Having a scan in the first few weeks of pregnancy can be thrilling.It's wonderful to see the little blob with a heartbeat that will become your baby.Usually two scans are done during the first trimester.A dating and viability scan, between six and nine weeks and an early morphology scan or NT scan between 11 and 13 weeks.Doctors usually call this a fetal anomaly scan, and may also use this scan to check the position of the placenta.This is the most important scan in your entire pregnancy as it will pick up structural problems in the baby.For most people, it will reassure you that the baby is normal. If you are getting private antenatal care, you will most likely also get an ultrasound scan every four weeks in your second trimester, at each antenatal appointment. By 20 weeks, it's often possible for you to find out whether your baby is a boy or a girl.
Most parents look forward to their ultrasound because it gives them the first glimpse of their baby.
An ultrasound involves transmitting high frequency sound waves through the uterus.
These bounce off the baby and the returning echoes are translated by a computer into an image on a screen that reveals the baby's position and movements.
The morning sickness that has kept you down for the last 3-4 months starts to retreat by the 13th week along with many of the other exhausting symptoms.
You may still need to use the bathroom oftener than usual, but the frequency will soon start going down due to the uterus moving away from the pelvic bones and bladder .