We are pleased to announce our new Early Pregnancy Service. If you have concerns early in your pregnancy, or are experiencing bleeding or pain or just want some reassurance, our Early Pregnancy Service provides the highest quality of care, advice and understanding at this stressful time.
Dr Karen Joash, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at The Portland Hospital, answers questions about some common concerns during early pregnancy.
Is it common for women to experience bleeding in early pregnancies?
Bleeding in pregnancy is common and around 20% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage. It is often a cause of great distress until a medical assessment has confirmed the pregnancy is fine. It is a time when many women need additional support and follow-up scans - after the initial scan - are usually necessary, even if the first scan is okay.
Is it normal to experience discomfort/ pain?
Mild discomfort is a frequent complaint as the ligaments stretch. Period pain or moderate to severe pain is a cause for concern and may be a sign that the pregnancy is not in the womb (which is described as an ectopic pregnancy) or that a miscarriage is about to occur.
When should I be concerned about pain/ discomfort?
Persistent pain and pain that is increasing is a cause for concern and requires assessment by a doctor as soon as possible. If it associated with heavy bleeding, dizziness, fainting or shoulder tip pain, the patient requires immediate assessment to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. If a fever is present, emergency review is needed to rule out an infection.
The Portland has a dedicated team of experienced sonographers and our consultants will provide you with personal care to suit your needs.
Our service offers a range of ultrasound examinations and antenatal screening tests including:
- Anatomy, growth and Doppler examinations
- The combined test (screening for Down’s Syndrome)
- Non-invasive prenatal tests (screening for Down’s, Edwards and Patau’s Syndrome)
- Invasive tests (Chorionic Villus sampling and Amniocentesis)
You can self-refer or ask your consultant obstetrician, GP or midwife to refer you. If a medical professional refers you, a report will be sent to them after your appointment
Please contact us on the number below to make an appointment. You do not need to be booked at The Portland Hospital to access our Early Pregnancy Service.
Early Pregnancy Service
0207 390 6199
Same day appointments available
The Portland Hospital’s Early Pregnancy Service is located at 212 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QN.
If necessary, following your scan we can arrange further investigations and a consultation with a consultant gynaecologist.