All pregnant women in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should be offered at least two ultrasound scans on the NHS as part of their antenatal appointments schedule.
You might be offered more than two scans – for example, if there are concerns about your health or your baby’s growth.
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If you’d rather not know about possible risks, you can have the dating scan without the combined test. Between 18 and 21 weeks, you’ll have your anomaly scan, which is sometimes called the mid-pregnancy scan.
The sonographer will take a detailed look at your baby’s heart, brain, bones, spinal cord, face, kidneys and abdomen to check for a range of conditions.
Based on the result, you might choose to have further tests to get a definitive answer.
According to our survey of parents in 2016, around one in seven pregnant women pay for a private scan, mainly because they want a 3D or 4D scan.
Of these, 36% arrange extra scans for reassurance that all’s well.
The advice from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is to have your early scan and then the anomaly scan at 18-20 weeks.
Feeling anxious about your baby is quite natural during the early stages of your pregnancy and if you have any concerns you should consult your midwife first.