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Reassurance Scan (14-24 Weeks)

  • Between 14 - 24 weeks
  • Peace of mind before movement can be felt.
  • Early assessment of baby's anatomy
  • Assess baby's growth
  • Look for source of bleeding


Reassurance scans are performed at any stage after 14 weeks of pregnancy. The scan is for women who are concerned about their pregnancy at this stage for any reason. During this scan we measure the baby's head, abdomen and legs. We also look at how the baby is moving, the amount of amniotic fluid, and where the placenta is. It is possible to tell the sex of your baby from this scan after 16 weeks.

What is currently offered by the NHS?

Pregnant woman are offered two routine ultrasound scans: One at approximately 12 weeks and the other at 20 weeks of pregnancy. A reassurance scan is not usually offered on the NHS unless:

  • There has been bleeding
  • The tummy is too big or too small
  • Severe maternal anxiety
  • Previous miscarriage
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When can I have the scan?

A reassurance is performed any time after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The position of the baby and placenta are determined as well as the size of the head in two diameters, the size of the tummy and the length of the upper leg are measured. These are plotted on an expected size chart. The volume of amniotic fluid is assessed. The placenta is visualised.

What structures of the baby can be visualized?

Depending on the number of weeks (after 16 weeks) and the fetal position all major organs and structures are visualized.

What are the indications or reasons for having this scan?

  • As a second opinion
  • More detailed scan
  • Calm and relaxing environment
  • As reassurance
  • Bleeding or fluid loss

Is there someone I can talk to about the outcome of my scan?

The sonographers are highly skilled and accredited in the performance of this scan. They will be able to talk to you if you have additional questions, concerns or if you receive a high risk result.

Consultant or Sonographer?

  • If you are having a normal pregnancy, then in most cases a scan by one of our experienced sonographers is advisable. All our sonographers are fully qualified and accredited, so you are in safe hands.
  • If however, you are experiencing complications with your pregnancy or need a second opinion, a scan with our consultant is recommended.

Is it easy to make an appointment?

We offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments during the week, as well as weekend appointments. A surcharge will be applied for evening and weekend appointments. We have a wide range of availability therefore short notice appointments can be easily arranged.

What you will receive:

  • Ultrasound scan results including gestational age and estimated due date.
  • A report to file with your maternity notes.
  • Ultrasound images
  • Short video clips and ultrasound images sent electronically with a copy of your report.

How is the scan electronically sent to you?

The Birth Company is the first clinic in UK to offer this service allowing you to share your pregnancy ultrasound with friends and family wherever they are in the world. This optional recording can be shared via Email, Facebook and Twitter. We will offer this to you routinely at the end of the scan. The transmission is instantaneous. Please note on this system currently there is no sound, only video. It is a national policy not to permit patient or partner's phone recording in a room. Simply tell your sonographer that you would like an electronic transmission of your scan. It will appear on your phone immediately.

How to prepare for your scan?

  • A moderately full bladder will improve the visibility of the pregnancy by transabdominal scan.

What is the next scan following a reassurance scan?

A further reassurance scan can be done anytime if there is a continuing concern. The next scan that we fully recommend is the anomaly scan at 20 - 22 weeks.

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Clinic Locations

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


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