Pregnancy Scans Guide
Discovering you are expecting a baby can be one of the most momentous feelings in the world. As well as being overjoyed, you may be anxious to make sure that everything is going smoothly.
Scans are a key way to check baby is developing normally.
Through ultrasound and careful studying of the images, your sonographer or consultant obstetrician can track growth and development, and analyse your baby’s anatomy.
For many parents, having the chance to catch a glimpse of their unborn child in an ultrasound only intensifies the excitement of expecting. The various pregnancy scans often mark important milestones in the journey towards birth.
For example, many couples wait until after the Nuchal Translucency Scan or 12 Week Scan to break the good news to people. Scans often help to bond expecting parents to their unborn child, and you can even take home pictures of your baby to keep and show your family and friends.
This Pregnancy Scans Guide has been put together to assist you in making an informed scans plan to best suit you and your family.
- First Trimester Scans (Up to 12 weeks)
Early Pregnancy Viability Scan
Nuchal Translucency Scan or 12 Week Scan
- Second Trimester Scans (13 weeks to 26 weeks)
Gender Scan or Sexing Scan
Anomaly Scan or 20 Week Scan
- Third Trimester Scans (27 weeks to 40 weeks)
Wellbeing Scan or Fetal Growth Scan
3D Scan and 4D Scan
We thank The Birth Company for their assistance in producing this guide.
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