Early pregnancy scan

Routine Antenatal Care and Schedule of Visits. She will also discuss your blood results. The main purpose of this scan is to check that there are no physical abnormalities. You will be offered more blood tests. You will be offered your first anti-D treatment if you are rhesus negative. Whooping cough vaccine will be discussed, this ideally should be given between now and 32 weeks pregnant, but may be given up to 38 weeks of pregnancy. Your midwife will discuss the importance of talking to your baby and forming a relationship. She will review and discuss the results of screening tests undertaken at 28 weeks. She will give you information about preparing for labour and birth, including how to recognise active labour, ways of coping with pain in labour and she will discuss your birth plan with you. She will also discuss perineal massage.

Ultrasound scans

Skip to content. Skip to navigation. This appointment is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions and normally takes about an hour. Your GP should listen to your heart and lungs as part of your fitness assessment. Your midwife will provide health information on a number of topics to help you have a healthy pregnancy and prepare yourself for birth.

Your 1st Trimester Scan (also known as a dating scan, 12 week scan or NT scan)​. As soon as you have had your initial booking appointment with the midwife.

The scan may also show if you are expecting a baby girl or boy. The hospital will not offer you another scan if this is the case. The person performing the scan is called a sonographer. The sonographer will put gel onto your tummy to start the examination. The gel usually feels cold and you may feel a little discomfort when the ultrasound probe transducer presses on your tummy. An ultrasound scan takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

A screen will be visible for you to also see what the sonographer is looking at. It is advised you have a full bladder, when having a scan. This helps the ultrasound echoes to reach your womb, giving them a better view of your baby. The transducer sends high frequency sound waves in your abdomen to build a picture of the baby. These waves bounce off your baby and back to the computer to be translated into a picture. Hard tissues, such as bone, reflect the most sound waves and make the biggest echoes.

These appear white in the image, and soft tissues appear grey. Fluids, such as the amniotic fluid surrounding your baby, appear black.

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An ultrasound scan that helps the NHS confirm how many weeks pregnant you are, checks how your baby is developing – and gives you an amazing black and white photo to take home By Rachel Mostyn. They will also check that anatomically everything is where should be.

Visit NHS Choices for a detailed pregnancy and baby guide with lots of useful tips for parents Your midwife or doctor will book you a dating scan appointment​.

The first is usually at around weeks and is sometimes called the dating scan because it can help to determine when the baby is due. The second scan usually takes place between 18 and 20 weeks and is called the anomaly scan because it checks for structural abnormalities in the baby. Your midwife may advise you that you need to have additional scans if you have a high BMI, a history of smaller babies or there are concerns over your pregnancy.

Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build a picture of the baby in the womb. The scans are completely painless, have no known side effects on mother or babies, and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy. If you have any concerns about having a scan, talk to your midwife, GP or obstetrician. You are advised to have a full bladder when you come for the appointment. Most scans are carried out by specially trained staff called sonographers.

In order for the sonographer to get good images the scan is carried out in a dimly lit room. You will be asked to lie on the couch and ultrasound gel placed on your tummy. The sonographer then passes a hand held device called a probe over your skin. It is this that sends the ultrasound waves and picks them up when they bounce back.

Scans, screening tests and check-ups

Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. All pregnant women in England are offered an ultrasound scan at around 8 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is called the dating scan.

You can find our new site here: an appointment at the hospital where you will be offered antenatal screening which includes a dating scan.

We recognise that this will be an anxious time for all parents to be, and would like to reassure you that the maternity services are working hard to ensure that services continue to run as normally as possible. Unfortunately we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel all parent education classes in Lothian for the time being. We are extremely sorry for the disruption this will cause but hope that all parents and carers will recognise that this decision was taken to protect the health of all who would be in attendance.

For everything else see “I’ve had my baby, what happens next? You should also continue to make use of your copy of ‘Ready Steady Baby’. What happens during labour and birth. Ventouse forceps delivery. Caesarean section. Breastfeeding first days. Being a parent. We use cookies on this site to analyse traffic and optimise the user experience.

Pregnancy appointments

Before you attend your booking appointment with your midwife please take the time to read the screening information booklets that are sent to you with your booking appointment information. These will give you the information to help you make the decision regarding any screening tests in pregnancy. Your midwife can also discuss these with you. The booklets are:.

All pregnant women in England are offered an ultrasound.

A dating scan is an ultrasound examination which is performed in order to establish the gestational age of the pregnancy. Most dating scans are done with a trans-abdominal transducer and a fullish bladder. If the pregnancy is very early the gestation sac and fetus will not be big enough to see, so the transvaginal approach will give better pictures. Dating scans are usually recommended if there is doubt about the validity of the last menstrual period.

By 6 to 7 weeks gestation the fetus is clearly seen on trans-vaginal ultrasound and the heart beat can be seen at this early stage 90 to beats per minute under 6 to 7 weeks, then to beats per minute as the baby matures. Ultrasounds performed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are generally within 3 – 5 days of accuracy. The most accurate time is between 8 and 11 weeks gestation. This is because the fetus is growing so quickly that there is a big difference in size from week to week.

Pregnancy Appointments

Visit NHS Choices for a detailed pregnancy and baby guide with lots of useful tips for parents to be. Act now to protect your baby from whooping cough from birth. You can request the vaccination from your midwife after your 20 week scan at your antenatal appointment or you can just turn up to Floor 1, Maternity between Monday — Friday 9am -5pm. It’s used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby’s development.

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset 2) A scan to accurately work out your baby’s due date, check your baby’s.

This first routine scan is carried out for the following reasons:. It is not diagnostic. We also like to arrange this for around 12 weeks, but it can be performed between 10 and 14 weeks. Occasionally during the scan, a miscarriage might be diagnosed even though you might still ‘feel pregnant’. This first routine scan is carried out for the following reasons: to confirm when the baby is due: the early scan helps us to work out the date when your baby is due.

We might suggest a different date from that indicated by your last period. This is because not all pregnancies are conceived exactly 14 days after the first day of the last period. If your pregnancy is the result of assisted conception, we would normally calculate the delivery date from the date of your treatment.

It is important to know your final due date for your care later in pregnancy.

12 WEEKS PREGNANT