Your health and wellbeing Healthy eating Foods to avoid Drinking alcohol while pregnant Exercise Vitamins and supplements Stop smoking Your baby's movements Sex in pregnancy Pharmacy and prescription medicines Reduce your risk of stillbirth Illegal drugs in pregnancy Your health at work Pregnancy infections Travel If you're a teenager Existing health problems Overweight and pregnant Mental health problems Diabetes in pregnancy Asthma and pregnancy Epilepsy and pregnancy Coronary heart disease and pregnancy Congenital heart disease and pregnancy Common pregnancy ailments Backache Bleeding gums Headaches Heartburn Itching Morning sickness Severe vomiting Pelvic pain Piles Stretch marks Stomach pain or cramps Swollen ankles Tiredness and sleep Vaginal bleeding Vaginal discharge More common problems Pregnancy-induced conditions Hyperemesis gravidarum Real story: The person performing the scan is called a sonographer. What happens during an ultrasound scan? What you need to know about Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing We have the lowdown on non-invasive genetic tests now available. The screening test for Down's syndrome used at this stage of pregnancy is called the "combined test".
What will the dating scan involve?
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If the scan is after 10 weeks, ultrasound recordings are usually made through your abdomen. You may be asked to drink some water and not go to the toilet beforehand because a full bladder helps to push your womb up to give a better picture. Screening for Down's syndrome will happen at the dating scan if:. Help for sore nipples Breast pain while breastfeeding Lifestyle and breastfeeding Breastfeeding and diet Breastfeeding and medicines Breastfeeding and smoking Breastfeeding and alcohol Going back to work Bottle feeding Bottle feeding advice Sterilising bottles Combining breast and bottle Making up infant formula Types of infant formula Infant formula: We at MUMS understand that the first few months of pregnancy can be quite an anxious time for many women with various concerns as to whether the pregnancy is developing normally or that it may result in a miscarriage or even an ectopic pregnancy. Ultrasound scans in pregnancy are a way ofchecking onthe developing baby. The aim is always to check on the health of you and your baby, but it can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing.