Please note: Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the need to maintain social distancing, you will only be able to have one support person with you at the dating scan 12 weeks and anomaly scan 20 weeks and you will need to attend ALL other appointments alone. Our maternity staff are committed to giving you the best care possible during this challenging time and are sorry for the upset this may cause you and your partner. Please email the scanning department if you have any questions about scans: bsuh. It is quick and takes only about 15 minutes. The purpose of this scan is to measure the size of your baby to accurately confirm the due date. It can also detect twins or more. Unfortunately we sometimes detect a miscarriage at this scan, even though there may have been no signs beforehand.
Maternity – Antenatal
Before you attend your booking appointment with your midwife please take the time to read the screening information booklets that are sent to you with your booking appointment information. These will give you the information to help you make the decision regarding any screening tests in pregnancy. Your midwife can also discuss these with you. The booklets are:. You have the option to accept or decline some or all of these screening tests.
Anomaly (20 week) scan as well as their first antenatal ultrasound scan appointment (either a dating scan or for the first trimester combined.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. All pregnant women in England are offered an ultrasound scan at around 8 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. Your midwife or doctor will book you a dating scan appointment. It will usually take place at your local hospital ultrasound department.
The person performing the scan is called a sonographer. You may need to have a full bladder for this scan, as this makes the ultrasound image clearer. You can ask your midwife or doctor before the scan if this is the case. Find out more about what happens during a pregnancy ultrasound scan. They will advise you about what to do. Find out more about pregnancy and coronavirus.
This scan can detect some health conditions, such as spina bifida. Screening for Down’s syndrome will happen at the dating scan if:.
We are continuing to offer ultrasound scans at 12 weeks and 20 weeks at present All women are offered a dating scan at around 12 weeks, with the option of.
It gives you the opportunity to see some visual evidence of your pregnancy and we consider the scan to be crucial for the following reasons:. The vast majority of babies are born without any form of disability. However, all women have a small chance of delivering a baby with mental or physical disability and some major structural anomalies can be detected at the early pregnancy scan. The chance of the fetus having a chromosomal imbalance will depend on the age of the mother and the measurement of the amount of fluid found behind the neck of the fetus between 12 and 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Screening Test for you and your baby. Recent studies have shown that the length of the neck of the womb cervical length might indicate the chances for going into labour prematurely. We check this at the time of your week scan and discuss the findings with you.
Routine Antenatal Care and Schedule of Visits. She will also discuss your blood results. The main purpose of this scan is to check that there are no physical abnormalities. You will be offered more blood tests. You will be offered your first anti-D treatment if you are rhesus negative.
All pregnant women in England are offered an ultrasound.
Due to the COVID pandemic, we have made some changes to our services for the safety and care of our patients and staff. For more information, please see our maternity visiting restrictions. Meridian Team Midwives are based in the Maternity Unit. They provide continuing midwifery care for you should you need extra care. They are also available should your midwives not be or if you live in Kingsbridge, Ivybridge or Salcombe.
Obstetricians are available should you experience complications in your pregnancy, or if you wish for a consultation. Regular antenatal check-ups are essential, to ensure that you are well and that you are healthy throughout your pregnancy. Some of your antenatal care may be at the maternity unit. When you are first pregnant please book to see the midwife at your surgery for a double appointment, ideally between 6 — 8 weeks after your last period. Seven working days following your first contact with the community midwife, phone the Scan Appointment line on to arrange your first scan at approximately weeks.
This appointment will be confirmed by letter. When you first visit the maternity unit clinic this appointment may take up to two hours. To minimise waiting times, an appointment system is in operation and we would appreciate it if you could notify the clinic if cannot keep an appointment. What will be done at clinic visits at the GP surgery?
It is important that you see a Midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. Women have their first and longest Antenatal appointment between 6 – 12 weeks of pregnancy with their Midwife. This is called a “booking” visit and involves questions about your health, any illnesses or previous pregnancies. This helps us to see if there may be any possible problems during your pregnancy and allows us to tailor your Antenatal care for your specific needs.
At the start of your pregnancy, during your booking visit, your Midwife will make an assessment based on your previous and current medical and pregnancy history. If you have not had any problems, then the Midwife will state that you are low risk and will be suitable for Midwifery-led care.
Routinely two ultrasound scan examinations will be offered in your pregnancy at around 11 – 13 weeks (dating scan) and 20 weeks (detailed anomaly scan).
Covid Information. For Coranavirus Information in different languages please click here. It is expected that the majority of women who are exposed to the Coronavirus will experience only mild or moderate flu like symptoms. New evidence suggests that individuals of black and minority ethnic BAME background may be at higher risk of developing complications of coronavirus. This may apply to pregnant women. We therefore advise pregnant women of BAME background to seek help early if they are concerned they may have symptoms of coronavirus.
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Early pregnancy scan
An ultrasound scan that helps the NHS confirm how many weeks pregnant you are, checks how your baby is developing – and gives you an amazing black and white photo to take home By Rachel Mostyn. They will also check that anatomically everything is where should be. Then you get your amazing pictures and you can tell the world! Not necessarily.
This first routine scan is carried out for the following reasons:. It is not diagnostic. We also like to arrange this for around 12 weeks, but it can be performed between 10 and 14 weeks. Occasionally during the scan, a miscarriage might be diagnosed even though you might still ‘feel pregnant’. This first routine scan is carried out for the following reasons: to confirm when the baby is due: the early scan helps us to work out the date when your baby is due.
We might suggest a different date from that indicated by your last period. This is because not all pregnancies are conceived exactly 14 days after the first day of the last period.