From: 24 – 42 weeks gestation
The purpose of a 2D Growth Scan or Fetal Wellbeing Scan is to determine the growth and health of the baby. This scan includes measurements of the baby’s head, abdominal circumference and femur (thigh bone). Evaluation of the placental position, fetal movements and the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby will also be undertaken. If necessary, we will assess the blood flow through the umbilical cord.
Calculations will be made to assess the growth of the baby according to the gestation and will provide an estimation of the baby’s weight. The sonographer performing the scan will be able to answer any further questions you may have.Many women find a fetal wellbeing scan or growth scan reassuring and can be carried out from 24 weeks until birth.
About your Fetal Wellbeing Scan / 2D Growth Scan
The sonographer will scan through the tummy (trans-abdominally).
Preparation: No specific preparation is required. Please bring your Hospital Obstetric Notes with you when you attend for this scan.
Appointment length: Approximately 30 minutes, of which you can expect 15 to 20 minutes of scanning time.
What’s included in your Fetal Wellbeing Scan / 2D Growth Scan
- Photographs: 4 x Black and white 2D Thermal images available free of charge.
- DVD: The entire scan.
- CD-ROM: All still images stored onto a CD-ROM in JPEG format. This allows for storage, emailing and reprinting at a later date.
- Fetal Sexing: Optional – you will be asked at the end of your appointment if you wish to know
We will always give you several black and white images of your baby although at this late stage of pregnancy the images may not be very clear.