Wellbeing or Growth Scan
Fetal Growth or Well-Being scans are performed at any stage after 24 weeks of pregnancy. The scan is for women who are concerned about their pregnancy for any reason. A growing baby is a healthy baby so sometimes they are done in a sequence.
During this scan we measure the baby's head, abdomen and limbs, and estimate the baby’s weight. This gives a guide to how big your baby will be at birth. We also look at how the baby is moving, the amount of amniotic fluid, and where the placenta is. We will also assess the Doppler blood flow in the umbilical cord blood vessels. It is possible to tell the sex of your baby from this scan, but this becomes more difficult as you approach the end of your pregnancy.
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 well-being and Growth scan is not usually offered on the NHS unless:
- The placenta is low at the 20 week scan
- An abnormality was seen
- If the baby was measuring too small or big at the 20 week scan
- Previous premature delivery
- Previous pre-eclampsia
- Diabetes or Gestational diabetes
When can I have the scan?
A well-being scan ideally is performed any time after 14 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.
What structures of the baby can be checked?
Depending on the fetal position all major organs and structures are checked.
What are the indications or reasons for having this scan?
- As a second opinion
- More detailed scan
- Calm and relaxing environment
- As reassurance
- Reduced movement of the baby
- Bleeding or fluid loss
- To check to baby's position
Is there someone I can talk to about the outcome of my scan?
Yes, a consultant will be available to talk to if you have additional questions, concerns or if an abnormality was detected. Further tests including the Harmony Test or invasive tests such as a CVS or Amniocentesis can also be explained in depth.
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 occasionally evening appointments during the week as well as Saturday appointments. We have a wide range of availability therefore short notice appointments can be easily arranged.
What you will receive:
- Immediate results including gestational age and estimated due date.
- A report to file with your maternity notes.
- A video recording sent to an email of your choice via iBabyScan
What preparation is required?
no preparation is required
What is an iBabyScan?
The Birth Company is the first clinic in London to offer iBabyScan, allowing you to share your pregnancy ultrasound with friends and family wherever they are in the world. This optional recording can be shared with 1-click via Email, Facebook and Twitter. Simply tell your sonographer that you would like an iBabyScan – it only takes an additional one or two minutes.
What is the next scan following an reasurance scan?
A further well-being and growth scan can be done anytime if there is a continuing concern.