If no fetal heartbeat is detected at this time, your medical professional will likely advise you to come back for another ultrasound in one to two weeks to check for a heartbeat again. You may have gone to your doctor with vaginal bleeding or you may be anxious because of problems in a previous pregnancy such as miscarriage. The aim is always to check on the health of you and your baby, but it can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to confirm that your pregnancy is healthy in this case your scan is often called a viability scan and to calculate the date when your baby is due usually referred to as a dating scan. If you are suffering with any of these symptoms, please contact the MUMS Practice to arrange an appointment on It involves scanning with the ultrasound probe lying in the vagina. The endometrium the lining of the uterus where the pregnancy will grow should appear thick and secretory.
And another ultrasound weeks into your pregnancy will be able to give you even more detail.
How legit are dating scans at 6/8 weeks?
You will always have a choice about whether transvaginal ultrasound is performed. We usually get better images during transabdominal ultrasound if the bladder is partially filled, so to help your examination we ask you to drink water prior to the assessment. The earlier the ultrasound is done, the more accurate it is at estimating the baby's due date.