This scan is useful for women who are experiencing pain or bleeding in the pregnancy and those who have had previous miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. Sometimes called a Viability Scan or Dating Scan this may be the first private pregnancy scan you will have.
When should I have a viability scan?
This is an ultrasound examination that is usually carried out vaginally at 6-10 weeks of pregnancy. The aims of this scan are to determine the number of embryos present and whether the pregnancy is progressing normally inside the uterus.
Is 6 weeks too early for a viability scan?
An Early Pregnancy Scan (sometimes also called a Viability Scan or Dating Scan) provides reassurance in this very early stage of your pregnancy. A pregnancy can be seen on scan from as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your last period (LMP). We should be able to see a heartbeat from 6 weeks.
Can you see if its twins at 5 weeks?
You can guess as much as you want, but until you have the ultrasound examination, its all just speculation, says Dr. Grunebaum. Luckily, most mamas dont have to wait long to know for sure. Today, twins can usually be diagnosed as early as six to seven weeks of the pregnancy, he adds.