"All being well, you're likely to see your baby moving around.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.In order to get the full results, the findings of the nuchal translucency (NT) part of your scan need to be combined with the findings of your blood test.If you haven't had your blood test yet (timings of these tests do vary from hospital to hospital) or if your blood test results haven't come through in time for both results to be combined into the final result, you'll have to wait to get this result from your midwife at a later date (do ask when that's likely to be)." The scan itself will take about 15 to 30 minutes but you may need to hang about for a while in the waiting room beforehand – which can be tricky when you've just drunk all that water!
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).Costs for these vary, and aren't always flagged up in advance, so do make sure you take some cash with you.(If you’re after lots of glossy colour pics or maybe even a video, you can book a private scan but it's best to wait till you're at least 16 weeks pregnant, when there's much more 'baby detail' to see.) Your partner (or another close relative) will always be welcome to come with you but it's totally up to you, of course."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].
"I was what I thought was 11 weeks, 6 days when I went [for my scan]," says squeak185, "but they moved my dates back by 5 days as the baby was a bit smaller." You'll also be told whether you're having twins, triplets (or more) – though you'll probably have noticed that already on the scan monitor!