Growth and Well Being Pregnancy Scans
Due to recent developments of COVID 19 and following HSE guidelines,
patients are requested to attend ultrasound scans unaccompanied. This
includes partners, family members and children.
We would like to inform all patients that we remain open for ultrasound
scans as part of routine pregnancy care. We are closely following HSE
and NMH guidelines which are being constantly updated and developed.
These developments can be found via the NMH website. We remind our
patients that all our machines and ultrasound probes are always cleaned
thoroughly and disinfected with medical grade cleaning solution.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to call in advance.
If you have flu-like symptoms or feel unwell, or if you might have been
exposed to the coronavirus, please contact us to re-arrange your
appointment. Call 663 5060.
For further information click through to go the HSE page
or you can go to our page that includes links to a selection of reliable resources - the HSE and others - click on: Coronavirus Pregnancy Rescources
Growth and Well Being Pregnancy Scan – 22 weeks onwards
To include photographs and computerised report
Below is a video of one of our consultants, Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe, explaining about this pregnancy scan
Overview of a Growth and Well Pregnancy Scan
The growth & well being pregnancy scan is performed to:
- to determine the lie & presentation of the baby (breech or cephalic)
- to estimate fetal weight
- to determine the location of the placenta
- to measure the fluid around the baby
- to measure the blood flow in the baby’s umbilical artery
- to evaluate the pregnancy for abnormalities
- to determine gender (from 19 weeks gestation ).
Growth & Well Being Pregnancy Scan-What To Expect?
Baby’s growth will be assessed, the fluid around the baby will be checked, as will the position of the placenta. Baby’s size is also measured, plus the blood flow in the umbilical cord will be looked at. Gender is also determined, when possible.
It is not always possible to determine the gender of the baby due to the presentation or lie. If we are unable to determine gender on the day, an appointment for a further scan will be made when hopefully baby will be in a more favourable position. Gender Determination is 85% accurate.
If you are attending the clinic for this scan, there’s a chance you have been here before. If you haven’t , you will fill in a registration form upon arrival, and wait for your sonographer, in the waiting room. She will then bring you to the sonographer room, where your details will be confirmed before the scan.
The aim here, at Merrion Fetal Health, is to make your visit as relaxing as possible. Always feel free to ask the team any questions that you may have.
Growth & Well Being Video Transcript
Video title: Growth and well being scan 22 weeks pregnancy scan
The growth and well being scan is one of the scans we offer in pregnancy. It is assesses the baby’s growth and we can do it from twenty four weeks to term. With this scan we check where the placenta is, we look at the fluid around the baby and we measure the size of the baby. We can also look at the blood flow in the umbilical cord and it’s something we do from twenty two weeks right through to term.
It’s a test that you can either come in and refer yourself for, or it might be one that your doctor might request for you.
The post dates and [1:18] scan is another scan that we offer and as the name says, it’s one that we do after the due date. With this scan, we then check where the placenta is, we look at the activity of the baby, we look at the size of the baby and we check the fluid around the baby.
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