Of these, 36% arrange extra scans for reassurance that all’s well.
The advice from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is to have your early scan and then the anomaly scan at 18-20 weeks.
Ultrasound scans in pregnancy have several purposes: Ultrasound scans have been used for many years, and there are no known risks to you or your baby from having the routine scans offered in pregnancy.
If you’re considering a private 3D or 4D scan, it’s worth considering that these scans often last longer, meaning your baby will be exposed to more ultrasound than they are during routine NHS scans.
You might be offered further tests to give you more information about the problem, but you won’t have to make an instant decision about whether to have them.
You’ll be able to discuss it with a midwife or doctor who can explain what’s involved and, in some cases, you might be referred to a specialist.
The dating scan will establish how far along you are and give you an estimated due date.It’s always upsetting if antenatal screening tests or scans uncover a problem, but support is available from doctors, midwives or specialist support groups.The established charity ARC, which stands for Antenatal Results and Choices, can provide information and support.Based on the result, you might choose to have further tests to get a definitive answer.If you’d rather not know about possible risks, you can have the dating scan without the combined test. Between 18 and 21 weeks, you’ll have your anomaly scan, which is sometimes called the mid-pregnancy scan.