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Hi All! I am just wondering what scans i will be able to have? My midwife wanted me to have a dating scan which said i was 7 weeks 3 days pregnant. I am now worried that i now won't be entitled to the 12 week scan? so am just wondering if anyone else has been in my situation and did you get the normal 12 week scan as well as your dating scan?
I don't know exactly what you mean, are you asking about what free scans you are entitled to? As a general rule, most people can have a dating scan in the first 12 weeks if you have doubts about dates, then there is the nuchal translucency scan (done between 11 and 13 weeks) that checks for risk factors for downs syndrome and then there is the fetal morphology scan at 18 - 20 weeks.
That said, I had a scan at 6, 10, 13, 20 and 26 weeks - the 6, 10 and 26 because my doc wanted to. I had to pay for all of them
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I had a dating scan at 7.5 weeks and another scan at 10 weeks (when my HCG levels dropped) and I still got the 12 week one.
The 12 scan (or NT scan) MUST be done between 11 and 13 weeks so that they can get an accurate measurement on the fold behind the baby's neck to check for downs syndrome and other things, so having a dating scan will definitely not effect that at all. You will also have to do blood tests at the same time.
Your 20 week scan (or anatomy scan) is to check that bub has all the right bits and pieces in the right places and check on the development. It also needs to be done at this time because after 22/23 weeks bub gets a bit too squashed for accurate measurements.
You may also need to have growth scans later in your pregnancy ~ I have had these every two weeks since 33 weeks.
You won't need to pay for any of these scans, as long as your MW has written you a referral smile