Fetal Wellbeing & Growth Scan, Includes Doppler Scan and Presentation - 23-40 weeks of pregnancy

What is a Wellbeing Scan?

Wellbeing scans are performed to check on your baby’s health and growth after 24 weeks. You can have a wellbeing scan just to see how your baby is doing, but we also recommend these scans if you are having a higher risk pregnancy or you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms. As well as performing some important health checks, we’ll also measure your baby and give you an estimate of their birth weight.

Why this scan?

  • Find out how much your baby has grown
  • Check on your baby’s health and movement
  • Investigate any symptoms like bleeding or reduced movement

What you will receive

  • Complete scan report for your maternity notes
  • Get an estimate of the expected birth weight
  • Scan pictures
  • Link to your online pictures and video

When Should You Have a Wellbeing Scan?

You can have a wellbeing scan at any time after 24 weeks. Fitting in an extra ultrasound between the anomaly scan and the due date can be very reassuring. It will give you a chance to see how well your baby is growing and to get an estimate of their birth weight. We’ll also perform a series of health checks on the baby, umbilical cord and placenta.

It is particularly important to have a wellbeing scan if you’re experiencing a higher risk pregnancy, for example because you’re expecting twins, or you’ve experienced problems such as pre-eclampsia or premature delivery with previous pregnancies. Having additional growth and wellbeing scans can also be a good idea if your baby was smaller or larger than expected during previous scans or if your bump is smaller or larger than normal. Wellbeing scans are also recommended to investigate symptoms such as fluid loss or reduced movement or if any issues were detected during previous ultrasounds, such as the 20 week anomaly scan.

Fetal Wellbeing & Growth Scan, Includes Doppler Scan and Presentation - 23-40 weeks of pregnancy

What to Expect

  • You can arrange a wellbeing scan at any time after 24 weeks.
  • Wellbeing scans are trans-abdominal ultrasounds. You will be asked to lie down and pull back the clothing from your belly. The ultrasound probe will then be pressed against your skin. It helps to have a moderately full bladder, so you should have a drink of water before the scan.
  • We will be able to estimate your baby’s birth weight from his or her size at the wellbeing scan. The estimate is most accurate if you have an ultrasound after 28 weeks.
  • A special ultrasound technique known as a Doppler scan will be performed to measure the blood flow through the umbilical cord. We’ll also check the placenta and amount of amniotic fluid.
  • We should be able to tell if your baby is a boy or girl, if you don’t already know, but this does become harder later in the pregnancy.

Arranging Your Wellbeing Scan

You can arrange a growth and wellbeing scan in Cheshire at any time after 24 weeks. Simply use our online booking system to make an appointment at a time that suits you. One of our experienced sonographers will perform the scan so that you can see how well your baby is doing.

Patient Information

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.

  • The ultrasound transducer will be placed in the vagina (the probe is prepared using high grade medical disinfectant)
  • The transducer will be introduced with a latex / non latex type covering and sterile ultrasound gel.
  • It will be necessary to move the transducer from side to side, up and down and may be swivelled to obtain ultrasound images of your pelvic anatomy.
  • If you prefer, you may insert the transducer yourself, otherwise the person conducting the examination will do this.
  • A third person may be present during the examination acting as a chaperone, if required by the sonographer or yourself.
  • You may request the examination to be stopped at any time during the procedure.


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.

Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine in pregnancy?

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.

Frequent questions regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Find below a link to a Q&A from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists regarding Covid-19 Vaccines, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

COVID-19 Vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding  

COVID-19 Information Sheet and Decision Aid

Clinic Locations

Visit our clinic in Central London and Cheshire


137 Harley Street,
London W1G 6BF

Nearest Underground Tube Stations

Baker Street
Regent’s Park
Great Portland Street

Get Directions


Alderley Edge Medical Centre, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge,
Cheshire, SK9 7HR

Nearest Overground Train Station Alderley Edge

Get Directions


Honest Review of Our Patients

Read Our Reviews Write a Review

Thank you to all our patients for considering coming to our clinic. We aim to meet the highest standards.

Make an Enquiry

Call us between 8am – 8pm or Book Online

Harley Street, London

The Birth Company
137 Harley Street

020 7725 0528

Harley Street, London Opening Times

Mon 08:00 - 20:00
Tue 08:00 - 20:00
Wed 08:00 - 20:00
Thu 08:00 - 20:00
Fri 08:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Sun 10:00 - 14:00

Alderley Edge, Cheshire

The Birth Company
Alderley Edge Medical Centre,
Talbot Road,
Alderley Edge

016 2570 4080

Alderley Edge, Cheshire Opening Times

Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Covid-19 Guidelines