Growth Scan (23 to 42 weeks)
Your doctor may request a growth scan for a number of reasons such as questions about the baby being large or small, the location of the placenta or as part of monitoring the pregnancy because of an underlying medical condition or past history. Many things can be monitored if detected early and corrected shortly after birth.
The scan will measure your baby and check the internal organs.
The pictures produce by this scan will reduce in quality after about 32 to 34 weeks due to there being a reduced gap between the uterine or placental wall and the baby.
If the head is firmly planted against the wall we will not be able to get a picture of the face.
The size of the baby compared to dates
The growth of the baby over time when data from previous scans is available
The location of the placenta and if it is covering the cervix and if the cervix itself is closed
The current presentation of the baby (e.g. breech)
Occasionally a problem will be detected by this scan that was not seen previously. The Doctor will discuss this with you in detail and organise followup if required.
What information will this scan provide for me?