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What Should You Expect at Your First Baby Scan?

Is It Time For Your First Baby Scan?

When it comes to having a child for the first time, the excitement and nerves together can initially make the entire process feel a little peculiar. Knowing how to feel can seem like a challenge – and as you approach your first ever baby scan, these nerves may become even more pronounced. Luckily, to help with this, our team has come together today to ensure that you know what to expect at your first baby scans; hopefully, this will help you relax and make the most of this truly magical experience. After all, it’s the first time you’ll ever get to meet your baby – so, don’t worry. There’s nothing to be worried about.

Attending your first baby scans is, without a doubt, a little nerve-wracking. With that being said, this is a time of great excitement for many families – and you may want to consider the following factors to ensure that your first baby scan goes smoothly.

If you are looking to book your first baby scan, make an appointment right here at Ultrasound Plus, our team of sonographers will be more than happy to guide you through the process and ensure you are taken care of.

When Does the First Scan Happen?

First of all, we need to consider when the first baby scans happen. Generally speaking, most women will be offered two ultrasounds during pregnancy; your first baby scan will likely be around 12 weeks pregnant, although this can vary between 10 and 14 weeks. Often, this scan is referred to as a “dating scan,” as your sonographer will also be able to estimate your baby’s due date! Following this, your second scan will typically occur at around 20 weeks of pregnancy.

What Happens During an Ultrasound Scan?

Ultrasound scans are straightforward procedures. You will be asked to lie on your back and lift your top so that the sonographer can see your stomach; then, a small amount of ultrasound gel will be applied so that your sonographer can use the probe to see your baby! Then, an image of your baby will appear on the connected screen.

It’s worth noting that ultrasounds can sometimes be a little tricky, so you must lie still throughout the procedure. This will allow your sonographer to find the best possible angle to see your baby and their features at present; it may be a little tickly, but try to hold still, and you’ll get the chance to see your baby’s face hopefully!

However, there’s no guarantee that your baby will play ball for your first baby scan; don’t feel bad if this is the case for you! Your baby is just feeling a bit cheeky today! If this happens, your sonographer will likely offer you another date to try again (hopefully, with your little one being in a more cooperative mood so you can see them correctly next time). 

How Long Does the First Baby Scan Take?

How long does your baby scan take for the first time? Many different factors can influence the length of time a baby scan takes, but most will usually take half an hour. 

If your baby is being beneficial and your sonographer is experienced, you may be able to meet your baby for the first time more quickly. Meanwhile, if your baby is lying awkwardly or if your sonographer is a little less experienced, it may take longer, around forty minutes or so.

After your baby scan, your sonographer will provide you with a copy of the ultrasound that you can keep forever; we highly recommend you look after this, as it provides a stunning record of your pregnancy and is a beautiful item to keep forever!

Are There Any Risks Associated with Scans?

As a final point, it’s well worth considering the safety of baby scans. Indeed, while there are no risks that we know of about the ultrasound, it is true nevertheless that you may have to make certain critical decisions following your ultrasound regarding your pregnancy. 

For example, if the ultrasound detects complications in your unborn child’s development, you could be offered an amniocentesis test, which could lead to potential risks of abortion.

As such, before undergoing an ultrasound, you should take a little time to prepare regarding any potential difficulties the ultrasound might detect. Nevertheless, the vast majority of pregnancies won’t require additional tests, and as such, it’s not worth getting worried about at all. Other than other decisions, the ultrasound itself appears to be an entirely safe procedure, both for you and your baby; plus, knowing the baby’s gender and ensuring they’re thriving is always a tremendous relief for many families!

Are You Ready For Your First Baby Scan?

If you’ve been considering booking your first baby scans, and you’re not quite sure how to go about the process or what to expect, we hope today’s guide may have settled your nerves a little. Indeed, it’s natural to feel a little unsure or curious about what the entire baby scans process entails; however, there’s no reason to worry, and it’s a moment you’ll surely cherish for life!

If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions about having an ultrasound carried out, be sure to get in touch with one of our team members today, Ultrasound Plus is always happy to discuss any questions you have.

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.

Nipt Test Prenatal Screening   Ultrasound Plus

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