Think so, i think most people just happily go along to their first 12 week scan just thinking it's a purely a dating scan.
You are first referred for a seven week ultrasound, the first of many types of ultrasound, ask your gp or maternity care provider who has the best reputation for quality scan results.
A dating and viability scan, between six and nine weeks and an early morphology scan or nt scan between 11 and 13 weeks.
Around seven weeks of pregnancy, its reasonably common for women to have their first ultrasound.
Between 11 and 13 weeks, and preferably at 12 weeks, you will probably have a nuchal translucency scan.
They said that it was hospital policy not to have more than one person in the room, and mum then turned round and said, 'well, i'm sorry' she said, 'my daughter feels you're treating her like an idiot'.
You know about your family history then, before you went for the scan or did it only come up afterwards when somebody said, 'oh, yeah, we've got twins too'?
Waiting for this can be worrying but remember that most pregnancies are successful and you will probably find all is well when you go back for a second scan.
The scan will be carried out by a sonographer, who is trained in performing scans and knowing what to look out for.
Screening for down's syndrome & other chromosomal abnormalities: nuchal translucency scan & blood test (being told something may be wrong).
When will you have a dating scan
Dating scan is generally done for women who:are unsure about the date of their last normal menstrual period.
But she was really good, and as she was scanning me she was talking to the baby and saying, 'oh god, he's a cheeky little thing, he's jumping up and down' and it just really made me feel at ease.
For some people, the dating scan is the point when they discover that their baby has not survived.
Out that, you know, talking to the person, the head radiologist in [city] who dealt with neural tube problems, he said that it could have been picked up from 12 weeks, at the dating scan, if it was being looked for.
And i, you would think that i would never go near a scan again, considering the bad news that i've had from them but i think it's just, it's a lot of people's lifeline to know that - well, it's the only way that they can find out.
Women who are breastfeeding and although they may not have resumed menstruating, have conceived again.
Is a scan or ultrasound which determines your expected date of confinement (edc) based on the development of the embryo.
Wasn't totally thinking, 'there is something wrong here', because i hadn't, it was the first scan i'd ever been for, so i wasn't, i wasn't totally aware that there was something wrong.
Was 11 weeks pregnant but my doctor said me that my baby is not growing and doesn't have a heart beat.
A suspected ectopic pregnancy is the only good reason to have a scan before six weeks.
When to have first dating scan
Royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologists (rcog) have produced a report on termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality in england, scotland and wales (2010).
Although you don't need a scan to confirm a pregnancy, having one in the early weeks will:Check if your baby is in the right position inside the uterus.
Rescanning in a week or two may reveal a second heartbeat, or the scan may show that one sac is growing and the other is still empty.
A blighted ovum or missed miscarriage has been diagnosed, you will have the choice of letting nature take its course or having a minor operation.
My mum wasn't actually in the room at the time because you, they only, the hospital only allow you to have one person in the room with you at the time.
You know, they must have spotted something and it was while they were gathering people together and making appointments with consultants and things for me.
It is essential that all practitioners performing fetal anomaly ultrasound screening should be trained to communicate abnormal findings to women, as such information is likely to have significant emotional impact.
Should have your first pregnancy ultrasound scan in between 10 weeks and 13 weeks pregnant, but it can vary on a couple of other factors including where you live and how youve been up to the 12th week of pregnancy.
There is any doubt whatsoever, the scan should be repeated in a week or two.
And that's a difficult, i can see how for a gp that's hard, if i go and i say, 'i've found i'm pregnant,' and to say "well, you know, this is, you'll have a scan then but you must be aware that" - i know that's really hard and that people - when i've just said that, you know, i was feeling so elated and that it was very sort of mundane, but actually they could've explained why they were being quite mundane about it, i think and just sort of saying, i don't know, i think.
Things to do before dating scan
It did feel very much of, 'yes, you're the next on my list of people to scan'.
Just thinking back to that first scan, what was that experience like, and how was the news communicated to you?
When you have a scan, the findings are inconclusive and you may be asked to go back for a second scan.
You're having an abdominal scan, you will need to have a full bladder, so it's best to drink lots of water before you arrive.
