might be able to walk in for an early scan with no GP referral (just be prepared to wait a while and for those with bleeding etc to go first). I completely understand you don't want to begin the whole NHS process but I think the early scan could be done in isolation ie without referring you for booking appts etc.

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