Although the anomaly scan is often called a 20-week scan, you may have it any time between 18 weeks and 20 weeks plus six days.This image shows a baby's face and hands at 20 weeks, and gives you an idea of what you will be able to see at this scan.An anomaly scan, also known as a mid-pregnancy scan, takes a close look at your baby and your womb (uterus).The person carrying out the scan (sonographer) will check that your baby is developing normally, and look at where your placenta is lying.The main purpose of the scan is to check that your baby is developing normally, rather than whether you're expecting a boy or girl.However, you may want to know your baby's gender, or ask for a photo of your scan.Bear in mind that the scan's main purpose is to check that your baby is developing normally, rather than whether you're expecting a boy or girl.Sometimes excess wind or having too much tummy fat obscures the view, so it’s hard to tell a baby's gender accurately.
(The last day you can have it is the day you turn 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant.) It's usually offered along with a blood test in first-trimester combined screening options.(Some practitioners also look for the presence of the fetal nasal bone in the first trimester.
Seeing your baby on a screen can be a really exciting event.
You can also take your partner, friend or family member along to share the experience with you.
Our intimate private service is provided as a compliment to your NHS ultrasound scans, allowing your pregnancy milestones to be captured in time forever.
Whether you need reassurance or just want to see your developing gem, our 2D, 3D and 4D scans caters to your needs within comfortable surroundings, where our friendly staff are on hand to ensure you feel relaxed at all times.