Early pregnancy

Please note: Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you will need to attend ALL appointments on your own. This includes all ultrasound appointments. This is because we cannot socially distance effectively in the antenatal clinic area with additional people. Our maternity staff are committed to giving you the best care possible during this challenging time and are sorry for the upset this may cause you and your partner. It is quick and takes only about 15 minutes. The purpose of this scan is to measure the size of your baby to accurately confirm the due date. It can also detect twins or more. Unfortunately we sometimes detect a miscarriage at this scan, even though there may have been no signs beforehand. We occasionally detect major abnormalities at this scan too.

Your Pregnancy Journey

This first routine scan is carried out for the following reasons:. It is not diagnostic. We also like to arrange this for around 12 weeks, but it can be performed between 10 and 14 weeks. Occasionally during the scan, a miscarriage might be diagnosed even though you might still ‘feel pregnant’. This first routine scan is carried out for the following reasons: to confirm when the baby is due: the early scan helps us to work out the date when your baby is due.

We might suggest a different date from that indicated by your last period.

Ultrasound scans. You will be offered two scans, one early in pregnancy at approximately 11–14 weeks and another at 18–21 weeks (anomaly scan).

We provide a range of community services in Harrogate and the local area as well as across North Yorkshire and Leeds. At your initial booking appointment, you will be offered a range of important tests to screen for certain conditions that may affect your pregnancy. It is important for you to be aware that ultrasound scanning is a form of screening and is done to perform important checks on the health and development of your baby.

The combined test involves a blood test and a nuchal translucency NT ultrasound scan in the first trimester of pregnancy, normally at 12 weeks. For more information about screening, please speak to your community midwife or our screening co-ordinator on or Site Search Search. Community Services We provide a range of community services in Harrogate and the local area as well as across North Yorkshire and Leeds.

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Routine antenatal care, screening and ultrasound

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus Covid , visiting restrictions are in place — please see click here for the latest information. During your pregnancy you will be offered a number of screening tests. Your midwife will advise you which tests are offered and why.

Early Dating Scan – This scan will be offered at about 12 weeks to confirm an ongoing pregnancy and to confirm the expected date of delivery. Your GP or midwife.

The team at Princess Anne Maternity Unit aims to provide you with individual, woman-centred care, and to support you and your family to have as normal a pregnancy and birth experience as possible. During your pregnancy you will be offered regular appointments with a midwife or obstetrician. They check that you and your baby are well, give you support and information about your pregnancy to help you make informed choices. Here you will be able to find out about available maternity services and discuss your early pregnancy care.

You can choose and book the hospital where you would like your baby to be born and you will be asked for information useful to your pregnancy care and the birth. Please feel free to ask at any time about anything you are unsure about or which is worrying you. She will advise you on the pathway for your current pregnancy, and assist in arranging and booking your scan. She will discuss blood tests and antenatal screening options. Remember, although your pattern of care is within a particular framework it is still made individual to you.

Antenatal Care

During your pregnancy, you’ll be offered a range of tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans. They are designed to help make your pregnancy safer, check and assess the development and wellbeing of you and your baby, and screen for particular conditions. You don’t have to have any of the tests, but you need to understand the purpose of them so you can decide whether to have them or not. Discuss this with your maternity team.

It gives you the opportunity to see some visual evidence of your pregnancy and we consider the scan to be crucial for the following reasons: To accurately date the.

It is our intention to provide you with the best possible care and support before, during and after your pregnancy. We would like you to be fully informed on matters relating to your pregnancy and birth of your baby and fully involved when decisions are made about your care. The purpose of this section is to give some information on how and where your care will be provided. Antenatal care and schedule of visits.

The following schedule is a guide to the antenatal care appointments for women who are healthy and whose pregnancies remain uncomplicated. For women who are identified as requiring additional care, an individual schedule of visits will be arranged. Women expecting their first baby should attend all the weeks identified. Women who have had normal pregnancies and births previously need only attend on the weeks that are ticked.

