Pregnancy Dating Scan

The dating scan, which is available around 10-12 weeks, is used to confirm the pregnancy, confirm the number of foetuses and predict the date of delivery. The dating scan is particularly useful if you’re unsure when you’re due date will be or you have an irregular menstrual cycle, which may have made it difficult to pin down an accurate date previous to the scan.

At the dating scan, the ultrasound images will enable the sonographer to check the foetal heartbeat, confirm a single or multiple pregnancy and take measurements, including the head circumference and the crown rump length (the distance from the baby’s head to the bottom). The dating scan usually takes around 20-30 minutes and you should turn up to your appointment with a full bladder for the best results. Many clinics offer a package, which includes your photographs and a CD, in addition to the scan.

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