Crown/rump length and gestational age are closely compared with each other until around the end of the first trimester.
The ideal time for a sonographer to assess the gestational age in the first trimester is between 7-10 weeks of pregnancy.
' And she said, 'Well, why have you come this early?
' And, as I say, 'Well, because you sent us a, the date through to come, you know.
And she started getting quite aggressive towards me and kind of in her, the way she was talking to me, and I kind of got a bit upset about this and said, 'Look, you know, I want you to do an internal scan, and if you can't see the baby properly I'm happy for you to do that. And my mum wasn't actually in the room at the time because you, they only, the hospital only allow you to have one person in the room with you at the time.
With many early pregnancy units stretched to over capacity, it is not always possible to get a same day appointment.
We're meant to be, you know, you're meant to, dating scan between 10 and 12 weeks. And our midwife spoke to someone in the ultrasonography department, and they said that they wanted us, because of our past history, because we had an anencephaly baby, you wanted to scan us at 10 weeks just to, so that it gave you more time to prepare to then do another scan at 16 weeks, which is the original plan'. ' I said, 'All I want you to do is to tell me if my baby is healthy and normal'.