Your pregnancy and baby guide

What to do after dating scan

You'll be asked to arrive withYou will get a hospital appointment

Costs for these vary, and aren't always flagged up in advance, so do make sure you take some cash with you. They will also check that anatomically everything is where should be. But don't be tempted to skip the water drinking for that reason. Most mums-to-be would probably say it's a good idea to have some company, especially if you're anxious about the scan. If this happens to you, you will be referred to a fetal medicine consultant for further advice and tests.

You'll be asked to arrive with a full bladder. You will get a hospital appointment with a sonographer for your scan. Your partner or another close relative will always be welcome to come with you but it's totally up to you, of course. And, if the pregnancy is progressing well, you'll also see a clear heartbeat.

As the transducer gets to work, a black-and-white image of your baby will appear on the monitor that the sonographer is looking at. The sonographer will tuck tissue paper around you to protect your clothing from the gel.

You might be offered a vaginal scan instead, if your womb is sitting very deep in your pelvis, or if you are overweight. The week scan is usually just about determining whether your baby is healthy and growing as it should be. Your partner has put on weight during your pregnancy This has to be the strangest of the lot.

Most mumstobe would probably say

This can also be a chance to find out if you're having a boy or girl if you want. The week scan is the first in-depth look at your growing baby and assesses the early development in the womb. This includes the skull, the brain, that there are two arms, two legs, the heart, stomach, bowel, pelvis and bladder.

Sometimes, the sonographer will detect an abnormality which may indicate a problem with your baby's development. But it might take longer if your baby is lying in an awkward position.

It's also a bit of a moment. The week scan will also check the location of your placenta to ensure placenta praevia is not a concern. Private providers may offer this earlier, however.

Even if there is an issue, it may well be something that turns out to be not that serious or something that can be easily managed by the specialists. Whether you're having twins, triplets or more. This is usually not treated as an urgent concern. Of course, you're anxious as well as excited at the idea of seeing your baby.

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And there's always a follow-up with support and advice. But, assuming your pregnancy is healthy, you'll still have the dating scan at round about the week mark.

If this happensCosts for these vary

So you can see all his organs, muscles, limbs and bones are in place, and the sex organs are well developed too. The gel makes sure there is good contact between your skin and the device. It could mean you need to start thinking of some baby boy's names. This is the bit that, naturally, we all worry about. Whether there's a heartbeat and if the skull, limbs, organs, and umbilical cord are developing normally.

But don't be tempted to

Getting ready for your week scan First things first, keep those nerves in check. It might mean you need to paint the nursery pink. If you've had fertility treatment, have a history of miscarriages or are in pain or bleeding during the first weeks of pregnancy, you may be offered an early scan before this routine dating scan. The week scan is the first opportunity for your baby to be examined for any abnormalities that could indicate a problem with his development.

This type of scan will allow the sonographer to get closer to your baby. What the position of the placenta is, and how it's developing.