Dating scan for baby

Published: 03.12.2017

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Are you expecting just one baby, or could it be twins or gulp even more?

For most mums-to-be, the first scan will be a dating scan at between 10 weeks and 13 weeks plus six days of pregnancy (NICE 2008). This is sometimes known as the 12 week scan. However, the timing of your first scan will also depend on how your pregnancy is going, and where you live.

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If you have more than one ultrasound during your pregnancy, giving you 'multiple dates', then the earliest ultrasound estimate should be used, because it will be more accurate. A dating scan sometimes called a booking scan will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are and if you are having one or more babies.

Dating and growth in the first trimester. Ask a question or share your story Start a post. The remaining balance of your scan package is to be paid on the day of your scan. It's used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby's development.

What happens at a scan and what will they tell me?

All pregnant women are offered an ultrasound scan at around weeks of pregnancy. Having a scan in pregnancy is usually a happy event, but be aware that ultrasound scans may detect some serious abnormalities, so you should be prepared for that information. I'm going in tomorrow to see my ob and hopefully get a scan to date the pregnancy properly. The health of the placenta They will look at the placenta itself and will take note of its position, which may have implications for later in the pregnancy.

I have medical insurance; can I claim for my scans? Can I bring my partner or a friend to the scan?

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