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10 Week Scan

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Early Pregnancy Scan Costs

The early pregnancy scan includes photographs and a computerised report. Your sonographer will answer any questions you may have.

10 – 12 weeks – 10-17 weeks – €160


What Is Involved?

Early pregnancy scans will:

  • confirm the presence of the baby’s heartbeat
  • calculate the gestational age
  • look for multiples (twins, triplets etc)
  • site the pregnancy
  • to confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus


42″ Ultrasound Scan Screen

The ultrasound is available for you to view on a 42” screen which is located on the wall at the end of the ultrasound couch. This allows you to view the images produced by the transducer. At this stage in pregnancy it may not be easy for you to make out what you are seeing on screen but the sonographer will explain what you are looking at.



10 Week Scan in Pregnancy - What You Need to Know

A 10-week ultrasound scan is performed ten weeks into a pregnancy by a medical professional known as a sonographer. This pregnancy scan is also known as the dating scan, as it can help to determine the due date of the baby. At this early stage, it is usually the first opportunity for parents to see their baby, and it can be an exciting time.

What happens during the ten week scan?

During this early pregnancy scan, the sonographer will measure the baby’s width (biparietal diameter) and length (crown-rump length) to calculate the gestational age. They will also check for any birth defects or abnormalities.

When you are 10-weeks pregnant, this scan is considered to be a very accurate way to date a pregnancy, and it is usually recommended for women who are unsure of their last menstrual period.

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How is baby’s growth at ten weeks?

At ten weeks, your baby is about the size of a grapefruit. fetal development is happening at an amazing rate, and all of their major organs and systems are now in place. Baby’s eyes are fully formed, and they can even tell the difference between light and dark. Their tiny toes and fingers are complete, and their bones are beginning to harden.

Baby’s brain is also growing rapidly, and they can now hear sounds from the outside world

Baby’s brain is also growing rapidly, and they can now hear sounds from the outside world. As fetal development continues, your baby will continue to grow and develop at an astounding rate. By the end of this week, they will be about three inches long and weigh around one ounce. fetal development is an amazing process to witness, and you can learn more about it by talking to your healthcare provider.

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Where is baby’s head at ten weeks?

At ten weeks, his or her head is now proportionate to the rest of his or her body. The bones of the skull are beginning to fuse together, but they’re still soft enough to allow baby’s head to change shape as he or she moves through the birth canal. Baby’s eyes are also fully formed at this point, and he or she may even be able to see the light from outside the womb.

Although the head is quite big in comparison to the rest of his or her body, there’s still plenty of space for baby to grow and develop. In just a few short weeks, baby will be ready to enter the world and start exploring all that it has to offer.

Will baby’s heartbeat be detectable during my early ultrasound scan at ten weeks?

The answer to this question may depend on a number of factors, including the baby’s position in the womb and the type of ultrasound technology being used. However, in general, it is usually possible to detect a heartbeat during an early ultrasound scan at ten weeks.

The heartbeat is typically detectable via transvaginal ultrasound

The heartbeat is typically detectable via transvaginal ultrasound, which is when an ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina.

These types of ultrasound scans provide a clear view of the baby and the surrounding tissues. In some cases, the heartbeat may also be detectable via abdominal ultrasound, although this may be more difficult to see. If you are concerned about whether or not your baby’s heartbeat will be detectable during your early ultrasound scan, it is best to speak to your doctor or midwife.

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Do I need a full bladder for my early dating scan?

A full bladder is not necessary for your early dating scan. This scan is done to confirm the gestational age of your baby, and a full bladder can interfere with this. However, you may be asked to drink a small amount of water before the scan so that your uterus is more visible.

The sonographer will then be able to see your baby more clearly. You should not worry about having to use the restroom during your scan, as the sonographer will gladly pause the scan if you need to go.

What is the role of amniotic fluid in the first trimester?

Amniotic fluid is a magical substance that helps to keep your baby safe and protected during pregnancy. In the first trimester, it helps to cushion and support your baby as they grow and develop. It also provides nutrients and oxygen, and helps to regulate the temperature inside the womb.

As your baby grows, they will start to swallow and urinate amniotic fluid

As your baby grows, they will start to swallow and urinate amniotic fluid, which helps to form the digestive system and urinary tract. It also plays an important role in keeping your baby’s skin healthy and hydrated. By the end of the first trimester, amniotic fluid levels will start to decline as your baby’s internal organs mature.

When is the first early ultrasound during the first trimester?

Your first pregnancy scan will usually take place when you’re around eight weeks pregnant. This is known as your dating scan, and it’s used to calculate your due date. The scan is carried out in a dark room so that the sonographer can get a clear view of your baby on the screen.

