Reassurance Scan / Early Anatomy Ultrasound Scans 14-24 Weeks of Pregnancy

  • Appointment duration 30 - 40 minutes 
  • Between 14 - 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • See your baby's heartbeat and first movements before you can feel them
  • Peace of mind before movement can be felt
  • Measurements taken to assess baby's growth
  • Includes an Early Fetal Ultrasound Scan or Early Anatomy Ultrasound Scan by our Specialist Sonographers (Dependent on gestation at time of appointment)
  • If you require a second opinion, please ensure that you provide us with your relevant ultrasound report
  • ahead of your appointment
  • Your questions answered
  • Baby and Parents-to-be focused care
  • Determine cause of any symptoms such as bleeding if present
  • Reassurance if the Midwife cannot hear baby’s heartbeat using a Stethoscope
  • We offer longer appointments times as routine


Reassurance Scans are performed at any stage from 14 weeks of pregnancy. This ultrasound scan is for parents to be who have any concerns about their pregnancy at this stage. During this scan the Sonographer will take time to perform many detailed checks on your baby and other structures related to the pregnancy such as the amniotic fluid and placenta. It is also possible to tell the sex of your baby from this pregnancy scan from 16 weeks, if you would like to find out if you are having a boy or girl.

What is currently offered by the NHS?

Pregnant women are commonly offered two routine ultrasound scans within their NHS care. The Nuchal Translucency Screening is offered from 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy to determine if there is an increased likelihood of a major chromosomal or structural condition. The second routine ultrasound scan offered is performed between 20 to 24 weeks of pregnancy to assess for major structural conditions which could not have been determined at an earlier gestation. A Reassurance Scan is not usually offered by the NHS unless:

  • There have been unexpected symptoms such as bleeding
  •  The baby bump appears too big or too small

  • The parents to be are suffering pregnancy related anxiety

  • The Midwife or Doctor has not been able to hear your baby's heartbeat using a stethoscope. It is common in early gestations for this to happen in a normal pregnancy.
  • A previous history of miscarriages in the second trimester


Reassurance Scan 16 Weeks The Birth Company Harley Street London

When can I have the Reassurance Scan?

A Reassurance Scan is performed any time from 14 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Parents to be usually choose this pregnancy scan to provide extra reassurance, commonly after screening for chromosomal conditions such as Downs syndrome has already been performed by Nuchal Translucency screening or NIPT by the NHS or their private pregnancy clinic.  

What structures of the baby can be visualised during the Reassurance Scan?

An early fetal anatomy scan will be performed by our Specialist Sonographers. You will be able to see your baby's heartbeat and first movements before you can feel them. Our Sonographer will assess baby's head, brain, face, heart, stomach, kidneys, bladder, hands, feet, spine, and abdominal wall within the limits of your pregnancy gestation. How many weeks pregnant you are determines how much of baby's anatomy the sonographer can check at this stage. Other pregnancy related structures such as amniotic fluid and the position of the placenta will be assessed. 

What are the indications or reasons for having this Reassurance Scan?

  •  To reassure that baby's heart is beating, the baby is growing and developing well
  •  Our Specialist Sonographers perform advanced detailed ultrasound scans earlier than your NHS 20 week Anomaly Scan
  •  If adverse pregnancy symptoms such as pain or bleeding occur
  •  The mother to be feels a change in pregnancy symptoms
  •  Baby's movements cannot yet be felt or the pattern of movements have changed
  •  The Midwife was unable to hear baby's heart beating with a stethoscope or perform a good assessment of baby's growth with a tape measure
  •  If you have a medical history which indicates that an assessment of the cervix should be performed. The Cervical scan can be performed in addition to the Reassurance Scan. 

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 listen to your concerns and answer your questions. The Sonographer will recommend further pregnancy scans, or Consultant referral where needed. 

Reassurance Scan / Early Anatomy Ultrasound Scans 14-24 Weeks of Pregnancy

Consultant or Sonographer?

  • In the majority of pregnancies a Reassurance Scan can be performed by one of our experienced sonographers. All our sonographers are fully qualified and accredited, so you are in safe hands. They have received additional training in the early fetal scan. 
  • If however, you are experiencing complications with your pregnancy or need a second opinion, a Reassurance Scan with our consultant is recommended.

Is it easy to make an appointment?

We offer morning, afternoon and evening availability 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 same day appointments can be easily arranged. Our Sonographers are here to reassure even at short notice. 

What you will receive:

  • Detailed ultrasound report and images
  • A report to file with your maternity notes.
  •  YourBabyScan Images and Videos direct to mobile and email
  •  Baby Ultrasound Keep Sake Images to take home
  •  Longer appointment times as routine
  •  A calm and relaxing environment
  •  High quality professional care from our Specialist Sonographers who are committed to advances in pregnancy care 

How is the Reassurance 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 that the video of baby moving will not have any sound. 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 Reassurance Scan?

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

Which is the next pregnancy 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. If you are over 24 weeks then we recommend a Wellbeing/Growth scan.

Reassurance Scan / Early Anatomy Ultrasound Scans 12-24 Weeks of Pregnancy

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A Cervical Length Assessment can be added to your Reassurance Scan - Click here for more details

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations, a full refund of your appointment fee will be given with 24 hours notice. If less than 24 hours notice of cancellation is given, a £50 cancellation fee will be applied. Our full terms and conditions can be found here: Terms and Conditions

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 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.   

Transvaginal Ultrasound Consent

Below is a link to our Transvaginal Ultrasound Consent Form. This must be completed ahead of your appointment to confirm whether you consent or do not consent to having your scan performed internally.

Transvaginal Ultrasound Consent Form 


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.

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