Now that you've fallen pregnant, you might be wondering what happens next? Commonly performed early in the first trimester, usually during week 6,7 or 8. 12 - 13 week Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound/First Trimester Assessment. “My due date got put back by 2 weeks at the 12 week scan. It's at this time that you will be told how many weeks pregnant you are. These can be carried out from week 5 or 6 of pregnancy, which is a notoriously tricky . weeks ago she thought i was at least 16 weeks a scan has now shown im 13 weeks.
Home What we do Obstetrics Week Scan Week Scan This scan allows us to check how your baby is developing and in combination with a blood test allows us to check for any genetic concerns. Learn more This scan should be ideally performed between 12 weeks and 13 weeks 6 days of your pregnancy. As well as checking that your baby is growing well and confirming your due date the main aim of the scan includes: To see if there are any structural abnormalities.
Some can already be identified or suspected at this stage so a normal appearing scan is very reassuring for you. To confirm the growth of the pregnancy and the due date. To check where the placenta is lying, where the umbilical cord is in relation to the placenta and if there is sufficient fluid around the baby. On the day of your scan you can choose to have the results given to you by our resident radiologist or obstetrician or have the results delivered by your doctor or obstetrician at your follow-up appointment.
Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like your results on the day. Risks Ultrasound is safe to use throughout your pregnancy. Sometimes we need to do a vaginal scan. Occasionally there is some discomfort from probe pressure on a full bladder or from the vaginal probe manipulation.
If this is extremely painful please let us know. Benefits You will be able to see all of your developing baby We are able to take some important measurements which allows us to give you an accurate risk assessment for your baby. You have the option of getting the results of the scan on the day by our consultant. Please let reception know at the time of booking. What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your body and baby. Sound waves are used instead of radiation which makes them safe. What do I need to do to have a risk assessment for my baby? Your doctor will organise this for you. We like to scan you between 12 and 13 weeks 6 days of pregnancy.
We offer the most sensitive and comprehensive risk assessment for your baby between weeks which includes pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction. We are currently the only practice in Tasmania that does this. Our sonographers are trained to the highest standards to perform these specialist measurements of you and your baby. We measure:
By Jasmin Whinnett, Fetal Medicine Now that you've fallen pregnant, you might be wondering what happens next? Ultrasounds are performed by very highly trained Sonographers and utilise sound waves to look inside the baby.
Since ultrasound was first used in , there has been no evidence to show any associated health risks - ultrasound scans are safe for you and your baby. The black and white images most people are familiar with are 2D ultrasound images.
In addition to providing us with a sneak peak of your growing baby, they may also provide better definition of some abnormalities such as cleft lip, abnormal positioning of hands and feet or Spina bifida lesions. You can have an ultrasound at any time during your pregnancy but there are certain weeks which are used to provide specific, standardised growth and structural assessments for your baby. Early dating scan Commonly performed early in the first trimester, usually during week 6,7 or 8.
These scans are used to confirm there is a fetal heartbeat, to check the expected date of delivery EDD , to count the number of babies and can also help exclude an ectopic pregnancy a pregnancy located outside of the uterus. This scan is not a necessity but is helpful if you are unsure of your dates and it will help you identify the correct time to have the week Nuchal Translucency NT Ultrasound. What preparation do I need to do for a dating scan? Check with your ultrasound clinic for any preparation you need to do prior to the scan.
For an abdominal dating ultrasound, you will need to have a full bladder. You may be asked to drink some water and not go to the toilet beforehand because a full bladder helps to push your womb up to give a better picture. For a vaginal scan, you can have an empty bladder. The scan will take 5—10 minutes to perform. What will I learn from a dating scan? This will provide a fairly accurate estimate of how many weeks pregnant you are.
But it is important to remember that only a few women go into labour on their due date, so it can be more helpful to think about the month in which you are expecting your baby, rather than the exact day. At a dating scan you will also be able to: Ultrasound scans are painless but the gel used within the examination can feel a little cold and you may feel a little discomfort when the ultrasound probe presses on your tummy if you have a very full bladder.
An ultrasound scan typcally takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and the images seen will determine whether a Trans-Vaginal ultrasound scan internal is needed.
Your ultrasound scan will be carried out by one of our highly qualified professionals in a caring and comfortable environment. During your scan we will explain the findings to you and following your scan we will give you your images and detailed report. If we cannot see a heartbeat then this is either due to the pregnancy being too early this is the commonest reason or that the pregnancy is found to be not viable.
From this measurement we can work out how many weeks and days preganant you are this early measurement is approximate for dating. At this stage often the baby can be seen making small movements usually past 8 weeks which are amazing to see. Appointment time: