We offer baby scans all the way throughout your pregnancy from 6 weeks until 42 weeks of pregnancy. We do not substitute NHS pregnancy scans however we are here to provide additional baby scans. We can guarantee you 5 star client care by our qualified members of staff in accordance with our 5 star core values.
NHS 12-week pregnancy scan
The purpose of the initial dating pregnancy scan is to establish:
- How many weeks pregnant you are and work out your due date by measuring the fetus from head to bottom.
- Whether you’re expecting more than 1 baby
- To ensure your baby is growing inside of the uterus.
- Your baby’s development
This scan can detect some health conditions, such as anencephaly.
Does screening for Down’s syndrome happen at the dating baby scan?
This depends on whether you have agreed to have the screening programme and when the pregnancy scan takes place. Screening for Down’s syndrome will happen at the initial baby scan if:
- You have agreed to undertake the screening programme.
- The pregnancy scan takes place between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy
The screening test for Down’s Syndrome used at this stage of pregnancy is called the “combined test”. It involves a blood test and measuring the fluid behind the back of your baby’s neck (nuchal translucency) with an ultrasound scan. This is sometimes called a nuchal translucency scan.
The nuchal translucency measurement can be taken during the dating pregnancy scan. If you have agreed to have screening for Down’s Syndrome, the pregnancy scan and the screening will usually happen at the same time.
You will not be offered the combined screening test if your dating pregnancy scan happens after 14 weeks. Instead, you will be offered another blood test between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy to screen for your chance of having a baby with Down’s Syndrome.
NHS 20 Week baby scan
This detailed ultrasound baby scan, routinely called the fetal anomaly scan, is usually carried out when you are between 18 and 21 weeks pregnant.
The 20-week pregnancy scan is offered to everybody, but you do not have to have it if you do not want to.
The scan checks the physical development of your baby, although it is unable to detect every condition.
The 20-week baby scan is carried out in the same way as the 12-week pregnancy scan. It produces a 2-dimensional (2-D) black and white image that gives a side view of your baby. The NHS screening programme doesn’t use 3D or coloured images.
The pregnancy scan is a medical examination. You’ll be asked to give your permission for it to be carried out.
Make sure you understand what the pregnancy scan entails prior to providing your consent, and feel free to ask any questions.
What does the scan look for?
The 20-week pregnancy scan looks in detail at the baby’s anatomy; brain, face, lips, heart, stomach, diaphragm, kidneys, stomach, abdomen, spine and upper and lower limbs.
It allows the sonographer to look for 11 rare conditions. The pregnancy scan only looks for these conditions. Ultrasound is unable to detect all abnormalities.
- Open spina bifida
- Cleft lip
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Cardiac abnormalities
- Bilateral renal agenesis
- Lethal skeletal dysplasia
In most cases, your pregnancy scan will show that your baby appears to be developing as expected, but sometimes the sonographer will find or suspect something different.
Can my partner or a friend come to the scan with me?
Yes. The 20-week pregnancy scan can sometimes find the baby has a health condition. You may like someone to come with you to your baby scan appointment.
Most hospitals do not allow children to attend pregnancy scans as childcare is not usually available. Ask your hospital about this before your pregnancy scan appointment.
What if the pregnancy scan shows something?
Most pregnancy scans show that the baby seems to be developing as expected.
If any condition is found or suspected, the sonographer may ask for another member of staff to look at the pregnancy scan for a second opinion.
Pregnancy scans are unable to detect all conditions, and there’s always a chance that a baby may be born with a health issue that baby scans could not have detected..
Will I need any further tests?
If your pregnancy scan shows there might be something, you may be offered another pregnancy scan by a consultant, who specialises in fetal medicine.
If you’re offered further tests, you’ll be given more information about the tests so you can decide whether you want to have them. You’ll be able to discuss this with your midwife or consultant.