the first scan timing is only important if you want the nuchal test - that must be done when you are 12-13 weeks.....with ds1 when i had my 1st scan i was 14 weeks.....the sonographer said straight away the baby was past 13 weeks and it would be too late to measure the nuchal fold. I was 14+5 apparantly at that scan. Just had 1st scan wwith 2nd dc and am 12+3 (comparing the scans, the differnece in development in 2 weeks is quite amazing!) The 1st scan is just for dating really. From this scan you will get your true due date......which will prob differ form the date the midwife gave you as that doesn't take into account cycle length.
You should have blood tests at your booking in? As others have said it is only if you want the nulchal that you are way out for dates/ We have to pay for that here too even though should get it being over 35 and my NHS scan was after the cut off so had to pay for dating scan too as well as the nulchal (well oscar). The difference in NHS trusts is still very different depending on where you are in the country
When I found out I was pg and lived in Glasgow (2005) I was 17+5 at my first scan and that was the one and only scan I ahd there until I moved to the Highlands where they were gobsmacked by this and gave me a detailed scan at 30+6 weeks.
I know its different depending on where you live which is quite frankly appauling!
My midwife said I would have a dating/nuchal scan at 12ish weeks then an anomoly scan at 20 weeks and due to my high risk of pre-eclampsia rearing its ugly head again from 30weeks may well have fortnightly growth scans!!
I also had a 12 week nuchal scan and 20 week scan with DD1 (I live in same area!)
Think I'll ring my midwife on Tuesday!?
Thanks for all your advice though, think we should start a campaign for fair and equal ante-natal care in the UK though!