Your GP or community midwife will refer you here for your nuchal fold scan at approximately 11-13 weeks and for a foetal anomaly scan at approximately 20 weeks.
Both of these screening tests involve an ultrasound. This means the scanning will be done via the surface of the abdomen. Ultrasound gel will be spread on the skin, then the scanner is passed over the uterus until the foetus and the placenta are found. You and your partner can watch the scan on the monitor. Ultrasound scans are non-invasive and there is no risk to the baby.
This scan measures the thickness of the nuchal fold in your baby’s neck. The scan is used to help calculate your risk factor of having a baby with Down’s Syndrome. Also known as a ‘dating’ scan, as your expected date of delivery will be confirmed.
This is a detailed scan which checks to see if your baby is developing properly. It will also check the position of the placenta and you may be given the option to find out your baby's sex. The scan can also identify growth problems and markers for chromosomal abnormalities, such as heart defects for Down's syndrome.
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