What is an ultrasound scan? Page last reviewed: What are Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes? Talk to your midwife, GP or obstetrician about any concerns you have. Ultrasound scans in pregnancy Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build a picture of the baby in the womb. If this is the case, you will be offered a different blood screening test, called the quadruple test, when you're 14 to 20 weeks pregnant. Weaning and solid foods Your baby's first solid foods Babies:
Your midwife or doctor will book you a dating scan appointment.
NHS and private ultrasound scans during pregnancy
The sonographer will carefully examine your baby's body. Your midwife will help you to plan your pregnancy and initiate a few checks and tests to support a healthy pregnancy. If you have a higher-chance result, you will be offered a diagnostic test, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling CVS. They may also provide you with useful advice and tips to help mum and baby have a healthier pregnancy. Can this test harm me or my baby? There are no known risks to the baby or the mother from having an ultrasound scan, but it is important that you consider carefully whether to have the scan or not.