Time For Your Week Scan: So just what does happen at the week scan? Can you only have your week scan at 12 weeks? Your week scan can take place any time between 11 and 13 weeks. So you can see all his organs, muscles, limbs and bones are in place, and the sex organs are well developed.
Can I ask if I'm having a boy or a girl? The 12 week scan is usually just about determining whether your baby is healthy and growing as it should be. Although the sex organs are well developed, it's usually too soon to see them at 12 weeks.
Some people believe in nub theory , which suggests you can determine the gender of your baby from that first ultrasound photo. Getting ready for your week scan First things first, keep those nerves in check. Where do you go for your week scan? You will get a hospital appointment with a sonographer for your scan.
How long will the scan take? It might take longer if your baby is lying in an awkward position. What to read next: The gel makes sure there is good contact between your skin and the device. The sonographer will tuck tissue paper around you to protect your clothing from the gel. A black and white image of your baby will appear on the ultrasound screen, which the sonographer will position so they get a good view.
You might be offered a vaginal scan instead, if your womb is sitting very deep in your pelvis, or if you are overweight. This type of scan will allow the sonographer to get closer to your baby. The week scan is the first in depth look at your growing baby and assesses the early development in the womb. This includes the skull, the brain, that there are two arms, two legs, the heart, stomach, bowel, pelvis and bladder.
The week scan will also check the location of your placenta to ensure placenta praevia is not a concern. What happens if a problem is found at the week scan? The week scan is the first opportunity for your baby to be examined for any abnormalities that could indicate a problem with his development. After your week scan, your next ultrasound probably won't be until you're 20 weeks' pregnant , when you have your anomaly scan.
This can also be a chance to find out if you're having a boy or girl if you want. Click here to create your own free Amazon Baby Wishlist ready for your new arrival! The pregnancy myths that hint at your baby's gender: Sleeping on your left side Do you keep finding you wake up on your left side? Hairier legs Found yourself reaching for the razor more frequently? It could mean you need to start thinking of some baby boy's names. And more rounded hips? It might mean you need to paint the nursery pink.
Your partner has put on weight during your pregnancy This has to be the strangest of the lot. Your bump looks like a watermelon Is this a compliment? You be the judge.