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Your Ultimate Ultrasound Guide for First Pregnancy

An ultrasound, which is also known as a sonogram is a prenatal test mostly preferred by pregnant women. It is a scan that uses sound waves of high frequency that enter the body through the skin and travel through soft tissues and fluids. The ultrasound transducer is used to produce sound waves that bounce off body tissues and produce echoes which are captured by the transducer too, the transducer then sends the signal to the computer; as a result, an image of the inside of the body is produced! In case of pregnancy, the mother gets a sonogram which shows a picture of her baby in the uterus.

Some of the Obvious Reasons for Having an Ultrasound during Pregnancy

It’s the first step, after the signs and symptoms of a possible pregnancy have occurred, which confirms that a woman is pregnant. During trimesters doctors continuously make use of ultrasound to check the baby’s age and growth through which they predict the due date. It is like a health check for the baby while it’s still in the womb. One of the most important reasons to use ultrasound is to check for birth defects like heart defects. Moreover, it is done to avoid any complications in pregnancy and to keep the uterus and ovaries in check.

Various Types of Ultrasounds

Since ultrasound technology has become so common these days, experts did not limit themselves to carry out only the 2-D ultrasound scans that give the black and white or grey colour images of the womb and the baby. Now that the advancements have been done in every other field through technology, various types of ultrasounds have come in front that has provided ease to have a better pregnancy experience for the mothers.

Some of the most renowned types of ultrasounds are also discussed below for your assistance.

Transabdominal Ultrasounds

Transabdominal ultrasound includes looking over your lower stomach area. A limited quantity of ultrasound gel is put on the skin of the lower mid-region, and then with the ultrasound probe scan takes place at the region where the gel was placed. The gel improves contact between the probe and your skin.

It has been observed from many case studies that transabdominal ultrasounds are not reliable to predict the accurate results about having a pregnancy that is lesser than 6 weeks.

Transvaginal Ultrasounds

It is an internal ultrasound. It includes scanning with the ultrasound probe lying in the vagina. Transvaginal ultrasound usually delivers better and more clear pictures of the female pelvic organs, including the developmental pregnancy phases, since the ultrasound probe lies nearer to these structures.

Transvaginal ultrasounds are comparatively more efficient as it can detect the pregnancy in the earlier stages as well. It has observed through case studies that transvaginal ultrasounds are reliable to detect the pregnancy in the 4.5 to 5 weeks development of the baby.

3-D Ultrasounds

Some mothers consider the standard 2-D ultrasounds highly disappointing because all they see is a dim, hazy image. This is only because the ultrasound sees directly through the baby, so the images show her inner organs. However, the 3-D scans have the capability to show the still pictures of the baby in three dimensions.

With the help of the 3-D ultrasounds, it is easier for the mother or the parents to see the skin of their baby rather than the insides. The shape of the baby’s nose and mouth can easily be detectable by the help of the 3D ultrasound scans. Also, there is totally no harm in having the 3-D ultrasounds as it completely safe just like the 2-D ultrasounds.

4-D Ultrasounds

Where 3-D ultrasounds show the still images of the baby in the womb, the 4-D ultrasound allows you to see those 3D images of the baby in the motion. Although it is declared as a safe process, the experts sometimes are opposed the idea of the mother having the 3-D and 4-D ultrasound scans as it means that you are intentionally or unintentionally exposing the fetus to more ultrasounds than the medical necessity. It also happens in many ultrasounds, especially the private ones that it took 45 minutes to almost an hour, which is obviously more extended than the safety limit that has been recommended.

Although we are getting some threatening information about these dynamic types of ultrasounds, the studies on the hand have proved that it is entirely safe and it also helps the doctor to spot if there is any problem with the baby, and easy to explain to the parents or the mother.

Doppler Ultrasounds

Doppler ultrasound generally uses the sound waves to distinguish the development of blood in vessels. It is utilized in pregnancy to contemplate blood course in the child, uterus and placenta. Utilizing it in high-hazard pregnancies will be really beneficial, where there is worry about the condition of the fetus.

Some of the time, babies don’t develop well for reasons we don’t completely get. Babies with poor development are bound to have inconveniences, bringing about the fetus being sick or biting the dust. Doppler ultrasound distinguishes changes in the pattern of blood course through the child’s dissemination.

Is There Anything Concerning About Having Ultrasounds?

Since ultrasound uses the sound waves and not radiation it is the most effective method of examining the body during pregnancy. The only problem that rarely comes up is the misdiagnosis of the ultrasound scan in which the scan may show a defect, but after doing certain tests the baby comes out to be perfectly healthy.

Things You Can Expect During Ultrasounds

If you are getting pregnant and for the very first time obviously there is less knowledge you might have regarding the ultrasound scans. Some women are even petrified in their first-time pregnancy to take the ultrasound scanning test, but there is unequivocally nothing to be worried about. Discussed below are a little briefing of what you can expect with the ultrasound scans.

First Trimester

You know your first trimester has started when you miss your monthly cycle, your breasts feel sore, and you feel drained out after small chores. The first-trimester sonogram shows an unclear picture of a tiny baby and the doctor might get the transvaginal test done to get a clear picture of the uterus, placenta, fallopian tube, ovaries and cervix. At this stage, the possibility of multiple pregnancies can also be confirmed.

Second Trimester

Between 18 to 20 weeks, the second-trimester starts, and a clearer picture can be seen by doing a thorough ultrasound. At this stage, the ultrasound is done to note the heartbeat, movement of the baby and to check if the organs are developing well although different organs can’t be distinguished at this stage. The examination done during this period is to check for vital points like baby’s sex, placental abnormality, structural and functional abnormalities of the fetus, a mutation in the baby, the flow of oxygen to the fetus, etc.

Third Trimester

The third and final trimester ultrasound scan is not an obligation. It is performed to have a follow up of the fetal heart rate and to finalize if C-section or normal delivery has to be done by studying the position of the placenta.

Who to contact?

You can contact pregnancy professionals and specialists at Ultrasound Plus to book your next appointment and to acquire high-quality visuals and ultrasound results.

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