Deciding Whether or Not NIPT is Right for Your Family

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.

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What is an Ultrasound Scan?

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.

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Prepare for Ultrasound Scan

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.

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External Scans

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.

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Internal Scans

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.

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Risks of Ultrasound Scans

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.

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Pregnancy Screening Tests & why

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.

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What happens in the scan room?

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.

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How long does it take?

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.

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Types of scans available.

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.

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Results– explained

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.

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Who can attend the scan?

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.

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Can I able to know sex of my 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!

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Can I get picture of my baby?

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.

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Everything you need to know about non-invasive prenatal testing

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.

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When should I have scan during pregnancy?

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.

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Morning sickness in pregnancy

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.

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Food to avoid in pregnancy

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.

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List of scans during pregnancy (list with small explanation of each)

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.

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Clinic Locations

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137 Harley Street, London W1G 6BF
Nearest Underground Tube Stations

Baker Street
Regent’s Park
Great Portland Street


Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7HR
Nearest Overground Train Station

Alderley Edge