Dating scan too early

I was extremely nervous and scared because I had, had an ectopic pregnancy like 10 years ago.It was an emotion that I will never forget first nothing on the screen then we saw the baby.Screening for Down's syndrome will happen at the dating scan if: The screening test for Down's syndrome used at this stage of pregnancy is called the combined test.The combined test involves a blood test and measuring the fluid at the back of the baby's neck (nuchal translucency) with an ultrasound scan.Crown/rump length and gestational age are closely compared with each other until around the end of the first trimester.The ideal time for a sonographer to assess the gestational age in the first trimester is between 7-10 weeks of pregnancy.

You can ask your midwife or doctor before the scan if this is the case. Find out more about what happens during a pregnancy ultrasound scan.

The purpose of the dating scan is to: Some abnormalities may also be detected at this scan, such as neural tube defects (spina bifida is a type of neural tube defect).

This depends on whether you have agreed to have the screening and when the scan takes place.

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”.

This is because it is the longest portion of the embryo’s body and provides an ideal measurement baseline of growth and development.