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“I had an internal scan at around 8 weeks and the heartbeat was visible then.I could see the tiny baby and it already had little stumps where arms and legs would be but it still had a yolk in the sac like a bird!

You go in the corner of the room and they put a curtain round you to do this.

However, if you are experiencing the signs of an ectopic pregnancy with severe pains in your side, you may be given a very early scan at 5 weeks.

At this stage, it will be possible to see a small pregnancy sac, but if it's an ectopic pregnancy, the sac will sadly be empty and there'll be no heartbeat.

However, in most cases if it’s reassurance you’re looking for, you’ll need to pay for a scan privately.” Your baby is developing really quickly during these early weeks and so your baby will look very different each week in an early scan: 6 weeks - Your baby will just be visible and measure around 0.5mm. 7 weeks (see pic above) – Your baby will be about 1cm with a heartbeat of about 160 beats per minute.

8 weeks - Your baby is growing at about 1mm a day, and will now measure around 1.6cm.

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