Dating pregnancy with ultrasound
“That should be provided in all our maternity units and that should be available to public and private patients . However, according to a 2016 research paper, of which Dr O’Donoghue was a co-author, just seven of 19 (37 per cent), of maternity units in Ireland offered foetal anomaly ultrasounds to all pregnant women.Another seven offered them selectively, while five did not offer them at all.Dr O’Donoghue said not all anomalies are picked up by scans and not all detections result in better outcomes for the baby.“In Ireland there is no such thing as routine ultrasound,” she told the conference.If the result is 'Pregnant' the test will also indicate time since conception occurred ( 1-2, 2-3 or 3 weeks)."I have been buying Clearblue for years and I absolutely love their products.
Regarding decisions made by parents on whether to proceed with pregnancies when fatal foetal abnormalities are detected, Dr O’Donoghue said the debate on abortion does not help.A nuchal translucency ultrasound (commonly called a “nuchal scan” or “NT scan”) is an ultrasound performed between 11.5 and 13 weeks 6 days gestation.It is usually part of an assessment called combined first trimester screening.Parents make decisions on what to do on a number of factors, including the severity of the abnormality in question and quality of life for the baby, she said.Prior attitudes and beliefs as well as socio-economic factors can also come into play.
Nuchal translucency ultrasound alone can also provide this risk assessment, but it is not as accurate as combined first trimester screening.