Early pregnancy scan 5-8 weeks
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In the first trimester, an early ultrasound can be taken as part of prenatal care between 5 to 8 weeks of pregnancy. However, a first-trimester ultrasound isn’t standard practice as it’s still too early for your practitioner to see your baby in detail. This is usually a routine scan performed for pregnancies occurring as a result of IVF treatments.
Most practitioners wait at least 6 weeks to perform the first pregnancy ultrasound. However, a gestational sac can be seen as early as 4 1/2 weeks after your last period. A fetal heartbeat can be detected at 5 to 6 weeks (though this is not always the case).
Is this the right scan for me?
An early pregnancy scan is performed at your home to see the first signs of health for a fetus within the 5-8 weeks stage. There are many reasons to have an early scan but the main reasons are to start prenatal care early on, to monitor IVF treatment or to simply see the first signs of your child.
Booking an Early Pregnancy Scan, for any reason, is an opportunity to start connecting with your unborn son or daughter. As the scanning equipment is brought to your house, you can see immediate results and an explanation from our visiting medic who will inform you if there are any abnormalities. Your partner can also be present so they can share the experience with you!
What does the scan do?
There are two types of ultrasound tests that will be performed depending on how many weeks pregnant you are. If the scan is performed before week 6-7, a transvaginal scan will be performed. If it is after week 6-7, a transabdominal scan will be performed. Read more about these processes in “Methodology”.
To buy an Early Pregnancy Scan, add this scan to the cart using the button to the right. If you have any questions you can use the online chat or give us a call to speak to a member of our team. The results will be explained to you in real-time by the medic visiting you.
An ultrasound is a painless diagnostic test that most women will receive during pregnancy. High-frequency sound waves travel into your uterus, and they bounce back from the fetus as vibrations. The echoes are translated into electrical signals that are projected as black-and-white pictures on a monitor. The images display your baby’s soft tissues and organs.
Some doctors request for the first ultrasound exam around 6 to 8 weeks of pregnancy, often during the first prenatal visit. Others only recommend this exam if a woman has symptoms of a high-risk pregnancy—for example, bleeding, abdominal pain, or a history of miscarriage, birth defects, or pregnancy complications.
During this time, the baby is very small, and woman's uterus and fallopian tubes are closer to birth canal than to abdomen, so sonographer might conduct the test transvaginally to get a clearer picture.
There are two main types of ultrasounds used during pregnancy: transvaginal and transabdominal ultrasounds. Both types of scans typically last about 20 minutes and are painless. The type of first ultrasound you’ll get depends how far along woman is pregnant.
During early pregnancy ultrasound, the woman be able to watch along with our sonographer (though it is likely need help to understand what is seeing). Future mother will likely even get a small scan image to print as a souvenir.
If it is a first pregnancy ultrasound before week 6 or 7, our sonographer will likely perform a transvaginal ultrasound. A small, long transducer (or wand) is wrapped in a sterile condom-like cover and inserted into the vagina.
The practitioner will then move the wand within the vaginal cavity to scan your uterus. Patient can feel pressure, but it should be painless.
The transducer emits sound waves, which bounce off of structures (otherwise known as a baby) to produce an image showed on a computer screen.
If the first ultrasound is after week 6 to 7, woman can get a transabdominal ultrasound examination. Gel is rubbed onto her belly to help the sound waves move more easily. Then the wand is rubbed over belly to produce images of baby.
This exam shouldn’t hurt, although it can be somewhat uncomfortable if the sonographer needs to press hard on abdomen to see a particular part of baby more clearly (especially with a full bladder).
A moderately full bladder will improve the visibility of the pregnancy by transabdominal scan. To time it right, some practitioners suggest emptying your bladder about 90 minutes before your exam. Then drink an 8-ounce beverage of your choice (water, juice and milk are all fine) about an hour before a scheduled visit.
If a transvaginal (internal) ultrasound scan is needed woman will be asked to empty her bladder by the sonographer.
Consider inviting a chaperone to present during the scan.
- Estimation of pregnancy dates: we can help determine the gestational age and Estimated Due Date (EDD), helping keep track of the number of weeks patient is pregnant.
- Having symptoms such as bleeding or spotting during early pregnancy
- Experiencing unusual pain during early pregnancy
- A history of early pregnancy miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
- Having assisted fertility such as IVF treatment, you may seek early reassurance
- If your pregnancy symptoms are causing concern
The sonographer will be able to tell you the results of the scan at the time of visit. You will also get a detailed ultrasound report to file with your maternity notes.
It is not common for the ultrasound scan findings to show that the pregnancy is not progressing at the expected rate. This can be due to uncertainty with pregnancy dates or may be related to the health of the pregnancy. There may be the need to perform a further ultrasound scan in 7-14 days to assess the viability of the pregnancy. Please note, if our sonographer recommends a repeat ultrasound scan there will additionally booking and fees to pay.
In some cases, the sonographer may diagnose a missed miscarriage. If this happens to you the sonographer will offer counselling during the appointment.
There are various options depending on the duration of the pregnancy and the overall situation. Comprehensive useful information is available through the Miscarriage Association website.
That said, medical guidelines caution against unnecessary exposure to ultrasound. Because no researcher would willingly put a fetus in harm's way in the name of science, it's difficult to study the long-term effects of ultrasound use — which means there is the possibility of unintended consequences with overuse.
What's more, though ultrasounds are usually relatively accurate at estimating a baby's size, they can underestimate or overestimate weight, especially if they're overused, which may occasionally result in unnecessary C-sections or premature deliveries.
The scan results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.
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