Early Pregnancy (6-14 weeks)
The most common reason to have ultrasound in early pregnancy is to ascertain the gestation (age) of the baby and to confirm its well-being (viability).
Preparation: Empty your bladder 90 minutes before your scan appointment time. Over the next 30-45 minutes you need to drink 1 litre of water (approx 6-8 glasses). Do not empty your bladder until after the examination. Your full bladder acts as a ‘window’ to the baby with the sound waves able to pass through the fluid filled bladder and provide clearer images.
What to expect during your scan: In early pregnancy the baby is naturally very small and more difficult to visualise. The sonographer will point out to you as many features as they are able to as they scan you and your baby. If at any point your full bladder is VERY uncomfortable do not hesitate to tell the sonographer, as it may be appropriate for you to relieve some of the pressure in your bladder without compromising the success of the scan.
Following your scan: After the examination you will be able to empty your bladder. At the end of the scan the images are saved and then viewed by a Radiologist. You will (in most instances) be provided with a CD containing your scan images. This CD is for your records. A report will be sent to the clinician that referred you for your scan. This normally occurs within 24 hours but it is often sooner, dependent upon how the referrer prefers to receive their reports.
However if your scan was done urgently a radiologist can make contact directly with the person that referred you to pass on a preliminary report of the findings.