go with a full bladder cos they will try an abdominal scan first. if they can see everything with that then there will be no need for an internal scan. if they can't see well or your bladder is not full enough they may need to do an internal scan.
for this pregnancy i only had one internal scan (at 6 weeks) then rest of the scans have been abdomninal (7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 weeks)
When I had a scan at 8 weeks it wasn't an internal one. I think they try to get it externally but if they can't then they'll do an internal one. I had an internal scan later in the pregnancy as they wanted to look at my cervix and it was fine too.
It's probably going to be an internal one as they won't be able to find the foetus any other way as it's too small. It doesn't hurt, it's just like a thin tampon, the sonographer is really experienced and will be really sensitive. I had one at 8 weeks, it was OK. You'll need an empty bladder aswell.
I had a scan last weekend at 9+2 and it was internal - it might be ecause I still have a lot bit of a belly from having DD a year ago. I went with full bladder she tried external and could see HB but wasn't clear enough for measuring or checking the placenta so she did an internal.
Depends on hospital I think. Round here anything less than 12 weeks is classed as early preg and internal scan.
It really isn't as bad as you think. I've lost count of the number I had in my three pregnancies (1mc,one healthy sprout, currently 16+weeks). Seriously must be more than 10.
Apparently the position of my uterus makes tummy scans tricky in early preg/when not preg. I'm no fan of hospitals but after my miscarriage I was sent for scans (long story not for here) and after 10 mins of bladder busting tummy scan with no clear results I actually asked the sonographer if transvaginal would be easier and volunteered for all future scans that way. It wasn't nice, but not at all painful and actually quicker and more dignified than being prodded for ages by someone scrabbling for a clear image.
Just trying to say if I had it of my own free will it isn't that bad. And remember it isn't at all strange to them cos they spend all day doing it.
I had an emergency scan at 9+5 due to bleeding and it was an external one, though they did warn me they might need to try an internal one if they couldn't see much. My GP recommended I drank a lot of water before I went in, so I drank 2 pints on the trot and had an extremely full bladder... I don't know if this helped in the end.
Everything was very clear even at that early stage - the sonographer pointed out heartbeat, head, legs and placenta and even gave me a photo. The only thing they couldn't see was any cause for the bleeding.
Good luck! I was really worried before mine, but all turned out well and I'm now 29 weeks with a little wriggler.