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Wellbeing Scan

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.

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.

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THE BIRTH COMPANY - LONDON

137 Harley Street, London W1G 6BF
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Baker Street
Regent’s Park
Great Portland Street

THE BIRTH COMPANY - CHESHIRE

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