how early can you have a pregnancy scan

In the UK, the NHS will typically offer you two pregnancy scans as part of your pregnancy care: one in early pregnancy (between 11 and 14 weeks) and another between 18 and 21 weeks. If you wish to arrange a scan much sooner than this, the earliest you can book a pregnancy scan is from 7 weeks onwards. However, these scans are conducted by private ultrasound clinics rather than the NHS.

We understand that you and your family are extremely excited for baby's arrival and are likely finding it difficult to wait until your first NHS scan. That's why we offer early scan packages from 7 weeks, providing you with some much-needed peace of mind at the beginning of your pregnancy.


Early pregnancy scan benefits

Most of the mothers who come in for an EarlyReassure™ scan have yet to attend their first NHS appointment, which means that we really are giving them their very first glimpse at the child that's growing inside them!


What happens during an early pregnancy scan?

The EarlyReassure™ scan is primarily intended as a viability and reassurance scan. It will:

  • Confirm whether your pregnancy is viable at its current stage
  • Exclude the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy
  • Find out how many babies you're carrying and when you're due

We will also monitor your baby's heartbeat and take a crown to rump measurement. Many of the women who request an early pregnancy scan have experienced vaginal bleeding and wish to ensure that their baby is healthy and that the pregnancy is viable.

This package includes an EarlyReassure™ report, 2 black and white photographs of your scan, and a £10 Loyalty Discount card to use against your next scan.


Why can't I book a scan earlier than 7 weeks?

The use of abdominal ultrasound prior to 7 weeks gestation can often result in failure to detect a heartbeat or even achieve a good visual representation of the foetus.

This prevents us from giving an accurate assessment of your pregnancy and the health of your unborn child. For this reason, we recommend 7 weeks as the minimum gestation period for an early pregnancy scan.

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