During your pregnancy we will offer you 4 ultrasounds. We do most of these ourselves at our main location. For the prenatal screening we refer you to Bovenmaas Prenataal or STAR-SHL. Bovenmaas Prenataal have one of their branches at our main location.
Early pregnancy ultrasound – 8 weeks
At the early pregnancy ultrasound we check if the pregnancy is inside the womb, whether we can detect a heartbeat, whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy, and whether the size corresponds with the duration of the pregnancy. In most cases this will be a transvaginal ultrasound.
Dating ultrasound – 10-13 weeks
During the dating ultrasound we measure the baby, establish the duration of the pregnancy and calculate your due date. We also check the heartbeat and whether the baby is growing and developing properly. This is usually a transabdominal ultrasound.
Prenatal screening – from 11 weeks
The prenatal (first trimester) screening focuses on chromosomal abnormalities (such as Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome). For the prenatal screening as part of a combination test, we refer you to Bovenmaas Prenataal or STAR-SHL. Bovenmaas Prenataal has one of their branches at our main location.
Mid-pregnancy ultrasound/Anomaly scan
This ultrasound screens for serious structural and developmental abnormalities in the body. The various organ systems are assessed to detect any serious birth defects. While many birth defects can be detected, not all of them can be excluded. This scan is focused on physical defects such as spina bifida, heart abnormality or cleft palate. Based on the results of the screening, further investigation may be necessary.
Development ultrasound – as indicated
A development ultrasound is usually done between 30-34 weeks. We determine the growth and position of the baby and estimate the volume of amniotic fluid. We also measure the head, the abdominal circumference and the thighbone so that we can follow the growth curve closely from this point on.