1. When can the baby's heartbeat be seen on ultrasound scan?
The baby's heartbeat can usually be seen on ultrasound scan from 6 weeks (in other words, 2-3 weeks after your missed period). In early pregnancy it is sometimes necessary to perform a scan transvaginally to assess the pregnancy properly.
2. Can ultrasound harm my baby?
Lots of research has been done and there is no evidence to suggest that ultrasound can harm unborn babies. Ultrasound during pregnancy is widely accepted as safe for mother and baby.
3. Do I need to have a full bladder?
You will need to have a full bladder for both early pregnancy and Nuchal Translucency scans. However for scans after 14 weeks this is usually not necessary. To fill your bladder drink approximately 3 cups of water about an hour before your appointment. If you become very uncomfortable please go the toilet. Your bladder will fill quickly if you are well hydrated.
4. What is nuchal translucency?
This is a collection of fluid under the skin at the back of the baby's neck which can be measured using ultrasound. All babies have some fluid, but in many babies with Down's syndrome, the nuchal translucency is increased.
5. What is 4D ultrasound?
The latest ultrasound technology adds the fourth dimension (time) to a 3D image, allowing you to see the movements of your unborn baby.
6. Which ultrasound machine do you use?
We use the GE E10 – the top of the range machine for obtaining 2D/3D/4D images.
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