You’ll be asked to lie on your back on an examination table and your stomach will be uncovered. Gel will be applied to your stomach and a handheld scanner will be passed over your skin.

The scan usually takes around 20 minutes, although it can take longer if there are multiple babies or if the baby is positioned in a way that makes it difficult to see. You may be given a picture of your baby at the end of the scan.

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Why do pregnant women go for scans?

Many pregnant ladies go for scans, which help to provide crucial information about the development of their baby. Scans can help to detect any abnormalities or problems with the baby’s development, and they can also give parents an estimate of how far along the pregnancy is.

Check the position of the placenta and baby

In addition, ultrasound scans can provide information about the position of the baby and the placenta, and they can help to detect multiple pregnancies. For many pregnant women, scans are an essential part of monitoring their pregnancy and ensuring that their baby is healthy and developing normally.

What chromosomal abnormalities do I need to be concerned about?

Chromosomal abnormalities can cause a variety of health problems in both children and adults. Some common chromosomal abnormalities include Down syndrome, trisomy 18, and Klinefelter syndrome.

These disorders can cause developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and physical abnormalities. In some cases, they can also lead to serious medical conditions such as heart defects or cancer.

It is important to be aware of the risks associated with these disorders and to get regular check-ups to ensure that your child is developing normally. If you are concerned about a possible chromosomal abnormality, please speak to your doctor.

Which ultrasound scan checks for Down Syndrome?

There are two types of ultrasound scans that can be used to check for Down’s Syndrome. The first is called a nuchal translucency scan, and it is typically done at around 12 weeks of pregnancy. This ultrasound scan measures the clear space at the back of the baby’s neck, and it can be an indication of this anomaly.

The second type of scan is called an abdominal ultrasound, and it is typically done at around 20 weeks of pregnancy. This scan gives a more detailed view of the baby’s anatomy, and it can be used to look for specific physical characteristics associated with this condition. If either of these scans shows a possible concern, then further testing will be required to confirm the diagnosis.

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What pregnancy symptoms should make me feel concerned?

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life, but it can also be a bit of a roller coaster. From morning sickness and fatigue to mood swings and food cravings, there are a variety of symptoms that can make the experience feel overwhelming at times.

However, it’s important to remember that not all of these are cause for concern. In fact, many symptoms are perfectly normal and simply a sign that your body is going through some major changes.

Contact your doctor immediately when any of these occur

That said, there are a few pregnancy symptoms that should make you feel concerned and warrant a call to your doctor. These include vaginal bleeding, severe abdominal pain, persistent headaches, and visual changes such as blurred vision or spots in your field of vision. If you experience any of these symptoms during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to give your doctor a call. They can help you determine whether or not the symptom is cause for concern.

What about vaginal discharge during early pregnancy?

During the first trimester, vaginal discharge is normal and helps to keep the vaginal area clean and free of infection. The amount of discharge may increase as pregnancy progresses, and it may be heavier or thinner in consistency than usual. Some women also experience a change in color, such as a brownish or yellowish tinge.

If you notice any unusual changes in your vaginal discharge, it is important to contact your healthcare provider. In most cases, vaginal discharge during early pregnancy is nothing to worry about. However, it can sometimes be a sign of an infection, so it is best to err on the side of caution.

What are ectopic pregnancies and when do they occur?

An ectopic pregnancy is one that implant outside the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. This can happen if the egg is fertilised by sperm outside the womb, or if the fertilised egg doesn’t make it down the fallopian tube into the uterus.

While it’s not clear exactly why this happens, there are a few risk factors that seem to be associated with this including: a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, a history of ectopic pregnancies, smoking, and the use of fertility drugs. If this isn’t treated, it can be life-threatening for both mother and baby.

Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include: abdominal pain, shoulder pain, light vaginal bleeding, and dizziness or fainting. If you think you may be experiencing this it’s important to see a doctor immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for a positive outcome.

What scans can I have during my second trimester?

There are a few different scans that you may have during your second trimester. A later dating scan can be helpful if you’re unsure about when you conceived. It’s also useful in calculating your due date.

An anomaly scan, also known as a mid-pregnancy scan, is usually carried out between 18 and 21 weeks. It’s used to check for any physical abnormalities in your baby.

A growth scan is often carried out later in pregnancy, from 28 weeks onwards. This is to check that your baby is growing at a healthy rate.


Book An Early Pregnancy Scan

The first trimester scan is usually undertaken between six and twelve weeks of gestational age. It’s better to leave this scan until after seven weeks if it all possible as we’ll get the most accurate information from it. The reasons that we undertake this scan is to determine if the baby’s heartbeat is present, how many babies are present in the uterus and to give you an accurate estimated date of delivery. It’s also a very important time to do the scan if there’s any fear that the pregnancy might be located in one of the fallopian tubes, also called an ectopic pregnancy. So a scan at this gestational age will determine where the pregnancy is sited.

Early Pregnancy Scans FAQs

What Can I Expect At My Early Pregnancy Scan at Merrion Ultrasound?

A full bladder is required for this scan. On occasions, it will be necessary for an internal ultrasound examination to be performed. On occasions, it is possible that you will receive an inconclusive scan result. This is normally due to the fact that it is simply too early to see the pregnancy or the pregnancy is not growing as it should.

If, at your appointment it is not possible to confirm whether your pregnancy is ongoing or not we will recommend that you be rescanned in 7 – 10 days’ time. There will be a charge of €60.00 for subsequent Early Pregnancy/Reassurance scans. A scan in early pregnancy is usually performed in the first trimester between 6 – 12 weeks gestation. You may be having a scan for a number of reasons including confirmation of the EDD (estimated date of delivery), to confirm the pregnancy or just for peace of mind. You may have a scan earlier than this if you are experiencing complications in the pregnancy such as bleeding.

When arriving at Merrion Ultrasound you will be met by a member of our Administration Team. If it is your first time with us you will be asked to complete a registration form. You will then be directed to our waiting room where you will await your sonographer. Your sonographer will meet with you in the waiting area and take you to the ultrasound room. Your registration details will be confirmed with by the sonographer before the ultrasound procedure begins.

There are two types of early pregnancy scans; an abdominal scan and a transvaginal scan. An abdominal scan is performed by placing the transducer onto the abdomen of the patient. A lubricating gel is used to facilitate the scan. The process of abdominal scan is non invasive and painless. You will be required to have a full bladder for an early pregnancy scan. Drinking about one pint of water one hour beforehand is normally sufficient to fill the bladder but stop drinking if you start to feel uncomfortable. A transvaginal ultrasound can detect earlier pregnancies. It is often necessary for the sonographer to perform a transvaginal scan (TVS) in very early pregnancy. A TVS involves the insertion of a probe into the vagina. Transvaginal ultrasound gives a much clearer and enhanced view. If the sonographer feels it necessary to proceed to a TVS the procedure will be discussed with you and your permission sought. Like an abdominal ultrasound, a TVS is not painful but maybe a little uncomfortable and possibly a little embarrassing.

What Will The Sonographer Check?

When the early pregnancy scan is being performed your sonographer will:

  • calculate the gestational age
  • check for a fetal heart
  • determine the estimated date of delivery
  • look for multiples
  • will check to exclude an ectopic pregnancy

The ultrasound is available for you to view on a 42” screen which is located on the wall at the end of the ultrasound couch. This allows you to view the images produced by the transducer. At this stage in pregnancy it may not be easy for you to make out what you are seeing on screen but the sonographer will explain what you are looking at.

It is our aim to make your visit with us as relaxing, enjoyable and as stress free as possible. If you have any questions before, during the early pregnancy scan or after your visit please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff and we would be delighted to assist with your query.

Can you see a 2 week pregnancy on ultrasound?

It can be possible to site a gestational sac as early as three weeks from conception, which is five gestational weeks of pregnancy. If a sac is not present, it could be that the mother-to-be has ovulated later than normal. If tests show that the HcG is 1100, an ultrasound may be repeated a few days later. In most cases ultrasound is not carried out at such an early stage.

Can you see the baby at 4 weeks?

At four weeks of gestational pregnancy, the ball-like formation of cells is forming into embryo (the stage before fetus) and placenta. Therefore if an ultrasound were to take place, the gestational sac may show, looking a bit similar to a tiny dot. In most cases ultrasound is not carried out at such an early stage

What can be seen on ultrasound at 5 weeks?

At five gestational weeks of pregnancy, three weeks from conception, it is possible to see the tiny dot, which is the gestational sac. In most cases ultrasound is not carried out at such an early stage.

Can you feel an unborn baby’s heartbeat?

During pregnancy, you may think you feel your unborn baby’s heartbeat, when your blood vessels in your tummy pulsate. This is a common mistake to make. However you don’t actually feel baby’s heartbeat at all during pregnancy.

Can I have a scan at 6 weeks?

Generally this is the earliest a scan will be performed. The six weeks are dated from the date (first day) of your LMP (last menstrual period). Your medical team will recommend a scan if you have experienced pain, bleeding or any other symptoms, that mean that it will be better to confirm viability (if your pregnancy is viable, meaning that your unborn baby has a heartbeat).

