What Can the Anomaly Scan Detect?

The main medical focus of the 20 week scan is to check for any signs of physical abnormalities. The ultrasound pictures are much clearer and more detailed than they were at the 12 week scan and your baby will have developed a lot. If you haven’t had an ultrasound since 12 weeks, the anomaly scan will be the first chance for your doctor or sonographer to detect these kinds of problems.

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Can You Have a Pelvic Ultrasound During Your Period?

If you’re experiencing menstrual symptoms or your doctor has referred you to us for full pelvic ultrasound scans then you may be wondering when is the best time to arrange your appointment during your menstrual cycle. The most common question we hear about the timing of scans is whether it is possible to have a pelvic ultrasound during your period.

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Getting the Best Picture for a Nuchal Scan

The nuchal scan is an important part of your antenatal care. In addition to checking on your baby’s growth and development, the sonographer will also perform the nuchal translucency test to screen for certain chromosomal abnormalities. The results can tell you whether your baby is at higher than normal risk of conditions such as Down’s syndrome.

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How Accurate is the Nuchal Scan?

One of the main purposes of the nuchal scan is to assess the risk of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome. The size of the nuchal fold at the back of the neck can be a good indication of this risk when it is measured during ultrasounds taken between 11 and 14 weeks.

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How Does NIPT Work?

NIPT is a simple blood test that can help to detect chromosomal abnormalities and other genetic conditions. If you’re thinking about having one of the NIPT tests that we provide at The Birth Company, then you may be wondering how it all works.

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Amniocentesis vs. NIPT: Which Should You Choose?

Amniocentesis and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) are two very different techniques that are used to check for the same thing. Both tests are usually only carried out if your medical history or the Nuchal Translucency scan suggest that there is a high risk of a chromosomal abnormality. The tests can confirm whether such an abnormality exists.

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What Happens When You Have NIPT?

Having non-invasive prenatal testing can be a big decision because of what the results could mean for you and your pregnancy. However, the test itself is straight forward. We will perform a detailed scan, all you will need to do is provide a sample of your blood.

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What Other Tests Are Available In Addition to Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans?

Most women will have at least a couple of ultrasound scans during their pregnancy, but depending on the situation they may have one or more other tests, either before conception or during pregnancy. Some of the most common tests include pre-conception ultrasounds, and blood tests carried out for screening purposes.

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What is a Viability Scan?

During pregnancy you’ll be able to have an ultrasound scan at several different stages. The earliest pregnancy scan is the viability scan, which has several purposes.

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How to Involve Older Siblings During Pregnancy

Becoming an older brother or sister can be tough, particularly for first children who have had their parents all to themselves. It is therefore important to get older children involved during the pregnancy so that they will be ready to welcome the new addition to the family.

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Turtle vs. Hamburger: How We Tell If You’re Expecting a Boy or Girl

Finding out if your baby is a boy or girl is one of the most exciting things that happens when you’re expecting. Read on to learn how we tell which you’re expecting.

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Comparing Internal and External Ultrasound Scans

When you have a scan, it can be performed either internally or externally. Both kinds of scan work in the same way, using equipment that converts sound waves into pictures.

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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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137 Harley Street, London W1G 6BF
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Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7HR
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