This can be for many reasons but the most common is to confirm pregnancy and to check that the embryo is viable and “everything’s ok”.
Accurate dating is necessary to ensure the Nuchal Translucency (NT) scan is done at the correct time, and acts as a reference point for assessment of your baby’s growth for later ultrasound scans.
In addition to the monitoring your LMC midwife or doctor does during your pregnancy check-up appointments, there are a number of other tests available that can provide you with more information about your baby’s growth and development and how your body is coping with the physical changes and demands of pregnancy.
Some women/parents feel that they need the additional information and the reassurance that these tests can provide.
It made my husband, myself and my (very excited) mother in law reassured that we are (and bubs) in the best of hands. There are four common times in your pregnancy when you will be referred for an ultrasound by your doctor or midwife.
These are for Dating, Nuchal Translucency screening, Anatomy and Growth or Presentation assessments: This scan is best done at 8-10 weeks.