A dating scan is an ultrasound scan to determine how many weeks pregnant you are and your due date.
What are obstetric scans?
Obstetric ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of a baby (embryo or fetus) within a pregnant woman, as well as the mothers uterus and ovaries. It does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and is the preferred method for monitoring pregnant women and their unborn babies.
Why is obstetric scan done?
Obstetric Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of a child (fetus or embryo) within a pregnant woman, as well as the ovaries and uterus of a mother. The most common uses of the procedure include: To estimate the age of the pregnancy. To evaluate the position of the placenta.
What happens at your first obstetrician appointment?
At your first appointment At your first antenatal appointment, your obstetrician will check your health and identify any issues that could affect you or your baby. They will probably offer you the first of many routine tests done in pregnancy. Some of these might be subsidised by Medicare.