For some women in Ireland this will be the only scan they are offered as a public patient.
We’re going to take a look at ultrasound scans over three parts that will examine why mothers are offered scans, what the benefit of scans are, the safety of scans and what the implications of scans are for the rest of their pregnancy and labour.
This is because the sound waves go through them with no echoes.
The person performing the scan (sonographer) will look at these different shades to interpret the images.
The second part will cover the types of scans available and finally, we’ll look at questions to consider when it comes to ultrasound scans.
It might take longer if your baby is lying in an awkward position.
It’s a good idea to have someone with you for the scan, whether it’s your partner, mum, or a friend.
You will get a hospital appointment with a sonographer for your scan.
12-week scans normally take between 15 and 30 minutes.