Following our first midwife appointment we both knew we needed to be sure the pregnancy was running as smoothly as possible and being so early in the game it’s hard to know if what you’re feeling is right and you’re doing everything correctly. Our midwife mentioned the opportunity of an early scan which can be booked through private clinics in the area, although at a cost. In that moment, Chris and I looked at each other and we knew pretty much straight away that we would want to go ahead with this. Knowing that everything was ok was top of our priority list and if that came at a cost then so be it.
The next day, we searched for a few clinics in our local area and surprisingly there were more than I expected. We managed to get an appointment that same day – amazing! The total cost was £99 which included eight scan pictures too. When we found out the price we weren’t sure whether to go for it or not, but for peace of mind it was becoming more tempting. My parents were fortunately able to help us out with this and paid for us to have the scan, which we’re so very grateful for. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the very first time, and although at eight weeks baby is only the size of a blueberry, seeing and knowing that the small dot on the screen in front of you will very soon be in your arms was incredible.
If you’re even slightly considering having an early scan and can afford to – I would seriously recommend doing so. There is nothing quite like the feeling of relief knowing that everything is running as smoothly as it should be. Of course, not everyone can afford to opt for an early pregnancy scan but if you’ve had multiple miscarriages you may be entitled to one on the NHS so that’s worth checking out.
Have you had an early pregnancy scan? How did you find the experience?