Ultrasound scans are an important part of your antenatal care, so it is important to know when you should have a scan and how to prepare for the appointment.
When to Make an Ultrasound Appointment?
All women in the UK will be offered routine scans at around 12 and 20 weeks, but you may have additional scans too. Your doctor or midwife will be able to advise you on when to have ultrasounds at the London clinic. You will then be able to make an appointment at the right time:
- Early scans can be performed to check on your pregnancy during the first couple of months.
- The dating scan is usually performed at around 12 weeks, but it can be done at any time between 8 and 14 weeks.
- Scans conducted after 16 weeks can reveal your baby’s gender. You might want to arrange a sexing scan if you can’t wait until the next routine scan.
- The anomaly scan is usually done at around 20 weeks, but it can be performed at any time between 18 and 21 weeks.
- 4D scans can be performed between 26 and 30 weeks.
- Additional scans may be recommended if you are expecting twins or you experience any complications during pregnancy.
- You can also arrange extra ultrasounds at private clinics in London if you want to see your baby more frequently for any reason.
Preparing for Your Scan?
Once you have booked your ultrasound appointment, there are a few extra steps you should take to make sure you are ready for the scan:
- Try to have a drink about an hour before your appointment and avoid urinating until after the scan. A full bladder can help the sonographer to get a clearer picture of your baby, but don’t hold it in of you feel uncomfortable.
- Wear clothes that are easy to pull away from your stomach so that you will feel as comfortable as possible during the scan.
- If you want company during the ultrasound scan, remember to ask your partner, a friend or family member to come to the London clinic with you.