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When should I have a scan?

(7 Posts)
DrMum83 Wed 16-Mar-16 16:22:01

DH and I can't agree.
I'm only 5+1, had a prev mmc 2 years ago which was discovered after going for a private early scan around 7 weeks and the pgnancy was measuring a week behind. We then faced an anxious wait for a week to see if things caught up - they didn't. It was horrible.
I had my DD thankfully a year later and I'm now pregnant again.

I'm impatient and petrified.
I'd like to book a scan for 6+4 but DH thinks if we wait til 7+4, if there's no heartbeat then we'll kinda know there and then rather than have to face another anxious week. (I'm very sure on my dates, btw)
WWYD? I know sensibly, the later the better but it's an all consuming anxiety!

LBOCS2 Wed 16-Mar-16 16:24:04

Why not split the difference? If you're sure on your dates there should be a heartbeat by 7 weeks.

Salene Wed 16-Mar-16 16:26:35

Or just wait till your 12 weeks scan, that's when miscarriage really reduces. You could get at 7/8 weeks scan and all be ok then MC.

Personally I think early scans aren't a good idea. It can give false reassurance. If wait till 12 weeks

Good luck and I hope all works out well xx

Salene Wed 16-Mar-16 16:26:57

I'd not if

DrMum83 Wed 16-Mar-16 16:34:50

Thanks. Can't really split the difference as has to be a weekend day for scan due to work etc

Thanks Salene, I take your point but miscarriage risk drops rapidly once heartbeat is seen around 7 weeks, I know there's still risk but odds so much better.

LouiseEG Wed 16-Mar-16 16:47:53

It's a tough one isn't it? I had a scan at about 6+4 with this pregnancy at the EPU. I'd had a miscarriage about that time a couple of months before and had some bleeding so was petrified. I was lucky that they managed to find a heartbeat, but that was quite early.
There's a good chance you won't be able to find a heartbeat so early, in which case, even if it's measuring well will you still feel reassured or want another scan a week later? Might be better to wait a week if you can bear it. I'm not good with waiting either - my husband jokes that he's going to buy me a home scanner so I can see the baby every day to keep me sane!
Good luck

Helloall1 Wed 16-Mar-16 16:50:22

Hi DrM

Do what is right for you and your family.

We've recently had two early scans, due to a previous ectopic. We saw the heartbeat from 6+2. I can't explain how reassuring it has been, to know it's not another ectopic.

We know it's obviously not a guarantee but it has helped us focus immensely.

Good luck

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