Pregnancy dating and viability

If a heartbeat is seen, the risk for miscarriage at this stage is reduced to approximately 10%.

An ultrasound scan typcally takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and the images seen will determine whether a Trans-Vaginal ultrasound scan (internal) is needed.Your ultrasound scan will be carried out by one of our highly qualified professionals in a caring and comfortable environment.If a fetal heartbeat is present the risk for miscarriage at this stage is reduced to approximately 5%.– At this stage the baby is now much more recognisable as a developing baby.At MUMS we are very proud of our professional experienced and caring staff who will ensure that you receive the best care possible and give advice and support where appropriate.

Early Pregnancy Scans are normally performed trans-abdominally (through your tummy) however an internal (vaginal) scan may be required at earlier gestations ie 6-7 weeks to see all the necessary detail, or if your womb tilts backwards (retroverted).At 6 weeks: the fetal heartbeat if the dates are certain At 7 weeks: Fetal heart action should be present At 8 weeks: Fetal form should be clear If the scan is performed too early to see your baby clearly a repeat scan in 10 – 14 days is sometimes needed to confirm that your pregnancy is progressing satisfactorily.Dating your pregnancy at this early stage will help you better organise your scans and your ongoing pregnancy care.We should be able to see and hear your baby’s heartbeat on scan, which is very reassuring.If we cannot see a heartbeat then this is either due to the pregnancy being too early (this is the commonest reason) or that the pregnancy is found to be not viable.Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to confirm that your pregnancy is healthy (in this case your scan is often called a viability scan) and to calculate the date when your baby is due (usually referred to as a dating scan).