Having a baby is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make in your life. Although it’s not possible to prepare for every surprise along the way, there are some important steps you can take to ensure you’re physically ready for pregnancy.
Needing to urinate more often is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. It can actually be one of the first signs that you might be expecting, but it can also persist throughout your pregnancy.
You can have NIPT from just 9-10 weeks into your pregnancy, but how long will you have to wait to get your results?
When you’re trying to get pregnant, you’ll probably want to know as soon as it happens. How quickly can you tell that you’re pregnant and what are the first signs that you should be looking out for?
Keeping on top of your schedule can be a big part of pregnancy. You have all sorts of antenatal appointments, ultrasound scans, and developmental milestones on your mind.
Did you know that pregnancy symptoms can start right at the beginning, before you‘ve missed a period? Even when your baby is just a tiny ball of cells, the changes in your hormone levels can have a big effect on your body.
The first opportunity to find out your baby’s gender will usually occur during one of the ultrasound scans that you have during pregnancy. Depending on when you have your scans, this might not be during your first ultrasound.
If you are having certain kinds of scan, such as a gynaecological ultrasound or an early pregnancy scan, then it may be necessary to perform a transvaginal ultrasound.
3D scans have become a very popular choice for parents in the UK. If you are still deciding whether to have this special kind of pregnancy scan then considering the following advantages and disadvantages of 3D ultrasound might help you to make up your mind.
By the time that you have your 3D ultrasound you will probably have had at least two 2D scans already. You will probably be quite familiar with what a normal ultrasound looks like, especially if you have been looking at your scan pictures and videos. However, knowing what a conventional ultrasound looks like won’t prepare you for what you will see when you have a 3D baby scan.
The pictures you see during a 3D ultrasound will look very different from those that appear on the screen during your routine scans. You might think that this means that they are created using very different technologies, but the truth is that the differences stem from the way the data is processed rather than in the way the pictures are taken.
You might not know much about the endometrial cells that line your uterus, but these are some of the hardest working cells in your body. Every month when you are menstruating, the endometrium thickness and then is shed during your period.
The Harmony test is one of the options for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in London. It can provide valuable information about your baby’s health and is suitable for use in most pregnancies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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