Early Pregnancy Assessment

What is early pregnancy?

Early pregnancy refers to the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, during which your baby matures faster compared to the other trimesters. At our practice, our early pregnancy specialists are able to offer you a reassurance scan at 6-7 weeks for peace of mind. The early pregnancy scan serves to show how many babies there are, the estimated delivery date and detect the fetal heartbeat. The scan can also show if the pregnancy is ectopic (outside of the womb).

During your consultation, we will provide you with advice regarding the next steps. If you do not wish to continue the pregnancy, we will be able to discuss the options available to you.

Whatever your decisions are, our team are here to guide and support you.

What to expect from your appointment:

  • Consultation with one of our female consultant gynaecologists

  • Thorough medical history

  • Measurement of your height, weight and blood pressure

  • Urine test for signs of infection or protein

  • Pelvic examination

  • Transvaginal ultrasound scan

  • Notification of results

  • Written medical report which can be posted or emailed to yourself and health professional(s) of your choice

  • Prescription arrangement if required

  • Follow up advise if required

  • If you wish to continue your antenatal care with Miss Claire Mellon, we will organise blood tests and refer you to Ultrasound Diagnostic Services for the NIPT (non-invasive pre-natal test) and a more detailed scan.

Bleeding and Pain in Early Pregnancy

It is common for women to experience abdominal pain or bleeding during the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy. We recognise this can be very distressing and will assess you promptly should this happen.

For the majority of women, there is no harm to the baby and the pregnancy continues. However, for some women, these symptoms are signs of complications with the pregnancy.

Unfortunately, 1 in 5 pregnancies end with a miscarriage and 1 in 100 pregnancies are ectopic (where the pregnancy implants outside of the uterus). Sadly neither of these are viable pregnancies.

At our practice, we are able to diagnose both miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies and manage them according to your individual situation either conservatively, medically or surgically.

Get in touch with our helpful team