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If a problem is spotted you’ll be to referred to a fetal medicine consultant for confirmation of the findings with a view to undergo further testing and recommendations for the remainder of the pregnancy.

There’s no evidence to suggest scans offer any risk to your pregnancy and offer you those first precious glimpses of your unborn baby and give you the peace of mind that your baby’s development is as it should be.

In order to create a clear view of your baby, it’s worth drinking a pint of water an hour before the scan.

‘This pushes the uterus into a better position so we can see the baby more easily,’ says Dean Meredith who is a Sonographer at The Portland Hospital, London.

You might be offered a vaginal scan instead, if your womb is sitting very deep in your pelvis, or if you are overweight.

This type of scan will allow the sonographer to get closer to your baby.

The 12-week scan is the first in depth look at your growing baby and assesses the early development in the womb.

‘The first thing we do is look and listen for the heartbeat.

The 12-week scan will also check the location of your placenta to ensure placenta praevia is not a concern.

The 12-week scan is the first opportunity for your baby to be examined for any abnormalities that could indicate a problem with his development.

It’s a good idea to have someone with you for the scan, whether it’s your partner, mum, or a friend.

Your ultrasound scan photo explained Everything you need to know about your anomaly (or 20 week) scan The sonographer will put some gel on your tummy, and will move a hand-held transducer device over your skin.

This includes the skull, the brain, that there are two arms, two legs, the heart, stomach, bowel, pelvis and bladder.’ Brace yourself: The pregnancy internal examination 12 weeks pregnant - what you need to know The nuchal translucency measures the fluid at the back of the baby’s neck and gives you an indication of the risk that your baby may suffer from Down’s syndrome.

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