Preparing for dating ultrasound

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.

If you do know the conception date, this is counted as day 14, not day one.

If your cycle is irregular or you've recently been on the pill, working out the date from your LMP probably won't work. If the scan date differs from your period dates, the scan date will be used.

It's wonderful to see a little blob with a heartbeat that will become your baby. If you are unsure of the first day of your last period you will be offered a dating ultrasound when you are between 10 and 14 weeks pregnant.If you have an irregular cycle, or if you've recently been taking the contraceptive pill, working out the date from your LMP isn't a very accurate method.Ultrasounds are more accurate than using the LMP and, if the ultrasound date differs from your period dates, the ultrasound date will be used.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.Other reasons to have a 7 week ultrasound are to: The embryo will be measured from the top of its head, the “crown” to its bottom or “rump”.

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