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Mourne Scan Clinic – Private Ultrasound Scans

Common Questions About Ultrasound Scans in Drogheda


Q. Why do doctors wait until 8 weeks?

Most women have their first scan in NHS between 10-14 weeks. If you need to attend an early pregnancy clinic before this, your doctor or midwife may not scan you until you are 8 weeks pregnant as you will see more of your baby. This is worked out by 8 weeks from your last menstrual period (LMP) The first date is counted from the first day of your last period.
At 8 weeks, a baby is typically between 1.5 to 2 CM’S and about the size and shape of a kidney bean. You will be able to see the baby’s heartbeat on an ultrasound scan.


Q. Can you see a baby at 2 weeks on ultrasound?

If you think you are 2 weeks pregnant, you may not be! I know this is confusing but here is the best explanation.
Your pregnancy is counted from the first day of your last period (LMP). So that would be a week or two before you get pregnant! This is the method used by your midwife to work out your due date (EDD)
If you are in the second week of your cycle and are trying to conceive, you might start ovulating in the next few days. If you’re trying to get pregnant, keep your eyes open for signs of ovulation have plenty of sex around the time you expect to ovulate.


Q. What is the best time to have an early pregnancy scan?

The answer to this will vary from woman to woman, however at Mourne Scan Clinic, we only recommend scanning from 6 weeks gestation. This is worked out from the first day of your last period (LMP). This scan starts with an abdominal scan but if we cannot see your baby clearly, we may progress to a transvaginal scan with your consent.
We recommend that the longer you can leave your first scan, the more of your baby you will see. On some occasions, some women may experience bleeding or pain and would like to book scan as early as possible for reassurance.