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Updated by birchcp on 20/02/21

Your first NHS scan should be scheduled for between 11 and 14 weeks gestation.

This is the optimum time for the Sonographer to “date” your pregnancy or, in other words, find out how far along you are and estimate your due date.

If you decide to opt for the combined screening test for Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s syndromes, this needs to be performed between 11 and 14 weeks.

If you suffer any pain or bleeding in early pregnancy, contact your GP.

You may be eligible for an earlier NHS scan to check your baby’s health before the more detailed “dating scan”.

In this case, early scans can generally be performed from 6 weeks gestation.

However, it is important to bear in mind that ultrasound is not always sensitive enough to detect pregnancies at this very early stage.

This is an extract from the book, An Insider’s Guide To Ultrasound Scans For Pregnant Women.

To download a FREE digital copy of the book, click the link below.

Download An Insider’s Guide To Ultrasound Scans For Pregnant Women.