Oct 12, 2009 · An ultrasound is a painless diagnostic test that relies on sound waves, and most women will have at least one during pregnancy. Your first ultrasound will typically be done between 18 and 20 weeks, but you may have one before 12 weeks to confirm your due date.
Author: Dr. Laura Riley
When to get an ultrasound. Many practitioners recommend an ultrasound at six to nine weeks. However, others will only do an ultrasound during the first trimester if miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy are suspected. If you have any abnormal bleeding, aren’t sure of the date of your last period or had fertility treatments,
The first will be your dating ultrasound which is booked between 10 weeks and 13 weeks plus six days of your pregnancy. During your dating ultrasound, the sonographer will put gel on your belly and move a hand-held device, called a transducer, over your skin.
During most pregnancies, the first ultrasound is scheduled around the 8th week of pregnancy. This timing ensures the fetus is large enough and developed enough for the doctor to see it on the screen and validate a pregnancy. Typically anything before 6 or 7 weeks is too small to be seen.
My First Ultrasound. It’s the only prenatal test where there’s no pain involved from the experience. It’s quite an enjoyable time filled with wonder. You usually have your first ultrasound somewhere between 8 and 12 weeks. It’s depends on what your doctor or midwife prefers. It’s main purpose is to confirm your pregnancy and verify that your little fetus is alive.
A basic ultrasound takes about 15 to 20 minutes. A more detailed (level II) scan, which may use more sophisticated equipment, can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes or more. First-trimester ultrasounds are more likely to be done through the vagina these days, with a specially designed wand.
A dating scan will be the first scan that you undergo. The scan is booked atbetween 10 weeks and 13 weeks plus six days of pregnancy. What happens in the process: During this scan, the sonographer will apply gel on your tummy and move a hand-held device over your skin. The device is called a transducer.