Back to Your pregnancy care. Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build a picture of the baby in the womb. The scans are painless, have no known side effects on mothers or babies, and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy. Talk to your midwife, GP or obstetrician about any concerns you have. Having a scan in pregnancy is usually a happy event, but be aware that ultrasound scans may detect some serious health conditions, so try to be prepared for that information.
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Back to Your pregnancy care. If you're pregnant in England you'll be offered an ultrasound scan at around 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is called the dating scan. It's used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby's development. The scan may also be part of a screening test for Down's syndrome. Your midwife or doctor will book you a dating scan appointment. It will usually take place at your local hospital ultrasound department.
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While some of these testing procedures can leave you exhausted, others give you the joy of looking at the baby inside the womb or even listening to its heartbeat. One such detailed scanning procedure is the Anomaly scan that is performed midway through your pregnancy. Find out more about this procedure and its significance in this MomJunction post.
Ultrasound scans in pregnancy may be routine or they may be offered because of pain or bleeding or because of problems in a previous pregnancy. In early pregnancy, especially before 11 weeks, it is usual to have a trans-vaginal internal scan , where a probe is placed in the vagina. This gives the clearest and most accurate picture in early pregnancy. The person doing the scan spreads a special gel on your lower abdomen below your belly button and above the line of pubic hair. He or she then moves the scanner over the gel, sometimes pressing down, until the uterus womb and pregnancy can be seen.