Baby Scan 4D – Private Clinic Bromsgrove – Gestational Age
One of the first things a pregnant mum wants to know after having realised that she is pregnant is to find out how many weeks pregnant she is and when is the due date for her baby which leads to a whole new world of pregnancy lingo.
When we start talking about the length of pregnancy and the age of the baby, it can sometimes seem confusing. Why does everyone want to know when my last period was? And what has this got to do with my due date? and if they don’t want to know that, then they talk about gestation – what is that? So let’s explain..
Gestation is the period of time a woman is pregnant for. Most babies are born between 38 and 42 weeks of gestation and so your due date is calculated at 40 weeks gestation with the knowledge that the baby may arrive 2 weeks either side of this.
What is the Gestational Age of a baby?
Gestational age is measured in weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. This means that your last period counts as part of your pregnancy even though you weren’t actually pregnant. This is why if you do a digital pregnancy test you then have to add 2 weeks to have an idea of gestational age.
Fetal growth doesn’t actually start until conception, which is when a sperm fertilizes an egg.
Initially when you see your doctor or midwife he/she will perform a calculation based on the first day of your last period to estimate the due date for your baby. However this system is only accurate when a woman has a regular 28 day menstrual cycle and ovulates on day 14 however many of us do not fit into this category.
Hence the most accurate way to assess the gestational age of a pregnancy is by a first trimester ultrasound scan. This can be performed from 6 weeks of pregnancy onwards and is offered by babyface4d.
Book now: Early Pregnancy Baby 4D Scan £55 to determine the viability (demonstrating fetal heart activity) of an early pregnancy using 2D ultrasound from 6 – 14 weeks
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In the NHS the first trimester scan is offered at around 12 weeks to coincide with the timing of the screening tests that are also offered at that time. For some this is a long time to wait to see if the pregnancy has started well, therefore an early first trimester reassurance scan from 6 weeks of pregnancy onwards can be considered. At this scan a measurement of the length of the fetus is taken called the crown rump length; this enables us to tell you how many weeks pregnant you are (gestational age).
6 Week Baby 4D Pregnancy Scan – Reassurance for Mothers
This early pregnancy scan not only assesses gestational age but can also bring the reassurance that the pregnancy has embedded correctly within the womb, the pulsations of the fetal heart can be seen from 6 weeks of pregnancy onwards and can also bring the surprise of a multiple pregnancy – It’s twins!
For many women the reassurance that the pregnancy has started well offsets the overwhelming feelings of tiredness and nausea that can be experienced at this time. To see that the pregnancy is real can alleviate anxiety and allow the forward planning to ensure access to medical care for the duration of the pregnancy.