What to expect from dating scan
Once the gel's on, the sonographer will place the transducer – which looks a bit like a computer mouse or a small paint roller – onto your bump and move it around, allowing the high-frequency sound waves produced by the transducer to bounce off your belly and create a picture on the sonographer's monitor.
It doesn't hurt at all but you'll probably feel some downward pressure (which can be a wee bit uncomfortable on a full bladder).
And, if the pregnancy is progressing well, you'll also see a clear heartbeat." MFM forum user BL Rosie found seeing those first images overwhelmingly joyful. " she says."The baby was so active, stretching and kicking." You’re not usually allowed to take your own video or photos whilst in the scan room but most NHS hospitals will let you take away a photograph of the scan image once your appointment has ended.Then you get your amazing pictures and you can tell the world! Dating scans are offered at some point between 8 and 14 weeks, with most of them happening between 11 and 14 weeks.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."Performing the scan requires intense concentration from the sonographer, so [many hospitals take the view that] the fewer distractions, the better." "The policy at most NHS trusts is not to give an opinion at this scan," says Nigel.
"That's usually only offered at the anomaly scan [your 2nd routine scan, done at about 20 weeks].
Most mums-to-be would probably say it's a good idea to have some company, especially if you're anxious about the scan.