Dating scan nuchal translucency

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We believe that it is important for us to do a comprehensive assessment of your baby's growth and well being first so following the diagnostic assessment of the scan, our sonographers will then show you your baby in 3D/4D with your baby hopefully being in just the right position for us.While we usually manage to get beautiful 3D pictures, it can be very dependant on a number of factors.A nuchal scan will: The nuchal scan can only be performed from 11 weeks and 2 days of pregnancy to 14 weeks and 1 day – with the most accurate time being around 12 weeks.The blood sample can be given any time after 10 weeks of pregnancy.5 ½ weeks gestation means 5 ½ weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period, which is usually about 3 ½ weeks from the date of conception (confusing, isn’t it!) the fetus is clearly seen on trans-vaginal ultrasound and the heart beat can be seen at this early stage (90 to 110 beats per minute under 6 to 7 weeks, then 110 to 200 beats per minute as the baby matures).

Don't be discouraged if your images are not front on or as clear as you hoped due to the above factors, the most important part of the scan is the assessment of your baby's growth and wellbeing and we will do our best to ensure you still have some images of your baby to go home with to show your family and friends.

The sonographer was able to show us the view of the soles of the feet. I can’t begin to think how tiny they must have been (given that Little One is only about 10cm crown to rump). On the down side we were informed that Little One was too old for a nuchal scan and we were told we would have to have a quad test if we wanted to assess our Downs risk.

I was told this is just as accurate as a nuchal scan and would only involve me giving a blood sample, which I did straight after the scan.

We bought three scan pictures, one for each set of grandparents (who still don’t know about Little One) and one for us. I hope they’re right about the dates and I don’t just have a kid with a particularly big head (ouch)!

Clinical Comment Simon Mehigan Consultant Midwife How exciting it is to see your baby for the first time.

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