As its name suggests, the main purpose of a dating scan is to check how advanced the pregnancy is and therefore when the baby is due. Measuring the baby can be more accurate than dating by the last menstrual period. It is also an opportunity to check the baby is alive and developing as expected, and check for twins. This scan may also be part of your screening test for Down's syndrome nuchal translucency scan.
Most pregnant women will have an ultrasound scan during their pregnancy. This simple test is quite safe for both mother and baby and causes only minor, if any, discomfort. Ultrasound is a way of taking a look at the baby without using potentially dangerous X-rays. During an ultrasound scan, high-frequency soundwaves are used to create moving images of the developing baby, shown on a screen.
Take a look at each week of your pregnancy, from conception to birth, with our comprehensive email newsletters. Remember: check your email and click on the link in the Huggies welcome email to confirm your details. You'll need to activate to enter promotions -. This is a scan or ultrasound which determines your expected date of confinement EDC based on the development of the embryo.