Early Pregnancy Scans are not routinely offered on the NHS but you may have one privately without affecting your NHS entitlement.
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).
We at MUMS understand that the first few months of pregnancy can be quite an anxious time for many women with various concerns as to whether the pregnancy is developing normally or that it may result in a miscarriage or even an ectopic pregnancy.
This can be simply because your baby is lying in an awkward position.
As part of your antenatal care ultrasound scans will be offered to you at approximately 12 weeks and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Occasionally it is advisable for a woman to have several scans to check on her pregnancy.
In order for the sonographer to get good images the scan is carried out in a dimly lit room.
You will be asked to lie on the couch and ultrasound gel placed on your tummy.