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Early Pregnancy Scan (8 - 14 weeks)

Early Pregnancy Scans is usually performed between 8 and 14 weeks.

Price: €99

General information

The first three months are often a mixture of joy and worry in equal measure. For most mums there is no need for concern, symptoms such as vaginal bleeding (spotting) and abdominal pains are all part and parcel of pregnancy. However, many parents want the opportunity to gain peace of mind and reassurance as to how their pregnancy is progressing. Sometimes it can be difficult to access hospital services in a timely manner to obtain ultrasound scans. An Early Pregnancy Scan provides expectant mums and dads with the bonding experience and reassurance that the resources and time pressure of hospital scanning cannot always cater for. It is an opportunity to gain peace of mind and reassurance as to how your pregnancy is progressing

When to have an Early Pregnancy Scan

We perform the Early Pregnancy scan from 8 weeks of pregnancy. It is generally advisable not to have an ultrasound examination prior to 7 or 8 weeks as frequently the pregnancy sac may be too small to be visible on ultrasound at such an early gestational age. Similarly, the heartbeat is not always detectable until 8 weeks, so we ask that mums wait until this stage to have the scan, as we do not want anybody going home worried if they do not get to see/hear the heartbeat. Otherwise, it is up to you at what stage between 8 and 14 weeks that you come in.


Some mums prefer to come in at 8 or 9 weeks, just to see the heartbeat or for reassurance, but others like to come in a little later, when baby is more developed, or if they want to have pictures to show when they announce their pregnancy to family and friends.

What will happen at the scan

During the scan, the sonographer will check the baby's heartbeat, assess the presence of single or multiple pregnancies, and confirm your expected due date. The 2D scan is an external transabdominal scan. We calculate your expected due date by comparing the first day of your last menstrual period with specific measurements of the foetus by measuring the distance from the top of the head (crown) to the bottom of the body (rump). We also include measurements of the gestational sac and of the heartbeat. These measurements are very accurate and can determine the gestational age even if you are unsure of your last menstrual period.


You will receive several 2D prints of the scan to take home and share with family and friends.

How to prepare for Early Pregnancy Scan

It is important to ensure that your bladder is full prior to the appointment, as a full bladder will enhance the image quality. While there is no need to have your bladder uncomfortably full, we recommend that you drink between 1 and 2 pints of water or liquid approximately one hour before your ultrasound scan. The liquid in your bladder provides a contrast and improves the quality of the image on the screen.


Contact Us Directly

Baby Scan Swords

Phone: 01 2897605; 086 040 8280


Baby Scan Rathgar

Phone: 01 4923544


Baby Scan Cork

Phone: 021 4826855; 087 694 3707


Baby Scan Derry

Address: 18A Strand Road, Derry, BT487 AB

Phone: 028 712 71688

Baby Scan Derry

Northen Ireland - Derry

Address: 18A Strand Road, Derry, BT487

Phone: 028 712 71688

Recent Comments

Went to Rathgar for an early scan just for peace of mind and they were so good. I got lots of pictures and there was no rushing in and out. So worth the money. Be back again for a 3D scan. Sarah

I attended babyscan in swords today . From the moment we walked through the door we felt so welcome . Michele was my sonographer and have to say she was so nice , we saw baby's heartbeat , thrilled to see that . I had my daughter with me and was so happy to see baby on the huge screen moving around . I'll be back for the gender scan and would highly recommend any mum on attending the clinic , this is baby number 3 for me and they really put my mind at ease that Everythng was ok . Thanks again girls and can't wait to go back to yous . Laura & fintan Laura mc Loughlin

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