A scan usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes. However, the sonographer may not be able to get good views if your baby is lying in an awkward position or moving around a lot. If its difficult to get a good image, the scan may take longer or have to be repeated at another time.
What can I expect at my first pregnancy scan?
Ultrasound scans are safe and do not cause discomfort. Ultrasound gel is used on the abdomen and the ultrasound probe presses on your tummy to obtain images, if you have a very full bladder it may be a little uncomfortable. An ultrasound scan typically takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.
What week is first pregnancy scan?
Your dating scan is usually offered between about 10 weeks and 14 weeks. For most women, the dating scan is their first scan. During the scan, the sonographer will put gel on your tummy and move the transducer over your skin.
When is the first NHS scan in pregnancy?
When will I be offered my first pregnancy scan? The NHS offer all pregnant women at least two ultrasound scans during their pregnancy. The first should be offered between 10 and 14 weeks but it is often around the 12-week mark (NICE, 2008; NHS, 2017).
When can you tell people you are pregnant?
Many parents-to-be wait until the end of the first trimester — around week 13 — to tell friends and family about their pregnancy. A number of factors influence why people wait until this time to share the news. Still, the most important part of your decision should revolve around what makes you the most comfortable.
Is 12 weeks too soon to announce pregnancy?
When to announce a pregnancy There is no set time when to tell others about a pregnancy. Some people immediately spread the news, while others wait until after the first trimester, or about 12 weeks.