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Early private scan

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thrillhouse Mon 13-Jun-16 19:19:59

I am thinking of going for an early scan at the weekend as I am unsure of my dates and have been feeling very detached from this pregnancy (it's my second, unexpected, and my first baby has only just turned 1 so it's a lot to deal with). I'm hoping it might help me connect and process things a little better.

But, I'm also really scared in case something has gone wrong, or they can't find a heartbeat or whatever.

I just wanted to get that down because I am a bit nervous. Can you tell me of your early scan experiences?

ANiceSliceOfCake Mon 13-Jun-16 19:23:24

Honestly. I'd do it, and have done it. It will take the pressure off you a bit.
It's normal to be a bit frightened and anything that can help is good in my book. Good luck.

EsmesBees Mon 13-Jun-16 19:29:43

I'd go with the understanding that (depending how early it is) the fact they can't see a heartbeat is not necessarily a bad sign. It may just be too early.

Happilymarried155 Mon 13-Jun-16 19:59:03

I'm going for an early scan. Just need to put my mind at rest, I think 8-9 weeks is a good time as you can definitely see a heartbeat by then x

freerangeeggs Mon 13-Jun-16 20:09:58

In the country where I live you have scans really early. I had my first at six weeks. It was transvaginal, which was just lovely shock

SpaceDinosaur Mon 13-Jun-16 20:14:46

I had my first scan at 7 weeks because i was having cramping and I had some bleeding.

They were lovely. Explained that of the pregnancy was too early to see from my abdomen then they would scan transvaginally and to not expect to see a heart flutter if that was the case as it would be too early.

They were calming, kind, lovely, reassuring and very patient. I would highly recommend to anyone.

thrillhouse Mon 13-Jun-16 20:17:34

I think I'm about 6 weeks now so hopefully something should be visible, even if no heartbeat yet.

firsttimekat Mon 13-Jun-16 20:20:41

This probably isn't what you want to hear but best to be prepared... I had an early NHS scan at 8weeks as I was uncertain over dates. Lovely heartbeat. I had a miscarriage at 11 weeks. An early heartbeat is obviously a good sign but it isn't a guarantee.

wispaxmas Mon 13-Jun-16 20:20:45

I had a scan at EPU at 6 weeks on the dot and although the the fetal pole was too small for them to measure we were able to see the fluttering heartbeat!!

I have booked a private scan for 8 weeks as well as the chance of MC is still fairly high at 6 weeks, but at 8 it drops down to 2% according to the miscarriage association.

Princesspinkgirl Mon 13-Jun-16 20:45:33

I had a few scans early on one at 6 weeks heart was beating 2nd at about 8+6 again beautiful baby and today 12+1 a very active healthy baby due Christmas day as others have said a early scan can't guarantee but it will put you're mind at rest

ANiceSliceOfCake Mon 13-Jun-16 21:42:22

Another view, although not so nice I'm afraid. I had an early scan at 8 weeks, the heartbeat was very very weak, told to go back a week later and it's sadly stopped. The worst of it is I've had no bleeding or signs atall. I've been waiting for things to happen naturally but nothing has, if it wasn't for the scan I'd still think I was pregnant. I know they say sadly you could loose fhe baby the day after you have the early scan, but for me it helped.

thrillhouse Mon 13-Jun-16 21:53:14

firsttimekat and Cake I'm so sorry for your losses flowers

SeashellHoarder Mon 13-Jun-16 22:04:06

I would (and did) wait till 7 weeks so you'd see the heartbeat. It's only 1 more week and i couldn't justify the cost twice before the 12 weeks scan.

thrillhouse Tue 14-Jun-16 06:03:54

Seashell the problem is that I don't have anything really to go on for dates - I haven't had a period since before I was pregnant with DD. My thinking of 6 weeks is just an educated guess really. The midwife I saw last week didn't offer an early NHS scan so I want to do this for peace of mind really.

SeashellHoarder Tue 14-Jun-16 07:16:49

Is there a chance you could be 12 weeks already? If so, tell the midwife, they won't want you to miss the 12 week scan.
Otherwise I'd wait, the risk of miscarriage after you've seen a heartbeat is much lower, and that was my concern at that stage.
best of luck whatever you decide

Frazzled2207 Tue 14-Jun-16 09:09:41

I've had private scans at 8 weeks both times and it was worth it. I think definitely worthwhile holding out to 8ish weeks by which time hb should be visible. Sorry to hear about those who had sad losses but I did read somewhere that if you get to 8 weeks and there is a healthy hb, there is a 98% chance of a baby.

thrillhouse Tue 14-Jun-16 10:36:43

Seashell no I don't think so.

The MW seemed happy to go with my educated guess of 6 weeks but put 8 on my referral notes so if anything we'll probably get our NHS scan early. Like she said we can always be sent for again for screening of we are too early.

Clomidworries Tue 14-Jun-16 14:40:30

Hi all
I am 9+4 now
Been to private early scan at 8+3 and everything was fine. Saw the heartbeat. My worry is from two days I don't have any nausea or sickness. I generally worry a lot. Any one else yet experienced like this. No spotting at all. Need some advice please help.

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