I had to drink so much bloody water before my scan only to find there was a delay before my appointment – I felt like I was going to explode.I'll never forget one nurse asking me, 'Do you think you could just pop to the loo and let just a little bit out? ’ When it comes to the actual scan you'll lie on your back and then some sticky, clear gel will be rubbed over your abdomen.NICE recommends it's done between 10 weeks and 13 weeks.You will have had earlier appointments and may have had an early scan if you've had any concerns such as bleeding, but otherwise this is the first time you'll get to see your baby, so it's a real milestone in your pregnancy.This is the period of time which provides the most accurate assessment.Generally, ultrasounds which are performed in the first trimester are within 3-5 days of being accurate in terms of assessing gestational age.The early stages in life are the most critical time.
This can be something of an uncomfortable challenge if your sonographer has particularly long waiting times.
Your sonographer will be able to answer any questions you have on the day and will talk you through the process.
Before you go for your scan, you’ll be asked to drink lots of water and arrive with a full bladder.
At around seven weeks of pregnancy, it’s reasonably common for women to have their first ultrasound.
This can be for many reasons but the most common is to confirm pregnancy and to check that the embryo is viable and “everything’s ok”.