Can 12 week dating scan wrong

11 Dec

It’s time to clap your eyes on that baby for the first time and it’s the most exciting pregnancy milestone yet. Your 12-week scan can take place any time between 11 and 13 weeks.It’s amazing to think that at this point, your baby is fully formed.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.

These measurements are computed automatically in the ultrasound machine’s software.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.