The cervical scan is an ultrasound test that is used to check the length of your cervix during pregnancy. The cervix is the passage at the opening of your womb. It will change as the pregnancy progresses in order to keep your baby safe and then to prepare for the delivery. We can measure the cervix during a trans-vaginal ultrasound to ensure it is within the normal range. If it is too short, then you may be at risk of complications such as a premature delivery.
The cervical scan is usually recommended if you are at risk of a premature delivery or there is reason to believe your cervix might be weaker than normal. Your midwife or obstetrician may refer you to us for a cervical scan if you have previously given birth early or had any issues with your cervix. You may need a cervical length scan if you were diagnosed with cervical incompetence during a previous pregnancy or you’ve had cervical surgery in the part. Cervical scans can also be performed to investigate symptoms such as loss of amniotic fluid.
The results will tell us whether your cervix is within the normal range for this stage in your pregnancy. If it is, then is should reassure you that you are at no higher risk of complications or early delivery. If an issue is detected, then there are steps your antenatal care team can take to reduce the risks. You will need to discuss the results with your obstetrician or midwife.
Some early pregnancy ultrasound scans are performed using a transvaginal probe technique. This technique is used to view the pelvic anatomy optimally, as the ultrasound probe can transmit safe ultrasound waves more directly to the pelvic area. In later stages of pregnancy, it may be advised to perform a transvaginal ultrasound scan to have a closer look at a baby’s anatomy, or to assess the maternal cervix.
There is no clinical risk associated with performing a transvaginal ultrasound scan. Transvaginal ultrasound scans can safely be performed during episodes of vaginal bleeding.
It is important that you understand the procedure that is associated with this examination.
If you are a virgin (Virgo intacta; hymen intact), guidance determines that transvaginal ultrasound scans are clinically contraindicated. If you have discussed this concern with your referrer and wish to proceed with a transvaginal ultrasound scan, this type of examination can be performed.
COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended in pregnancy. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies. Women may wish to discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances.
Find below a link to a Q&A from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists regarding Covid-19 Vaccines, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
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