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Our helpful pregnancy calculator will help you work out how far along you are, when your baby is due and the best time to have your scans.


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Frequestly Asked Questions

 

Do I need to bring anything with me to my scan at Beard Mill Clinic?

If you have been given your hospital maternity notes already, please bring with you these with you. Dr Heath may want to refer to previous scans you have had elsewhere to check that your baby is growing well. But donít worry if you havenít been given them yet and there is not anything else that you need to bring.

 

How will the scan be done?

Most of the scans done at Beard Mill Clinic are abdominal scans. Cervical assessment and endometrial thickness scans have to be done as internal scans, where a specially designed probe is placed gently in the vagina. Occasionally very early pregnancy scans also need to be done internally as well, but Dr Heath will always try abdominally first and only suggest a transvaginal scan if she is sure the views and information gleaned will be significantly better done this way instead.

 

Do I need a full bladder?

No Ė you are not required to have a full bladder for any scan at Beard Mill Clinic, so please donít worry about drinking lots beforehand.

 

Will I find out the sex of my baby?

The sex of the baby can almost always be determined from 17 weeks onwards and parents are welcome to ask at any scan performed after 17 weeks. However Dr Heath will keep this a secret if you donít want to find out before the baby is born.

 

How many people can come with me for the scan?

There is no limit to the number of people coming with you and you are welcome to bring other family members and friends with you. We are happy for you to bring your other children with you too, but do remember that little ones sometimes lose interest quite quickly and this can distract from your enjoyment of the scan.

 

Will I get a written report?

Yes, Dr Heath will sit with you after the scan and use specially designed software to show you what she has seen and how the measurements fit within the expected range. She will then summarise the findings and printout a detailed report for you to take away. This report can be e-mailed directly to other healthcare professionals looking after you if required.

 

Why do I need to have a blood test as part of the Nuchal translucency scan?

Before the nuchal scan was introduced, the traditional way to screen for Downís syndrome was by measuring particular biochemical markers (sometimes referred to as hormones) in the motherís blood. The distributions of these markers are different in babies with Downís syndrome compared to unaffected babies. However there is a big overlap between these distributions, so the blood markers on their own will not give a definite answer. But adding the blood markers to the ultrasound findings to give you a combined risk will improve the overall performance of the test, resulting in more babies with Downís syndrome being identified and fewer ladies being given a high-risk result.

 

If there is time beforehand and it is feasible to do so, Dr Heath will arrange for you to have the blood test before the scan, so that the results are available when the scan is done and the combined risk can be calculated then and there and discussed with you face-to-face. Sometimes this simply isnít possible, in which case Dr Heath will take your blood immediately after the scan and telephone you the following day with the results.