Theres any cause for concern then you may be recommended to have the scan before the 12-week mark, and your midwife will be able to assist you with this.
She has heard that the baby's anencephaly in her first pregnancy could have been detected earlier, at 12 weeks.
Is possible that you might miss your first scan if you do not meet your doctor as soon as you find out you pregnant, or if you only discover that you are expecting a bit late.
Dating scan cannot usually provide an assessment of the risk of the baby having down's syndrome, but occasionally it can detect very obvious problems.
And she started getting quite aggressive towards me and kind of in her, the way she was talking to me, and i kind of got a bit upset about this and said, 'look, you know, i want you to do an internal scan, and if you can't see the baby properly i'm happy for you to do that.
Trusts must ensure that they provide a dating scan, and an 18- 20 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan, in line with nice and uk national screening committee recommendations (uk screening portal 2010).
When to have a pregnancy dating scan
'and actually watching the scan, what were your feelings when you were sitting there together?
And she then turned it round and said, 'i'm sorry, but we have feelings too.
Had no idea the 12-week dating scan could detect problems, and felt completely unprepared for the possibility of bad news in her first pregnancy.
Women who have been given distressing news about their baby during the scan, there should be a health professional available to provide immediate support.
Scans can be inconclusive and not all pregnancies are exactly the same, there are very strict guidelines for scans in early pregnancy.
Your doctor wants you to have a scan earlier than 10 weeks of pregnancy, you will have a transvaginal scan.
My husband, on the other hand, was quite relieved to see there was only one, because he was of the opinion that one would have to be sold because we wouldn't be able to afford two!
Is possible though that when you have another scan, your doctor still cannot detect a heartbeat.
Thinking you'd go for a scan but not for other screening, were you kind of separating out the purpose of a scan?
However, if the doctor needs to check your cervix (mouth of uterus and birth canal), a transvaginal scan may be done as it is more accurate.
When do you have dating scan
Sonographer will be able to answer any questions you have on the day and will talk you through the process.
Combined results of this test combined with a nuchal translucency scan will be used to calculate the chance of your baby developing downs syndrome.
If your menstrual cycle is irregular or you don't remember the first day of your last period, an ultrasound scan can tell exactly how far into your pregnancy you are.
And i think the husband is always, in every scan i've ever had, the husband is sort of like just someone that sits in the corner and is there to offer a bit of support.
The 12-week scan is performed at the same time as the booking-in visit with the midwife, so there has been little time to discuss beforehand what might happen.
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We were just quite happy, just joking and laughing, saying, 'oh, hopefully this is, you know, not - we're not going to have many visits to the hospital', because neither of us really liked hospitals.
With other scans, most women (and their partners) found it enjoyable and reassuring, and were relieved to see there really was a baby.
We were scanned by a, i think she was a student scanner who immediately said, 'i've got to go and get someone else.
Even though i was definitely nervous, because i thought, you know, it might have died or something, you know.
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If i have to turn round and tell more than one person in the room that you have a problem with your baby, it's not fair on me.
Six weeks, the scan is done to:Check if the embryonic sac is intra-uterine (embedded inside the womb)see the number of fetussee the heart beatgive an accurate expected due date.
A mother who did not discover until 20 weeks that her baby's brain was not formed (anencephaly) had since heard that the condition can sometimes be picked up at the dating scan, although it was not in her case.
The nurse or assisting staff will usually cover your legs with a sheet while the scan is happening.
I mean, i'd heard people saying, 'oh, you know, you're so moved' and i thought, you know, because i've seen it, when people show me scans i've thought, 'i can't make that out', and they say, 'there's the baby' and i think, 'oh right, okay.
I always had it in my head that it was going to go wrong, and even with the pregnancy that went on to my son, i still, every time i had a scan, i always thought this is the one where they're going to tell me that the baby has died.
An abdominal scan, the doctor will put some (usually very cold) gel on your tummy.
Now that, you know, you kind of think, 'well, 12 weeks, that's, okay, that's early, but if i'd known at 12 weeks then i wouldn't have had to go through 8 weeks of not knowing and then have the heartbreak of it at 20 weeks'.
Scan will be booked for you by your doctor or midwife and will usually take place at your local hospitals ultrasound department.