Early Reassurance / Dating Scan

MFM mums share their stories plus expert sonographers explain why it happens and what to do if you’re told your due dates are wrong. By Rachel Mostyn. Original date given was 18 December but at the scan it was moved to 31 Dec. Unless you have an early pregnancy scan most of you will be given your estimated due date at the week scan. Of course you have probably already used an online due date calculator. Weird huh? But this will only give you a rough idea. This is especially true if you have an irregular cycle or have been on the Pill for example. Experts say that the scan date can sometimes come out as less pregnant than suggested by your LMP.

Ultrasound scans in pregnancy

An ultrasound scan sonogram uses sound waves that bounce off solid objects to create two-dimensional black and white images on a screen. It’s completely safe for you and your baby. It also isn’t completely reliable. When your bladder’s full, it pushes your womb up so the sonographer can see better. Most scans are normal. If the sonographer is unsure about the image, they’ll tell you and may ask for a second opinion from another sonographer or doctor.

Obstetric ultrasonography, or prenatal ultrasound, is the use of medical ultrasonography in Dating is more accurate when done earlier in the pregnancy; if a later scan gives a different estimate “What do hyperechoic and hypoechoic mean?

It is common to be given a single ‘estimated due date’ EDD which corresponds the point at which it is estimated that your pregnancy will have lasted 40 weeks. It may be more helpful to be prepared for you baby arrive some time after 37 weeks, and to focus on 42 weeks as the time by which you have a good chance of having given birth. Many women with longer pregnancies find that everyone is asking whether they have had their baby yet, and that health care workers start to suggest inducing labour.

For some women this will be the right decision, but it is important to know that this is your decision to make. Charting temperature, monitoring mucus, using ovulation test kits and knowing times when you could have conceived, or having conceived by IVF may mean you have your own information about when you became pregnant. There is a tendency for midwives and doctors to talk as though the EDD written in your maternity notes is something definite, rather than an estimate which may or may not be accurate.

In that case, if the EDD is later than it should be that could mean that the birth is delayed unnecessarily. This suggests that in general ultrasound dating is more accurate in predicting the birth date than counting from the last monthly period 1,2 but it is still only an estimate and may not always be accurate. A recent study 3 of women who conceived by IVF and therefore knew when their egg was fertilised, found that the routine ultrasound dating scan consistently put their estimated birth date earlier than it should have been by an average of 3 days.

In any case, ultrasound does not give a very accurate prediction of the actual birth date.

Antenatal Ultrasound

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Your 1st Trimester Scan (also known as a dating scan, 12 week scan or NT scan) gender is obvious they will tell you. This is be no means % accurate. scan.

Experiencing pain or bleeding during early pregnancy? Newcastle Ultrasound launches a unique Urgent Access Early Pregnancy Scanning Service to quickly diagnose and manage pain and bleeding during early pregnancy. When it comes to pregnancy scanning and fetal screening services you can rest assured that we use the most advanced technology available to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and care during each trimester.

At this review you are welcome to discuss your results and ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable that you and your baby are progressing well. The technology used at Newcastle Ultrasound is no ordinary scanning technology. We have invested in cutting edge ultrasound and reporting systems delivering the highest quality images, diagnosis and reports. Dr Steve Raymond, Director of Newcastle Ultrasound, helped to establish the first Prenatal Diagnostic clinic in the Hunter in and undertook some of the earliest invasive prenatal tests in the region.

Find out more about our prenatal diagnosis services here. Newcastle Ultrasound offers the highest quality advanced screening tests which are used to identify pregnancies at increased chance of having a chromosomal condition such as Down syndrome, Trisomy 18 or If your test shows an increased chance of one of these syndromes, you will have the opportunity to discuss your ongoing options in detail during your review with our specialist gynaecologist and ultrasonologist.

Our Viewpoint electronic reporting system means that we are able to monitor you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, from the first trimester dating scan right through to the third trimester growth scans as required. We can even compare your results to a previous pregnancy. This individualised service ensures optimal health for you and your baby and early intervention if required.

Early Pregnancy Scan

Routine ultrasound should not be offered or requested simply to confirm an ongoing early pregnancy in the absence of any clinical concerns, symptoms or specific indications. The purpose of the scan is to confirm viability, accurately establish gestational age, determine the number of viable fetuses, evaluate gross fetal anatomy and, if requested, assess the NT as part of the risk assessment for aneuploidy. Document findings as per Early pregnancy ultrasound examination see above :.

Once a live embryo is visible, the CRL should be used to calculate the due date. The MSD should not be included in this calculation.

A dating and viability scan, between six and nine weeks of pregnancy. the options, whether that means making the difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy.

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. However, the accuracy of the ultrasound examination is always dependent on the skill of the sonographer and the quality of the equipment. The EDD from the early dating scan is used – if the last menstrual period is not known or is unreliable, or the dating scan differs from the last menstrual period dating by more than 5 days.

Ultrasound examinations from 12 to 22 weeks are regarded as being within 10 days of accuracy or up to 10 days earlier or 10 days later than the woman’s calculated due date. Ultrasounds performed after 22 weeks gestation cannot be used to estimate the due date of the baby because the size no longer reflects the age very well.

Methods for Estimating the Due Date

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. If you come before 7 weeks the baby will be less than 1cm in size and so the scan sometimes has to be performed transvaginally placing the probe inside the vagina to enable us to see the baby well enough to measure and to see the heartbeat.

We ask that you come with a full bladder for this scan as it usually allows us to get the best possible picture of the baby.

The dating scan is an ultrasound that can be done from seven weeks of pregnancy but they usually happen a little later. It’s the best way to predict your due date.

Read terms. Pettker, MD; James D. Goldberg, MD; and Yasser Y. This document reflects emerging clinical and scientific advances as of the date issued and is subject to change. The information should not be construed as dictating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. As soon as data from the last menstrual period, the first accurate ultrasound examination, or both are obtained, the gestational age and the estimated due date EDD should be determined, discussed with the patient, and documented clearly in the medical record.

Subsequent changes to the EDD should be reserved for rare circumstances, discussed with the patient, and documented clearly in the medical record. When determined from the methods outlined in this document for estimating the due date, gestational age at delivery represents the best obstetric estimate for the purpose of clinical care and should be recorded on the birth certificate.

How do I prepare?

A dating scan is an ultrasound scan to determine how many weeks pregnant you are and your due date. Read on for more information about what a dating scan offers. A dating scan might be recommended before 12 weeks to confirm your due date if you are unsure of your last menstrual period or your date of conception.

The scan is optional and not everyone will have it. You can discuss whether you want or need a dating scan with your doctor or midwife.

Dating Scan; Combined Screening/Nuchal Translucency around a lot or if you are above average weight; this does not mean there is anything to worry about.

If you have a new continuous cough , a high temperature , or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell , do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice. Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals. This site is best viewed with a modern browser. You appear to be using an old version of Internet Explorer. This early ultrasound scan provides important information about the number of babies present and the expected date of delivery.

Pregnancy and the fetal heart can be seen from six weeks gestation by vaginal scan, and from eight to nine weeks by abdominal scan.

What happens at a scan and what will they tell me?


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