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Reassurance Scan

A Reassurance Scan is not usually necessary in the second trimester, but might be advisable if you have had bleeding or been unwell.

When is the scan performed?
14 weeks – 22 weeks

What will I learn from the scan?
The baby’s head, abdomen, and leg length will be measured. The placenta can be located and the amniotic fluid and umbilical cord assessed. The measurements will be plotted on a graph which you will be given.

How is the scan performed and how long does it take?
This scan is performed through the tummy (a trans-abdominal scan) and usually takes 15-20 minutes.

Do I need to prepare for the scan?
You do not need to have a full bladder for this scan and no special preparation is needed.

What do I get at the end of the scan (pictures/DVD)?
You will have several pictures of the baby to keep.

Should I have the scan with a consultant or sonographer?
If you are having a normal pregnancy, then in most cases a scan by a fully qualified, experienced sonographer is advisable. If however, you are experiencing complications with your pregnancy or need a second opinion, a scan with an obstetrics consultant is recommended.

Reassurance Scan

Reassurance Scan Picture (Click image to enlarge)

How much will it cost?
Reassurance scans will usually cost £100 to £180.

Related Resource: List of high quality private pregnancy scan clinics in the UK