10 week dating scan

Around the 10 week stage your baby is also beginning to swallow fluid, produce digestive juices and kick their limbs - if you see your baby on an ultrasound scan at 10 weeks, they will be making jerky movements and bobbing about!

At 10 weeks your baby’s fingers and toes are no longer webbed, they can bend their arms at the wrist and their nails are starting to form.

Your baby is continuing to develop into a real little person!

The most critical stage of their development is now complete, and they are starting to enter the ‘foetal period’ where tissues and organs grow rapidly and begin to mature.

However, in the early pregnancy, the developing embryo is very small (at 6 weeks gestation, the baby is only 5-9mm long) and a transvaginal ultrasound may be required to get a better image of the baby.

You should have your first pregnancy ultrasound scan in between 10 weeks and 13 weeks pregnant, but it can vary on a couple of other factors including where you live and how you’ve been up to the 12th week of pregnancy.This can be a bit uncomfortable if you have to wait with a full bladder but it does put your uterus in a better position for scanning.The dating scan is non-intrusive and won’t be painful; in fact, it can be quite a relaxing and exciting experience to see your little one and their tiny heartbeat for the first time.Pregnancy ultrasounds are performed mainly using transabdominal ultrasound.For many women, especially after 8 weeks gestation, sufficient information about the baby may be obtained with transabdominal ultrasound only.