How Many Times is Scanning Done During Pregnancy?

Baby Scan

The NHS provides at least 2 scans during your pregnancy.

First Scan: The first scan that the NHS will offer you is often refereed to as a Dating Scan. This scan is done between 8 and 14 weeks but most often it falls around 12 weeks. The scan is to offer you an estimated due date (EDD) based on the measurements of the baby at the time of the scan and to check the development of baby. If you have consented, this scan can also include screening for Downs syndrome.

Second Scan: The second scan provided by the NHS is sometimes referred to as the Anomaly Scan or the Mid pregnancy Scan. This takes place between 18 and 21 weeks of pregnancy and is used to check for structural abnormalities of the baby. The baby is looked at in detail checking their heart, face, bones, spinal cord, brain and abdomen.

More scans can be offered to women via the NHS based on the circumstances surrounding their pregnancy.

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