Below are scan pictures taken during the early weeks of pregnancy. Measurements taken at these early scans will help to; confirm a pregnancy, date the pregnancy and to see any problems that may occur in the pregnancy ( low lying placenta, twins etc.).
Scans for week:
Scans in early pregnancy are usually performed in the first trimester around 12 weeks. You may have a earlier scan, if you are experiencing pain or bleeding for example or unsure of LMP dates.
Transabdominal ultrasound will provide a panoramic view of the abdomen and pelvis and is noninvasive, whereas transvaginal ultrasound provides a more limited pelvic view and requires insertion of a probe into the vagina.
Transabdominal ultrasound cannot reliably diagnose pregnancies that are less than 6 weeks gestation. Transvaginal ultrasound, by contrast, can detect pregnancies earlier, at approximately 4 ½ to 5 weeks gestation. Prompt diagnosis made possible by transvaginal ultrasound can, therefore, result in earlier treatment.
It is recommended that all pregnant women have a scan in the first trimester, to establish the date when the baby is due, check the number of babies also the position of the placenta.
First trimester ultrasonic scans may show ‘soft’ markers for chromosomal abnormalities, such as the absence of fetal nasal bone or an increased fetal nuchal translucency (back of the neck) to enable detection of Down syndrome fetuses.
While your sonographer takes measurments they will explain what you are looking at. It may not be easy for you to make out what you are seeing on the screen in the early scans. The images below will give you an idea of what can be seen and what they look for at each week; of the first trimester.