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What To Expect At Your Six-week Ultrasound Appointment

Ultrasound screening for physical abnormalities is usually done during around the fifth month or 20th week of your pregnancy. It is performed by a sonographer or obstetrician, using a fairly advanced ultrasound machine that provides excellent resolution for imaging. The accuracy of scans is about 70% in detecting all abnormalities. Occasionally, the sonographer will see something called a ‘variant’ on the scan. This is a feature picked up by the ultrasound equipment that is not harmful to your baby in itself but can sometimes indicate that there is a chromosomal or genetic condition. Depending on the type and number of variants, you might be offered an amniocentesis.

They are available privately and are often called “bonding” or “souvenir” scans. Please be aware that although such scans can provide memorable images, there is also the possibility of an anomaly being seen. We would not recommend that you choose to have this type of scan instead of a conventional ultrasound scan, as they are not felt to be as effective in providing medical information. Before your scan, you should also prepare yourself for potentially finding out some surprising news, as Jill Flavell did.

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“I was measured at 6+6 (6 weeks and 6 days) when I should have been 8 weeks. Measurements at such an early stage aren’t accurate which is why they wait for 12 weeks to date you. A nuchal translucency scan is an ultrasound scan that helps in estimating your risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormality. During the scan, the sonographer will measure your baby’s length from head to bottom, known as their ‘crown-rump length’ (CRL). This measurement can help estimate your baby’s gestational age and when it is likely to be born. If you think you may need a dating scan to help estimate when your baby is due, speak to your doctor or midwife.

Here’s how four women found their experience of early pregnancy scans. ‘Early pregnancy scans can help in diagnosis and management of early pregnancy complications,’ says Flemming. ‘If you experience pain or bleeding in early pregnancy or have any specific risk factors, an early pregnancy scan will usually be recommended. These scans are not routinely available for pregnant women on the NHS unless there is a medical reason for one.

You might be offered a scan if you have had early bleeding or previous miscarriages. Most scans are performed by a sonographer, who is specially trained to use the ultrasound equipment, to take measurements of your baby and to check for major anomalies. Sonographers are not specialists in obstetrics or fetal medicine, so if something is found you will usually be referred to someone with specialist knowledge. Intelius is another good resource for background checks and people searches. The site sorts through over 20 billion online databases and records to provide you with quality and accurate information.

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Are There Any Drawbacks of Having Dating Scan during Pregnancy?

Partners or others who may plan to support a woman during her labor and delivery learn how to assist in the birth. At our private ultrasound clinic, we offer pregnancy scans from as early as 5-6 weeks gestation in times to suit you as well as private scans for men and women. Some expectant mothers choose to have a 3D ultrasound scan because they show more of a real-life image of the baby. You can have a 3D scan between 26 and 30 weeks of pregnancy – this scan allows your doctor to accurately see the width, height and depth of your baby.

If the pregnancy is implanted in the uterus, it is common that we may not be able to see the baby’s heart beating at this early stage. In some babies the heart movement is just too small for even the most advanced machines and experienced sonographers to detect. The electrical activity does not always start at the same time for every baby and when it starts it is often intermittent.

Your GP, obstetrician or midwife can answer your questions and give you more information on dating your pregnancy and on whether they recommend a dating scan for you. Medicare will cover your dating scan, but there may be out-of-pocket costs depending on where you go for the test. It’s a good idea to ask about fees when you book your appointment. It’s important to have an accurate estimated due date (or EDD) for your baby so you can have the recommended tests at the right time. Knowing how far along you are is also important if your baby is born prematurely, or if you haven’t given birth by your estimated due date and you’re thinking about having your labour induced.

Oh – and my baby is an IVF baby and a scan I had at 16 weeks suggested I conceived a week before the IVF so YES they can be wrong. Get updates on how your baby develops, your body changes, and what you can expect during each week of your pregnancy by signing up to the Mumsnet Pregnancy Newsletters. Went back in two weeks later and measured 11 weeks, which was correct. While the benefits of having a dating scan are obvious, it is important to stay calm.

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I always get “maybe your dates are wrong” but trust me, they’re not. My kids grow really big in the beginning and then pop out small! My 3yo was measuring a full week ahead and was only 6lb9oz at birth. And yet, bizarrely, after your dating scan at 12 weeks, your due date can get less accurate the more pregnant you get.