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” “In these early stages of pregnancy the sonographer may sometimes try an abdominal scan first," says Nigel.

"If they can’t see anything then the next step is to check you are happy to have an internal vaginal scan.

This allows you to see things much more clearly.” Different sonographers will take different approaches, though, so be ready for different options.

Remember that there is no pressure to do this - any scan that you have is your choice.

Unlike an abdominal scan, you don't need a full bladder, so you'll be asked to go for a pee before the scan begins.

We'll let fall3n-ang3l explain what happens next: "You go into the scanning room and you'll be asked to take your trousers/skirt and pants off and put a sheet round you.

You may be able to start to identify the head and body.

They checked for a heartbeat and you could see a flutter and he put the volume on so we could hear it too." Not according to MFMers on our forum.

“Any sooner than this and you’ll almost certainly be asked back for a 2nd scan.

If you’re able to wait until about 7 weeks then we will be able to see the heartbeat very clearly.” As purplebabes on our forum confirms, “I had a scan at 6 weeks which showed a heartbeat.

However, if you are experiencing the signs of an ectopic pregnancy with severe pains in your side, you may be given a very early scan at 5 weeks.

At this stage, it will be possible to see a small pregnancy sac, but if it's an ectopic pregnancy, the sac will sadly be empty and there'll be no heartbeat.

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