To keep a check on the growth and development of the baby, conducting regular scans is a must. There are varieties of scans that are conducted and have their own purpose. However, majorly the scans that are conducted are to find out the period of the pregnancy and estimate a date for the delivery of the baby or confirm if the mother is having a higher risk pregnancy. Also, there are baby scans that help to detect if the mother is carrying twin babies or not. However, most importantly a baby scan is carried out to detect the position of the fetus and the development of the brain, spine, and nervous system. If fetal abnormalities are detected, you may be offered further tests to confirm the diagnosis, such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling.
Conducting the scan of a baby is not at all easy and therefore it is very much vital to go for a reputed clinic that has trained and experienced technicians. If the sonographer fails to detect the abnormalities, then both the mother’s and the child’s health is at stake. There are several clinics in and around Watford that offer private ultrasound scans to detect the growth of the baby. The clinic teams undergo extensive training and will be responsible for solving any of the pregnancy-related questions of the family. Also, these clinics ensure the usage of the latest technology to detect the growth of the baby.
Doctors use ultrasound scans to have a look at the baby without using potentially dangerous X-rays. During an ultrasound scan, high-frequency sound waves are used to create moving images of the developing baby, shown on a screen. However, if the doctors and the technicians are not skilled enough to carry out the procedure, then the health of the mother is at risk. While conducting the transvaginal and transabdominal scans, proper knowledge of the insertion of the probe to capture the image of the fetus is very much important. The baby scans differ in the first trimester, second trimester, and third trimester. The professionals should be well aware of the areas of detection that should be carried out in each stage of pregnancy.
In the first trimester, a nuchal translucency scan is usually offered to pregnant women between 11-13 weeks. If the doctors and technicians are not skilled enough then they won’t be able to detect some chromosomal abnormalities such as down syndrome. The ultrasound also looks at the fluid space at the back of the baby’s neck. Therefore a person who would be technically and medically aware of these things should be consulted.
If the mother is getting her checkups done under a highly trained and experienced doctor, then he might also ask to go for some additional scans or blood tests, in case if he finds some abnormalities that need to be detected.
Author Bio: Hi to all. My name’s Jasmine Cooper and I live in Watford with my two sons and husband. I love writing blogs on pregnancy and parenting so expecting and new parents, don’t forget to follow my blog!