Question: How do I prepare for my 12 week scan?

Can you eat before your 12 week scan?

Empty your bladder 90 minutes before exam time, then consume one 8-ounce glasses of fluid (water, milk, coffee, etc.) about an hour before exam time. We recommend a two-piece outfit so we can access your abdomen without you removing your clothing. You may eat normally prior to having a fetal ultrasound.

Do I need a full bladder for my 12 week scan?

Most scans are carried out by sonographers. You may need to have a full bladder for this scan, as this makes the ultrasound image clearer. You can ask your midwife or doctor before the scan if this is the case. The dating scan usually takes about 20 minutes.

What problems can be detected at 12 week scan?

Estimate individual risk for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormality. Screen for spina bifida. More accurately date the pregnancy. Diagnose multiple fetuses.

Is 12 week scan from date of last period?

Why would I have a dating scan? A dating scan might be recommended before 12 weeks to confirm your due date if you are unsure of your last menstrual period or your date of conception. The scan is optional and not everyone will have it. You can discuss whether you want or need a dating scan with your doctor or midwife.

What happens if there is no heartbeat at 12 week scan?

A scan may reveal your baby has no heartbeat or that your baby is too small for the date of your pregnancy. This is called a missed or delayed miscarriage.

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