If you’ve just had your 12 week or dating scan and your midwife has told you that you don’t need another until the 20 week abnormality scan, you might be thinking about fitting in another scan in between. Here are some of the best reasons to arrange a reassurance scan.

Extra Scans

You Don’t Have to Wait

All women in the UK are offered at least two ultrasound scans, at about 12 and 20 weeks. However, this means that there will be a very long wait between your first and second scans. Arranging extra scans in this period can be a good idea if you can’t put up with waiting or if you’re feeling at all anxious about your pregnancy. By the time you reach the end of your pregnancy, it may seem like it was over quickly, but when you are in the middle of it the wait between scans can seem unbearably long.

See How Your Baby is Changing

The images that you see at your 12 and 20 week scans will look very different. At 12 weeks, baby will be only a couple of inches long from the crown of the head to the rump. By 20 weeks, he or she will have grown to about six and a half inches from crown to rump. Although you can keep track of how your baby is changing by looking at pregnancy week by week guide in books or online, there is nothing quite like seeing your own baby growing before your eyes. The scan pictures you receive will also form a permanent record of baby’s growth and development.

Doctor’s Orders

Although most reassurance scans are carried out simply because the parents want to catch another glimpse of their baby, these extra scans may also be needed if there is a chance of certain complications. Your midwife or obstetrician may recommend that you have a scan in between your scheduled ultrasound appointments if:
  • You have noticed any bleeding
  • Your pregnancy bump isn’t growing as expected
  • You are having a high risk pregnancy
  • There were problems in any previous pregnancies
You can easily arrange a reassurance scan at The Birth Company if your antenatal care team recommends one or for any other reason. We will provide you with a full detailed report which you can add to your notes and show your local hospital.