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Pregnancy Scans

Seeing your baby via ultrasound can be very exciting and reassuring. It’s also an important tool for monitoring and managing your pregnancy.

At Grace, we offer this unique boutique ultrasound service for all our patients.

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Grace Patient Rikki

6 to 12 weeks – Dating and Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan

This scan is recommended between six to 12 weeks of pregnancy, particularly if you are unsure of your last menstrual period or have concerns with pain or bleeding. It also helps determine if you are having more than one baby and predict the due date of your pregnancy.

You may even get to see your baby’s heartbeat!

This scan is usually a scan on your abdomen however sometimes we may need to perform a trans-vaginal scan if your baby is difficult to see or your uterus is tilted backwards.

Duration: 10-20 minutes

Preparation: Drink two cups of water one hour before your scan and hold.

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10 to 12 weeks – Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) blood test

The NIPT is a screening test that analyses the baby’s circulating DNA in a small sample of your blood to predict the chance of Downs Syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards Syndrome (trisomy 18) and Patau syndrome (trisomy 13). It can also tell you the sex chromosomes of your baby. This test may be recommended by your specialist in addition to, or instead of, a Nuchal Translucency Scan.  

Preparation: No preparation is required for this test.

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12 to 14 weeks – Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound Scan 

The nuchal translucency scan is performed between 11 weeks and 14 weeks of pregnancy. Combined with results from your recent blood test, this scan helps identify the percentage of risk that your baby could be diagnosed with Down Syndrome (T21), Edwards Syndrome (T18) or Patau’s Syndrome (T13).  Remember this scan does not provide a definitive diagnosis, only your risk profile.

This is also the ultrasound you may wish to discover the baby’s gender (if your baby cooperates with us!) and enables us to check your baby is developing as expected.

The scan is usually performed on your abdomen however sometimes we may need to perform a trans-vaginal scan if your baby is difficult to see or your uterus is tilted backwards.  

Sometimes your specialist will refer you for a Non Invasive Pregnancy blood test (NIPT) instead of the nuchal translucency scan. In this case, you will still have an early structural scan to check the growth of your baby.  

Duration: 45 minutes (longer if you are pregnant with more than one baby)

Preparation: Drink one to two cups of water an hour before your scan and hold.

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12 to 14 weeks – Early Structural Ultrasound Scan

The early structural scan is similar to a nuchal translucency scan, however no risk calculation is produced at the end of the examination. 

This is primarily for women who have had a Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) blood test instead of nuchal translucency scan.  

During this scan, we will check the growth and development of your baby.  

With our state of the art ultrasound equipment our tertiary trained sonographers can detect any signs Spina Bifida, heart defects and other structural concerns. 

We also take 3D and 4D pictures of your baby in this scan and send them straight to your smartphone!

Duration: 40 minutes (longer if you have more than one baby).

Preparation: Drink one to two cups of water an hour before your scan and hold.

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Grace patient Rikki with partner Andrew

16 weeks – Early Morphology Ultrasound Scan

In some pregnancies we recommend an early morphology or early anatomy scan. 

This ultrasound is performed usually around 16 weeks of pregnancy and is often necessary if:

  • there have been any concerns detected early in your pregnancy
  • you are having twins or triplets
  • you have had previous pregnancy complications
  • family history of genetic conditions or
  • we need to monitor your cervix.

This is an early detailed look at your baby’s anatomy. 

Duration: 40 minutes (longer if you have more than one  baby).

Preparation: Drink one to two cups of water an hour before your scan and hold.

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Grace baby 19 weeks

18 to 22 weeks – Morphology Ultrasound Scan

This is the most detailed ultrasound you will receive in your pregnancy and one of the most important. In addition to getting detailed 3D and 4D pictures of your baby sent straight to your smart phone, this scan provides us with information about:

  • the major structures of your baby 
  • your baby’s size and growth and blood flows
  • the position and structure of your placenta (if your placenta is low or covering the cervix further ultrasounds will be necessary)
  • the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby 
  • growth of babies in a multiple pregnancy
  • the length of your cervix if you are at risk of premature birth
  • We can also take lovely 3D/4D pictures of your baby in this scan and even send them straight to your phone!

Duration: 45 minutes (longer if you have more than one baby).

Preparation: Drink one to two cups of water an hour before your scan and hold.

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24 to 38 weeks- Growth Ultrasound Scan

Sometimes we need to regularly monitor your baby’s growth and development in addition to the standard ultrasounds recommended.  This can be due to the fact we just want to keep an eye on baby’s growth as this is best done by ultrasound or if we have any concerns about your baby, cervix or placenta.

Duration: varies

Preparation: Drink one to two cups of water an hour before your scan and hold.

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