Ultrasound scans in pregnancy may be routine or they may be offered because of pain or bleeding or because of problems in a previous pregnancy. In early pregnancy, especially before 11 weeks, it is usual to have a trans-vaginal internal scan , where a probe is placed in the vagina. This gives the clearest and most accurate picture in early pregnancy. The person doing the scan spreads a special gel on your lower abdomen below your belly button and above the line of pubic hair. He or she then moves the scanner over the gel, sometimes pressing down, until the uterus womb and pregnancy can be seen. That may give some information about your pregnancy, but it is less clear than an internal scan and that could possibly delay diagnosis. There is no evidence that having a vaginal or an abdominal scan will cause a miscarriage or harm your baby.
Original date given was 18 December but at the scan it was moved to 31 Dec. Unless you have an early pregnancy scan most of you will be given your estimated due date at the week scan. Of course you have probably already used an online due date calculator. Weird huh?
Back to Your pregnancy care. If you're pregnant in England you'll be offered an ultrasound scan at around 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is called the dating scan. It's used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby's development. The scan may also be part of a screening test for Down's syndrome.