Ultrasound dating scan
The early stages in life are the most critical time.
It is reassuring to know everything is as it should be.
This early pregnancy dating scan (ante-natal scan) is useful for those who: Are experiencing pain or bleeding in the pregnancy Had a previous miscarriages Had a previous ectopic pregnancy Are unsure of date of last menstrual period And for those who need reassurance prior to their NHS scan, now usually performed after 12 weeks.
With many early pregnancy units stretched to over capacity, it is not always possible to get a same day appointment.
A small gestation sac in the uterus measuring approximately 3 – 4 mm Within the uterus a small gestation sac and maybe a small yolk sac within it can be seen.Your sonographer will be able to answer any questions you have on the day and will talk you through the process.Before you go for your scan, you’ll be asked to drink lots of water and arrive with a full bladder.Other reasons to have a 7 week ultrasound are to: The embryo will be measured from the top of its head, the “crown” to its bottom or “rump”.This is because it is the longest portion of the embryo’s body and provides an ideal measurement baseline of growth and development.
Unless there are concerns about the pregnancy it is better to wait to have this scan after 7 weeks as the images are clearer for you to see and better for us to measure.