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.You won’t have known that you’re pregnant long, but your 12 week dating scan offers an exciting opportunity to see your little one developing in the womb and give you an idea of your estimated due date (EDD).You should have your first pregnancy ultrasound scan in between 10 weeks and 13 weeks pregnant, but it can vary on a couple of other factors including where you live and how you’ve been up to the 12th week of pregnancy.In order to create a clear view of your baby, it’s worth drinking a pint of water an hour before the scan.‘This pushes the uterus into a better position so we can see the baby more easily,’ says Dean Meredith who is a Sonographer at The Portland Hospital, London.
Some people believe in nub theory, which suggests you can determine the gender of your baby from that first ultrasound photo. We know how exciting/terrifying the whole thing is, but too much anxiety and you’ll be jumping off the bed as soon as the gel touches your belly (it’s very cold).
This can be a bit uncomfortable if you have to wait with a full bladder but it does put your uterus in a better position for scanning.
The dating scan is non-intrusive and won’t be painful; in fact, it can be quite a relaxing and exciting experience to see your little one and their tiny heartbeat for the first time.
Your scan will be booked for you by your doctor or midwife and will usually take place at your local hospital’s ultrasound department.
The scan will be carried out by a sonographer, who is trained in performing scans and knowing what to look out for.
You will get a hospital appointment with a sonographer for your scan.