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Our Antenatal Clinic offers a range of services and support:. As soon as you know you are pregnant this may be your first maternity contact. You will have your booking bloods taken and will be asked general health questions. This appointment will be with a support worker. You will be offered a diabetes screening test by your midwife if you meet the criteria.

Skip to content. Maternity services at BSUH NHS Trust weeks: combined screening ultrasound scan. A pregnancy 25 weeks (first pregnancy only).

If you have a new continuous cough , a high temperature , or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell , do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice. Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals. This site is best viewed with a modern browser. You appear to be using an old version of Internet Explorer. This early ultrasound scan provides important information about the number of babies present and the expected date of delivery.

Pregnancy and the fetal heart can be seen from six weeks gestation by vaginal scan, and from eight to nine weeks by abdominal scan. Accurate measurements and images are taken of the gestational sac and the ‘crown to rump’ length of the embryo, to accurately date the pregnancy. Please see ‘Screening’ for further information.

Careful and accurate measurements of the baby are taken to monitor the baby’s wellbeing. At this scan your umbilical artery dopplers will be measured; these measurements help us to detect those babies who may be at higher risk of not growing as we expect. Based on these measurements you will be placed onto one of three pathways: no additional scans apart from a routine 36 week scan or additional scans at various points in your pregnancy.

We will tell you which pathway you are on and what this means for your pregnancy. This scan ensures the baby is growing well, identifies babies that are ‘breech’ not head down and also enables us to identify which babies could be at risk after this point if the pregnancy continues.

During your pregnancy

Our specially trained team performs a wide variety of ultrasound examinations. They check that your pregnancy is going as planned with anomaly and growth scans. This involves making a diagnosis from images seen on an ultrasound monitor.

Ultrasound scans. Dating scan. An ultrasound scan will be performed on your first visit to the unit: This is usually when you are between 10 – 14 weeks pregnant.

You will mainly be under the care of a midwifery team throughout your pregnancy. Most women should have a named midwife who will oversee your pregnancy care. You may also require the care of a Doctor if your pregnancy is deemed more complex or you have pre-existing health conditions. Your midwife will check your blood pressure, dip your urine and ask about your growing baby at each antenatal appointment. Your schedule of appointments will vary depending on your individual circumstances and this will be discussed with you with your midwife at the initial appointment.

You will usually be seen routinely every weeks, depending on your pregnancy needs. See more about pregnancy appointments here. The Health Visiting team will also be in contact with you towards the end of your pregnancy and once your baby is born to continue your community care.

Scans, screening tests and check-ups

Your midwifery care starts when you are about eight weeks pregnant. Please let your local midwifery team know of your pregnancy as early as possible by requesting your antenatal first booking appointment. Your midwife can then plan your pattern of care with you, based on national guidelines and your personal needs.

A pregnancy can be seen from as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your last period (LMP) and not the date of conception. The NHS do not offer scans at this.

It involves high frequency sound waves which are transmitted through the skin and reflected by the internal organs and structures. The procedure should not be painful. Many parts of the body can be investigated by ultrasound but the technique is commonly used to examine the abdominal organs liver and kidney , the pelvis, the heart and the major blood vessels.

Other areas which may be examined include the eyes, breasts, and thyroid gland. Most pregnancies are now monitored by ultrasound examination to assess the age, health and position of the unborn baby. Areas of the body which cannot be successfully examined by ultrasound are those covered by bone, for example the adult brain, and those filled with air, like the lungs. Abnormalities which may show up in ultrasound examinations include cysts, tumours and infections. Blockages in major blood vessels can also be detected.

Ultrasound is a very safe technique and can be used to examine adults, children and babies. For most ultrasound examinations no specific care is needed before the test. However, to examine certain areas of the body successfully, special preparation is sometimes required. The Ultrasound departments across the trust are all very busy and work on an appointment system only. If you cannot attend or think you might be late please ring us.

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