Warning: Do Not Book an Early Pregnancy Scan Until You've Read This...

Dear Friend,

If you’re suffering from pain, bleeding, anxiety, a previous miscarriage...

... or if you’re considering a private early pregnancy scan for any other reason...

... this could be the most important message you ever read.


Actually, there are three reasons:

• Reason 1: A private early pregnancy scan is not always the best answer

• Reason 2: The timing of an early pregnancy scan is critical

• Reason 3: Delaying care can be life-threatening

Sound extreme?

Well, pain and bleeding are sometimes normal. 

But they can also be symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy.

And if it’s the latter, delaying action by a single day can be dangerous.

Here’s the problem.

It’s really hard to know which early pregnancy symptoms are normal…

It’s equally hard to know what you should do (if anything)…

And the absence of symptoms—or not having seen your baby yet—can be just as scary!

In fact, I’ve been an obstetric sonographer for over 8 years…

… and scanned women with every worry, symptom and complication under the sun.

But when I was pregnant with my daughter Mabel, I was so sick I had to take two weeks off work.

Although I knew sickness was normal in early pregnancy…

I worried that the nutrients Mabel needed were being flushed down the toilet.

As I looked forward to my first NHS scan, 12 weeks seemed like an agonisingly long time to wait.

Of course, as a sonographer, I could have scanned myself...

But I was frightened of what I might see.

So in the end, I decided to have a private early pregnancy scan.

My point?

Well, whether you’ve had symptoms or not, I understand that early pregnancy can be nerve-wracking.

Sadly, it's impossible to know for certain whether all is ok until you’ve had an ultrasound scan.

But as I mentioned, a private early scan is not always the best answer...

You may, for example, be eligible for additional NHS scans. You may be better off going to A&E or speaking to your midwife.

I also said that the timing of an early scan is critical...

That’s because a scan can only detect a pregnancy from 6 weeks. So  what happens if you’re estimated due date is inaccurate?

I really wish there was a one-size-fits-all answer.

I’m afraid there isn’t — but I can try to help you figure out what to do.

When I first opened Sneak-A-Peek Ultrasound, I would speak to women individually and help them decide what to do about their early pregnancy worries.

But as the business has grown, my time has become more limited and I no longer have the capacity to do this for everyone.

So what I’ve done over the last 6 months is take that previously one-on-one process and turn it into a free online quiz. Here's how it works.

Simply answer a few questions and get a custom report and recommendation based on your circumstances.

It’s quick. It’s easy. And it’s totally free of cost or obligation.

Sound helpful?

If so, click the button below to start the quiz:
P.S. If you've already decided to have an early scan and you're just considering your options — please take the quiz. 

It will help you avoid increasing your anxiety by having a scan at the wrong time or by choosing a low quality scan.

You will also be presented with a special offer for a scan at Sneak-A-Peek Ultrasound, including fast and easy booking instructions.

Thanks for reading and take care.

Maria Birch.
Pictured with her daughter Mabel, Maria Birch has been supporting pregnant women for over 8 years as an obstetric sonographer for the NHS and Sneak-A-Peek Ultrasound. She is registered with the HCPC and CQC.
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