The probe is covered with a disposable protective sheath.
A small amount of ultrasound gel is placed on the end of this probe.
However, in the early pregnancy, the developing embryo is very small (at 6 weeks gestation, the baby is only 5-9mm long) and a transvaginal ultrasound may be required to get a better image of the baby.
Transvaginal ultrasound is safe and commonly performed during all stages of pregnancy, including the first trimester. Transabdominal ultrasound involves scanning through your lower abdomen.
On the plus side I have a wicked collection of scan photos I cried at everyone and a great story to tell Thomas where we were the first time that we saw him !!! Dating scans are pretty accurate - so you will learn from that how far you are.
x Best of luck and take tissues lol I had scans at EPAC at 6 and 8 weeks with this pregnancy, and when I asked the doctor afterwards when I'd be due she gave me a 'rough date' and told me they'd almost definitely change it at 12weeks because at 6 and 8 weeks it's too early and small to measure probably which is why they do it later. The scan at 12 weeks is to check over your babies development so far, and to confirm the number of babies in your tummy!
the baby and its heart beat can be detected relatively easily with trans-abdominal and trans-vaginal examination.
This is presuming that the pregnancy is actually at this stage of development.
Should i see if i could maybe change it for 12 weeks? Thanks I had a scan at 6 weeks-I thought I might be more pregnant but had not had periods for years.
x Also went for one at 8-9 weeks and they had to resend for me as was too early for one of the tests !
Also the scan for Downs Syndrome can be performed between 11 weeks 3 days and 13 weeks 6 days.
If you wanted this test and your appointment is too early for this, you'll simply be offered another scan date to have this performed. I think you can go ahead and have your scan as the midwife you saw at your booking will have suggested these dates for a reason.
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