Getting pregnant could be one of the most exciting and exhilarating times for a couple. It may also be a rollercoaster of emotions and for first time parents especially knowing what to expect as a pregnancy progresses could be both stressful and concerning.
An ultrasound scan or sonogram is a test that we can use to see what is happening inside your body. Although we often use them to check on your baby during pregnancy, we can also use ultrasound to diagnose certain medical problems.
You won’t usually need to do much to prepare for your ultrasound scan. However, there are a few things you can do to help us to get a clearer picture and to make your visit to the clinic as comfortable as possible.
If you are visiting The Birth Company for a pregnancy ultrasound then you will most likely be having an external scan. Although we do sometimes need to perform an internal scan to get a closer view of your baby, we can usually do the scan through your abdomen. We may also use an abdominal scan to investigate some gynaecological problems, but these usually require an internal scan.
If you are visiting the clinic for a gynaecological ultrasound then you will probably need to have an internal scan. Although it is sometimes possible to diagnose the problem with an external scan, we usually need to perform a trans-vaginal ultrasound to find out what’s wrong. We may also recommend an internal ultrasound when you are pregnant, particularly if you are having a very early scan in pregnancy.
Ultrasound scans are very safe. The scan uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of your insides. Unlike other imaging tests such as CT scans or X rays, there is no radiation involved. This means that there is no risk that the scan will cause cancer or any problems for your baby, if you are pregnant.
Screening tests are an important part of your antenatal care. We want you to be able to make informed decisions about you and your baby’s health.
After you arrive at The Birth Company clinic and let our support team know that you are here, you may have some time to relax in our comfortable waiting area before it is time for your appointment. You will then be asked to step into the scan room.
The ultrasound scan itself will usually take between 10 and 45 minutes, but your appointment will be a little longer. We allow plenty of time for you to talk to your sonographer before and after the scan. We want you to feel comfortable and completely unrushed at the clinic.
As experts in ultrasound, we can perform a wide range of different types of scans to find out what is going on inside your body.
When you have an ultrasound at The Birth Company clinic, we’ll help you understand what your results mean. You’ll have a chance to discuss them with your sonographer at the end of the appointment and we’ll provide a full report for your maternity notes or GP.
You can bring anyone you choose with you to your ultrasound scan. Many women like to have their partner, a close friend or a family member with them, and these companions are often just as excited to see the first pictures of the baby.
It is usually possible for us to tell if your baby is a boy or girl from about 16 weeks. You might think that you can see that your baby is a boy on an earlier scan, but both boys and girls actually look identical early on. A lot will change before your baby is born!
Getting the first pictures of your baby is one of the most exciting parts of having your pregnancy scans. When you visit The Birth Company clinic for ultrasound, you’ll get much more than just a single photo.
Ultrasound scans play a key role in your antenatal care, but there is another form of non-invasive testing that you may need to know about. Non-invasive prenatal testing can provide extra information about your baby’s health, without the need for invasive and potentially risky tests such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.
All women in the UK will be offered two routine ultrasound scans during pregnancy, at about 12 and 20 weeks. At The Birth Company, we usually recommend more fequent scans so we can keep a closer eye on your baby.
Morning sickness is very common. About 80% of women will experience it at some point during pregnancy. It is thought to be linked to the changes in your hormones that happen when you are pregnant.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential for you and your baby during pregnancy. However, there are certain foods that you should cut out of your diet when you become pregnant.
Here at The Birth Company we can perform a range of different scans to provide the information you need about your baby’s health and development at different stages of pregnancy.
' Professional and reassuring 'Helen Campbell
The sonographer was ready as soon as I arrived, and she was extremely calming, personable and professional. The scan and blood test where efficient without feeling rushed and all very easy. These appointments can feel uneasy and make you feel anxious but I felt reassured and in professional hands the whole time
I saw Kate throughout my first pregnancy and am now doing so again with my second. She is absolutely amazing, she explains everything really clearly, and has answered all sorts of bizarre questions and worries I have had. On top of being clinically excellent she is also just the loveliest person and always a pleasure to see.Sarah Elliott
We had the harmony test with the Birth Company and had a reassurance scan with sonographer Kirsty McGarry who was absolutely lovely and really put our minds at rest. We had been scared by our NHS dating scan and left feeling like there was something wrong. We explained the situation and was treated very professionally and with good care. Also speedy appointments also as I had phone in the morning and got an appointment by afternoon. So thankful.Ashley and Tom
Really friendly, efficient service. Great experience overall. Had the Panorama. My appointment was with Kate who was absolutely fantastic. The results came really quickly. Have a comparison with private healthcare elsewhere and must say that The Birth Company was just how I would like to be treated when I pay for medical services - attentively, calmly, friendly, in a pleasant environment that doesn't look like hospital. Top marks!Anna
' Efficient, friendly and always on hand to provide last minute appointments 'Anna s
The Birth Company has been excellent, providing timely scans and blood tests during my IVF treatment abroad. Staff are always friendly and extremely efficient. I would highly recommend coming here.
' Professional and friendly 'Lyndsey Dilla
When I first contacted the Birth Company I spoke to Danielle. She was fantastic. She went above & beyond to put me at easy & make the journey from Kent as stress free as possible. Every staff member that myself and my husband have come into contact with have been approachable, professional and friendly. Kate scanned me the first time and put me completely at easy. Lisa on reception is professional and very approachable. Highly recommended
' Highly recommended 'Emelie
Donald was so lovely! I was so nervous as I have a bad history and he was super quick and confirmed my baby's heartbeat as quickly as he could. He spent time showing me the baby and the anatomy and it was the best money I have ever spent! The reception girls were lovely too - considering they deal with babies day in day out they were super excited for me! Thank you so much one and all! If only I lived in London and could have all my scans with you!
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