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What Should You Expect at Your First Baby Scan?

Your Ultimate Ultrasound Guide for First Pregnancy

Is It Time For Your First Baby Scan?

When it comes to having a child for the first time, the excitement and nerves together can initially make the entire process feel a little peculiar. Knowing how to feel can seem like a challenge – and as you approach your first ever baby scan, these nerves may become even more pronounced. Luckily, to help with this, our team has come together today to ensure that you know what to expect at your first baby scans; hopefully, this will help you relax and make the most of this truly magical experience. After all, it’s the first time you’ll ever get to meet your baby – so, don’t worry. There’s nothing to be worried about.

Attending your first baby scans is, without a doubt, a little nerve-wracking. With that being said, this is a time of great excitement for many families – and you may want to consider the following factors to ensure that your first baby scan goes smoothly.

If you are looking to book your first baby scan, make an appointment right here at Ultrasound Plus, our team of sonographers will be more than happy to guide you through the process and ensure you are taken care of.

When Does the First Scan Happen?

First of all, we need to consider when the first baby scans happen. Generally speaking, most women will be offered two ultrasounds during pregnancy; your first baby scan will likely be around 12 weeks pregnant, although this can vary between 10 and 14 weeks. Often, this scan is referred to as a “dating scan,” as your sonographer will also be able to estimate your baby’s due date! Following this, your second scan will typically occur at around 20 weeks of pregnancy.

What Happens During an Ultrasound Scan?

Ultrasound scans are straightforward procedures. You will be asked to lie on your back and lift your top so that the sonographer can see your stomach; then, a small amount of ultrasound gel will be applied so that your sonographer can use the probe to see your baby! Then, an image of your baby will appear on the connected screen.

It’s worth noting that ultrasounds can sometimes be a little tricky, so you must lie still throughout the procedure. This will allow your sonographer to find the best possible angle to see your baby and their features at present; it may be a little tickly, but try to hold still, and you’ll get the chance to see your baby’s face hopefully!

However, there’s no guarantee that your baby will play ball for your first baby scan; don’t feel bad if this is the case for you! Your baby is just feeling a bit cheeky today! If this happens, your sonographer will likely offer you another date to try again (hopefully, with your little one being in a more cooperative mood so you can see them correctly next time). 

How Long Does the First Baby Scan Take?

How long does your baby scan take for the first time? Many different factors can influence the length of time a baby scan takes, but most will usually take half an hour. 

If your baby is being beneficial and your sonographer is experienced, you may be able to meet your baby for the first time more quickly. Meanwhile, if your baby is lying awkwardly or if your sonographer is a little less experienced, it may take longer, around forty minutes or so.

After your baby scan, your sonographer will provide you with a copy of the ultrasound that you can keep forever; we highly recommend you look after this, as it provides a stunning record of your pregnancy and is a beautiful item to keep forever!

Are There Any Risks Associated with Scans?

As a final point, it’s well worth considering the safety of baby scans. Indeed, while there are no risks that we know of about the ultrasound, it is true nevertheless that you may have to make certain critical decisions following your ultrasound regarding your pregnancy. 

For example, if the ultrasound detects complications in your unborn child’s development, you could be offered an amniocentesis test, which could lead to potential risks of abortion.

As such, before undergoing an ultrasound, you should take a little time to prepare regarding any potential difficulties the ultrasound might detect. Nevertheless, the vast majority of pregnancies won’t require additional tests, and as such, it’s not worth getting worried about at all. Other than other decisions, the ultrasound itself appears to be an entirely safe procedure, both for you and your baby; plus, knowing the baby’s gender and ensuring they’re thriving is always a tremendous relief for many families!

Are You Ready For Your First Baby Scan?

If you’ve been considering booking your first baby scans, and you’re not quite sure how to go about the process or what to expect, we hope today’s guide may have settled your nerves a little. Indeed, it’s natural to feel a little unsure or curious about what the entire baby scans process entails; however, there’s no reason to worry, and it’s a moment you’ll surely cherish for life!

If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions about having an ultrasound carried out, be sure to get in touch with one of our team members today, Ultrasound Plus is always happy to discuss any questions you have.

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