12/08/2015 at 14:27
Hi everyone,We’ve noticed that a lot of you are posting in our Birth Clubs about going for an early private pregnancy scan – before you get called for your first NHS scan (which is usually at about 12 weeks).We think this is quite a new thing (it certainly wasn’t very common a few years ago, when some of us were pregnant). And we’d love to hear more about it. Did you have an early scan – or do you plan to? And, if so, can you tell us why? (If you didn’t or wouldn’t have an early scan, please feel free to tell us why, too).If you’ve had one already, could you please tell us what you paid? And did you think it was worth it? Do let us know your thoughts on this one. We’d love to hear them!
12/08/2015 at 14:55
I have very mixed feelings about early scans... Basically because of my history it wouldn't actually give me any reassurance at all so would be a waste of money If i was paying!.
due to having m/c with 1st pregnancy, i had some anxieties about my second & had a tiny (really tiny) bit of bleeding so had scans at 6 & 8 weeks. Baby was fine in both. At the 8 week scan it had grown great, heartbeat increased as it should havd & i was told I could stop worrying. 10 days later i had a massive bleed, rushed to hospital & found baby had died.
so.,. Third pregnancy they were monitoring me closely.., again scans at 6 & 8 weeks.... they honestly did nothing to reassure me as I knew that with my second I had lost the baby after a 'normal' scan at 8 weeks.
Obviously for most people this is not the case & an early 'healthy' scan is good news & thevpregnancy continues... However for me it made the shock & pain of my 2nd mc worse as I had let my guard down & allowed myself to start thinking about my baby / being a mum... It made the loss so much more painful.
I paid for an early scan it gave me great peace of mind and I found that most packages come with an early scan these days anyway.
I had one at 7 weeks and although it looked like nothing but a dot on the screen I was able to hear a heartbeat and they also gave me a viability percentage I dont know quite how this works however there is obviously certain things they look for.
My NHS stenographer is really super against all the early scans and gender stuff she says there all a money making thing however I have to pay £6.50 per pic on the NHS and I just dont think we get to see enough of our babys! with all of my private scans I get unlimited pics unlimited people in the room and a dvd. I love them x
12/08/2015 at 15:05
I don't find the early scans reassuring, I think 12 and 20 weeks pit my mind at ease more. During my first pregnancy I had a bleed and got sent for a scan, saw little beans heartbeat and scan a picture, was really happy but sadly five days later I started to bleed and had a miscarriage. I was really glad I had a picture of our first baby.
I also had a bleed with my second baby and went for an early scan, everything was fine and we got sent home. I worried all the way to 12 weeks and happily everything was good and our gorgeous little girl is now two.
I also had a bleed with this pregnancy and got sent for a early scan, didn't stop the worry. I'm currently 25 weeks and still worry x
12/08/2015 at 15:07
I paid to have an early scan. This was due to having a previous missed miscarriage that wasnt confirmed til 11 weeks. Guess I wanted reassurance that I actually had a viable baby in there this time after all the angst and sadness from my last experience.
I had the scan at what I thought was 7 weeks (wasn't recommended before this date) but found I was 8+ weeks. The scan cost £60 but I'd have paid double that to see my baby's heart beating away. I was given reels of photos which I couldn't stop looking at for days and a dvd which shows a fuzzy mass with a flickering heart. Oh so worth it xx
12/08/2015 at 15:30
I've had two miscarriages before 12 weeks and I personally wouldn't pay for an early scan. Unfortunately in my experience there was nothing I could do to prevent my miscarriages so not really sure what kind of reassurance an early scan would provide. It wouldn't necessarily change the out come and one of my miscarriages I was 8 weeks gone so if I had a scan at 7 weeks and thought everything was fine and then started bleeding and proceed to miscarry the following week it would probably have caused me more upset. When I started bleeding I had a scan both times and one measured at 4 weeks and I should have been further and the second one measured 8 weeks and was about right so really the 4 week one would have been a potential heads up. Another thing I find is that those that have had early scans and baby measures small, look for reassurance wherever they can but that would then defeat the purpose of the scan in the first place. They end up having to be rescan new in a couple of weeks and spend two weeks of dread and potential false hopes from somebody else's positive story. If they hadn't had the scan in the first place they wouldn't be in that place with that stress and worry.
12/08/2015 at 15:43
I had an early scan at 10 weeks during my first pregnancy and that was for reassurance. However, unlike the other ladies posting I hadn't previously suffered a miscarriage. The sonographer did ask me whether I had had a mc before so it is obviously a common thing for some ladies to want an early scan for this reason.
I think I was just having a hard time believing I was really pregnant, plus a combination of hormonal changes and suddenly losing my job made me very uncertain about things. We paid £90 for the scan and I definitely didn't regret it.
This pregnancy I felt I didn't need one as I could tell all my symptoms were the same and the 12 weeks seemed to go by a lot quicker.
12/08/2015 at 15:47
I had an early scan at 7+1, it was £60 and worth every penny. We got to hear the heartbeat and take pictures home. It gave me a little reassurance as there was a heartbeat but if something went wrong now I would have a picture of my first baby. It would be heartbreaking to happen now but I think you have to be realistic that even with an early scan the 12 week rule still applies x
12/08/2015 at 15:54
I had early scans at my hospital but only due to a bad first pregnancy and the blood thinning injections I have to be on for this pregnancy, but if I hadn't of had them at the hospital, I think yes I would pay for one. Nothing like seeing your little one for the first time on a screen even if it is tiny
12/08/2015 at 18:46
I had early scans through NHS due to previous miscarriage and complications. I think each time I was initially rel83v3d but the just stressed to the next scan. They can give reassurance but also maybe sometimes hope and then find later all is not well, it's a balance. I paid for a scan at 16 weeks after having another bleed and to check all was okay and that was a relief meant I could enjoy my 20 weeks scan.
12/08/2015 at 21:36
After a missed miscarriage at 8 weeks, with this pregnancy I was informed I couldn't have a reassurance scan, my odds of another miscarriage were not higher than anyone else's so go home and relax!
I did get sent for one tho when I had bad pains and what turned out as severe tummy bug but that was to check for an ectopic pregnancy but all the did was agree baby was viable, in utero - not ectopic and that was it - was told to attend my 12 week scan as normal.
I think they do have a place but as is said before they can only reassure all is well at the point of the scan, what happens after the machine is switched off is still an unknown.
12/08/2015 at 21:38
I found out I was pregnant quite late, around 11 weeks, I had a PRS at peek-a-baby in quinton Birmingham for £45 and I was 11+6.
I only paid for a private scan due to it being so late and wanting to make sure everything was okay, didn't have my NHS scan till yesterday at 13+3 so id have worried right up until then.
It definitely eased my mind, but I don't think I would have paid for one if I thought my baby was less than 8 weeks.
13/08/2015 at 03:38
My midwife referred me for a early scan at 10 weeks because of my previous miscarriage and I had spotting at the time,it was amazing reassurance and can't believe the difference between 10 weeks and 12 weeks.
I paid for a private scan at 14 weeks wanted to make sure baby was fine before I moved abroad,was 60 pounds and worth it xx
18/08/2015 at 11:50
I paid for an early scan to find out an estimated due date after having irregular periods before falling pregnant and also for reassurance. It turned out I was 9 weeks when I had the scan. It was nice to hear the heartbeat and take home a picture..i think the early scans are worth it and it's nice to know they're available for people for reassurance
26/10/2015 at 20:58
hi where do you go for early private scans please? we are in county durham if anyone knows thanks in advance
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