Can you see the heartbeat at 6 weeks?

The heartbeat of an embryo normally starts off at six weeks of gestational pregnancy (dated from the first day of your LMP). This is detected by carrying out a transvaginal ultrasound. Sometimes it isn’t possible to detect your embryo’s heartbeat until around seven or eight weeks of gestational pregnancy. So you may need to attend the clinic for another scan.

Can you see a baby on an ultrasound at 7 weeks?

In general by seven weeks it should be possible to confirm your embryo’s heartbeat, although in some cases it may only be possible to detect the following week.

What week do you find out the gender of the baby?

If you choose to find out your baby’s gender, then this can normally be detected between week sixteen and week twenty. However this will depend on how the ultrasound goes, in terms of the sonographer being able to see the baby’s genitalia. This depends on how baby is positioned.


Nuchal Translucency

12-14 weeks


Anatomy Survey

21-22 weeks


Later Dating

10-17 weeks


Gender Scan

19 weeks onwards


Growth & Well Being

22 weeks onwards


Post Dates & Liquor

40 weeks onwards

Benefits of Going For A 10 Week Pregnancy Scan

Going for a 10-week pregnancy scan, which is typically performed during the first trimester, offers several benefits for expectant parents. Here are some of the advantages:

Detailed assessment of fetal development: At 10 weeks, the fetus has undergone significant development since the earlier stages of pregnancy. The scan can provide a detailed assessment of the fetal anatomy, including the head, limbs, organs, and spine. This information helps identify any potential abnormalities or concerns.

Confirmation of fetal viability: Seeing a healthy and active fetus with a strong heartbeat during the 10-week scan provides reassurance about the viability of the pregnancy. It can help alleviate anxiety and provide a sense of relief for expectant parents.

Determining gestational age and due date: The 10-week scan helps accurately determine the gestational age of the fetus and establish a more precise due date. This information is crucial for proper prenatal care, scheduling future scans, and monitoring the growth and development of the fetus throughout the pregnancy.

Assessment of risk factors: The 10-week scan can assess certain risk factors associated with chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome. The nuchal translucency (NT) measurement, which measures the thickness of fluid at the back of the baby’s neck, can be taken during this scan. Combined with other factors like maternal age and blood tests, this measurement helps estimate the risk of certain genetic conditions.

Screening for abnormalities: In some cases, the 10-week scan may be used as part of a comprehensive prenatal screening process to identify potential abnormalities or conditions in the fetus. This can include screening for structural abnormalities, neural tube defects, or other genetic disorders.

Early intervention and management: Detecting potential issues or abnormalities early in pregnancy allows for timely intervention and management. It provides healthcare providers with an opportunity to develop appropriate care plans, make referrals to specialists if necessary, and provide necessary support for expectant parents.

Emotional bonding and involvement: Seeing the fetus on the ultrasound screen and hearing the heartbeat during the 10-week scan can be an emotionally significant experience for expectant parents. It enhances the sense of connection and involvement in the pregnancy journey and may strengthen the bond between parents and the developing baby.

It’s important to remember that the specific details and benefits of the 10-week scan may vary based on individual circumstances, medical history, and healthcare provider protocols. Consulting with your healthcare provider is essential to understand the specific benefits and purposes of the scan in your particular situation.

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What Our Patients Say

Gráinne Macken

This is my second visit to Merrion Fetal, I was very pleased on both occasions. Lovely quiet waiting room, appointment was on time. The 20-week scan is very detailed we enjoyed watching our baby on the large TV screen. We got some beautiful photos. The nurse was very pleasant and talked us through all the measurements and anatomy. I would highly recommend this scanning clinic.”

Áine Gibney

I had the best experience at the Merrion Fetal Health clinic for my 20-week big scan. The staff were so friendly and so nice and the lovely lady who did my ultrasound scan was amazing. She was so thoroughgoing to absolutely everything and gave me such reassurance on how my baby was growing and developing. I would recommend any Mother to be to attend here if you are looking for a comfortable, reassuring and super pleasant experience.”

Linda O'Sullivan

Highly recommend! We had an early scan due to a little scare at the start of pregnancy and then another at 12 weeks to make sure all was good again. Helen who was scanning on both days was fantastic. We felt totally relaxed and un-rushed while she took her time finding the best angle of baby to get us the clearest pictures as keepsakes all while making sure everything was perfect with baby. She reassured us throughout and I can honestly say it was the best money we ever spent getting both scans done.

Please let Helen know we are 18 weeks now and flying along Highly recommend!



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