Ultra Sound Scans

All women who are pregnant must be offered two ultra sound scans during their pregnancy these scans are;
  • Dating scan – you will be sent an appointment for around 8-14 weeks of your pregnancy 
  • Anomaly scan- you will be sent an appointment for this scan around 18-21 weeks of pregnancy this, is to check how your baby is growing and to see whether there are any concerns with baby's development.  You may also be offered the opportunity to find out whether your baby is a boy or a girl at this appointment.  
Ultra sound scans use sound waves to create a picture of your baby they cause no harm to you or the baby. You can have a scan at any stage of your pregnancy.
Scans can sometimes show that there is a problem with  the baby's development and you will be given all the information and support you need to help you understand any problems your baby may have. The majority of scans show that babies are developing normally in the womb.

Nuchal Translucency scan

A Nuchal Translucency (NT) Scan is a relevantly new screening test which has been used in Wakefield since the end of 2010. The scan looks at whether or not the baby may have Down's Syndrome.  It is of no harm to you or your baby. This scan will be offered to you by your Midwife where you will have the opportunity to ask more questions about the scan and whether or not you wish to have the screening.
As with any test it can only estimate the risk of your baby having Down's Syndrome, to confirm this you would need to have a amniocentesis.  This is done by a Doctor putting a long thin hollow needle in to your stomach and through in to the amniotic sac your baby is in to extract a small amount of fluid to be tested.  With this procedure there is a risk of miscarriage. The scan most of the time is done at the same time as your dating scan as it must be carried out between 11 weeks – 13 weeks and 6 days of your pregnancy.


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