12 week dating scan

The 12-week scan will also check the location of your placenta to ensure placenta praevia is not a concern.The 12-week scan is the first opportunity for your baby to be examined for any abnormalities that could indicate a problem with his development.

The baby will be measured, and the anatomy examined in detail.

It is recommended that all pregnant women have a scan in the first trimester at around 12 weeks of pregnancy to confirm their dates.

So you can see all his organs, muscles, limbs and bones are in place, and the sex organs are well developed. We know how exciting/terrifying the whole thing is, but too much anxiety and you’ll be jumping off the bed as soon as the gel touches your belly (it’s very cold).

In order to create a clear view of your baby, it’s worth drinking a pint of water an hour before the scan.‘This pushes the uterus into a better position so we can see the baby more easily,’ says Dean Meredith who is a Sonographer at The Portland Hospital, London.

If a problem is spotted you’ll be to referred to a fetal medicine consultant for confirmation of the findings with a view to undergo further testing and recommendations for the remainder of the pregnancy.

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