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Are Ultrasound Scans Important During Your Pregnancy?

Is It Time For Your Ultrasound?

Ultrasound scans are a type of radiology that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs. This diagnostic imaging procedure is used to visualise fetuses during pregnancy. Ultrasound scans can also detect abnormalities and problems with the baby.

Despite ultrasound scans being an essential part of modern obstetric care, some risks are associated with baby scans. Doctors advise that women receive less than four baby scans during pregnancy to reduce any potential health problems for their baby.

Here at Ultrasound Plus our team of sonographers have been providing ultrasound scans for expecting mothers for several years, if you would like to speak to one of our team regarding the services we offer give us a call today, or alternatively, book an appointment using our easy online system.

What are ultrasound scans, and what do they do?

An ultrasound is a baby scan that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images. The sound waves bounce off the baby’s bones and tissue. The reflected sound waves are converted into electrical signals displayed on sonogram images, which are detected by a transducer.

How often should you have a scan during your pregnancy?

Most doctors recommend having at least two ultrasound scans during pregnancy – one in the first trimester and one in the second trimester. However, some women may have baby scans at different times, depending on their health conditions and baby’s development.

Where can baby scans be taken?

Baby scans during pregnancy are typically carried out at a hospital or ultrasound department of a medical centre that specialises in diagnosing pregnancies.

The baby is often viewed as still pictures that show the baby’s size, location, shape, position and even gender should you wish to be told. However, baby scans are also recorded on videos that can be shared with family members.

What types of baby scans are there?

There are two significant types of baby scans during pregnancy – transabdominal ultrasound and transvaginal ultrasound.

A transabdominal baby scan is where a baby scan probe is placed on the mother’s abdomen to create baby images. A transvaginal baby scan is where a baby scan probe is inserted inside the vagina so that baby images can be made from a closer range.

What types of problems will an ultrasound scan detect?

Ultrasound scans are very effective at detecting significant abnormalities in a baby’s brain, spine, heart and abdominal organs. The baby scans also notice many other less common problems with a baby’s development before birth.

What are the benefits of baby scans during pregnancy?

Ultrasound baby scans provide accurate information about how the baby develops in the uterus. Baby pictures can be captured that show baby’s position in the uterus, the baby’s facial features and the baby’s size. In addition, ultrasound baby scans are used to determine the baby’s age by entering the last menstrual period (LMP) date in an ultrasound calculator. The baby pictures provide valuable information about the baby’s health that helps you make informed decisions about your pregnancy.

How do the baby size and position during pregnancy affect baby scans?

A doctor can determine the baby’s size compared to the average pregnancy. In addition, the baby pictures captured from baby scans may show that baby is lying in an awkward position in the uterus, which makes it difficult to view the baby’s organs with ultrasound probes.

What types of conditions increase the risk of baby scans during pregnancy?

The baby scans are considered safe for all babies. However, baby scans may be less accurate in the following conditions: if the baby is small or large for the age; the baby is lying in an awkward position (transverse lie); baby has a low amniotic fluid level; and if baby blocks most of the ultrasound signals.

What happens if a problem is detected during a scan?

If a problem is detected during a baby scan, the doctor may order more tests to determine the severity of the problem. The baby scans provide a good starting point for investigating any potential issues with the baby’s development. If a significant abnormality is detected, the baby may need to be delivered early.

Do you have your ultrasound booked?

Ultrasound baby scans are fundamental during pregnancy as they provide accurate information about how the baby is developing. Baby pictures can be captured that show baby’s position in the uterus, the baby’s facial features and the baby’s size. Ultrasound baby scans are used to determine the baby’s age by entering the date of the last menstrual period (LMP) in an ultrasound calculator. The pictures of baby pictures provide valuable information about the baby’s health that helps you make informed decisions about your pregnancy.

Contact Ultrasound Plus for an ultrasound today!

Pregnancy Scans offered by Ultrasound Plus

First Trimester Pregnancy Scans

6 to 12 weeks of pregnancy

Early Reassurance Scan

Early Pregnancy Scan: £80

Available from 6 to 8 weeks gestation, our Early Pregnancy Scan is vital for early reassurance. It confirms pregnancy, determines gestational age, and provides an estimated due date. This viability or early pregnancy scan is an essential first step in your prenatal journey.

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Dating Scan: £80

Available from 8 to 16 weeks gestation, our Dating Scan measures gestational age from the first day of your last menstrual period, offering an estimated date of delivery. This scan is crucial for planning and preparing for the upcoming stages of pregnancy.

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NIPT test (Prenatal Screening): £395

Available from 10 weeks onwards, our Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing is a significant advancement in screening for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and Patau syndrome. It analyses cell-free DNA circulating in the mother’s blood.

Second Trimester Pregnancy Scans

13 to 27 weeks of pregnancy

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Reassurance Scan: £65

Available from 13 to 40 weeks, our Reassurance Scan is recommended for those needing peace of mind during pregnancy, especially if experiencing pain, bleeding, or reduced baby movements.

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Private Gender Scan: £65

Available from 16 to 40 weeks, our Gender Scan will help you discover whether you’re having a boy or a girl. We give 99% accuracy and also includes a wellbeing assessment and the option to have your gender reveal put in an envelope to take home.

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Anomaly Scan: £150

Available from 19 to 24 weeks, our Anomaly Scan provides a thorough examination of fetal development. It checks anatomical structures, including the head, chest, stomach, kidneys, limbs, spine, and heart.

Third Trimester Pregnancy Scans

27 to 40 weeks of pregnancy

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Growth Scan: £70

Available from 24 to 38 weeks, our Growth Scan evaluates your baby’s development. It’s particularly recommended for monitoring the growth and size of your baby, especially in cases of previous complications or concerns.

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Presentation Scan: £70

Available from 37 to 40 weeks, the Presentation Scan checks your baby’s position before delivery. This includes a wellbeing assessment and is crucial for understanding the baby’s positioning, particularly in cases of breech presentation.

3D/ 4D Baby Scan: from £90

Available from 24 to 34 weeks, the 3D and 4D Scans allow you to see your growing baby in real-time. Experience this special moment with detailed 3D or 4D color photos and video capturing your baby’s movements.

Book Your Personalised Pregnancy Scans

At Ultrasound Plus, we understand that every pregnancy is unique. Our team of experienced sonographers ensures that each scan is conducted with the highest level of care and precision. Book your appointment today for a comprehensive and comforting pregnancy scan experience in the UK

Keepsakes You Can Take Home After Your Scan With Us

A6 2D/3D B/W Ultrasound Image of your baby for £5

Baby Frames For A6 ultrasound images for £10

2D/3D Digital Download of your baby’s ultrasound images for £6

6×4 3D Colour image for £6

2D/3D Ultrasound Image Keyring for £6

2d/3d ultrasound image fridge magnet for £6

Gender Reveal Confetti Cannon for £12

Heartbeat bear for £25

Gender Reveal Box for £35

2D Video of your ultasound for only £15