Dating scans in pregnancy

However, in the early pregnancy, the developing embryo is very small (at 6 weeks gestation, the baby is only 5-9mm long) and a transvaginal ultrasound may be required to get a better image of the baby.

And I wasn't expecting them to tell me if my baby had anencephaly until 16 weeks anyway.

We're meant to be, you know, you're meant to, dating scan between 10 and 12 weeks. And our midwife spoke to someone in the ultrasonography department, and they said that they wanted us, because of our past history, because we had an anencephaly baby, you wanted to scan us at 10 weeks just to, so that it gave you more time to prepare to then do another scan at 16 weeks, which is the original plan'. ' I said, 'All I want you to do is to tell me if my baby is healthy and normal'.

And she said, 'Oh, well, I can't make out the baby. And she then turned on me and said, 'I can't do that'. And she said, 'I can't tell you if your baby has anencephaly'.

Your scan will be booked for you by your doctor or midwife and will usually take place at your local hospital’s ultrasound department.

The scan will be carried out by a sonographer, who is trained in performing scans and knowing what to look out for.

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