Gender ultrasound scan: 16 to 34 weeks of Pregnancy
Obstetric ultrasound is widely used for diagnostic purpose during pregnancy. One of the uses that receive more attention is, however, the ability to determine the sex of the baby.
After the early scan round 85% of the expectant parents to be, can’t wait to find if they are having a boy or a girl for obvious reasons: curiosity, to know how to paint the nursery or pick a name. Sometimes determination of the sex could be due to medical reasons, for example in cases of sex-specific disease such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which is a genetic condition.
Our gender scan will reveal the sex of your baby from 16 weeks onwards. Gender or sexing ultrasound scans are not routinely offered by the NHS and depending on the policy of your maternity hospital.
Be aware, though, that it’s not always possible for the sonographer to be 100% certain about your unborn baby’s sex. For example, if your baby is lying in an awkward position, it may be difficult or impossible to tell.
What is the purpose of this scan:
The purpose of this scan is to:
- Determine fetal sex – Boy or Girl?
- General fetal well-being
- Placental position
- Normal levels of amniotic fluid
- Assess fetal growth via a series of measurements
What is included with this gender scan?
This private ultrasound includes: Ultrasound report with a 2D b/w picture
Preparation for this Scan
We need a full bladder for this scan so you need to drink 1lt (2 pints) of water an hour before your scan.
What should I expect?
Before the ultrasound scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure.
This scan is normally performed trans-abdominally. In some instances, however an internal scan (Trans-vaginal) may be required to see all the necessary detail or if your womb tilts backwards.
We will always try to scan trans-abdominally first but if we need to do a transvaginal ultrasound scan then we will discuss this with you. To perform this baby scan, you will be asked to lie down on the examination couch and expose your lower abdomen.
A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to your skin. The gel will help the transducer to make good contact with the skin. The ultrasound transducer will be placed on the body and will be moved in different directions over the area of interest to obtain the required information/ultrasound images.
There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer or probe as otherwise known, is pressed against the area being examined. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor discomfort from the transducer.
Once the ultrasound imaging is completed, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. The ultrasound gel does not usually stain or discolour clothing.
This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 20-30 minutes. After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
Other Pregnancy Scans we offer.
We offer the following private ultrasounds for all stages of pregnancy.
What about your ultrasound equipment?
Our diagnostic ultrasound scanner is new and utilises the latest breakthrough ultrasound technologies to increase diagnostic accuracy and diagnostic confidence. Utilising up to date technology helps us to keep ultrasound expose to the foetus as low as reasonably possible.
About Pregnancy Scans
An obstetric scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scan but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your unborn baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones or kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasound scans are being used to visualise the baby, the placenta, the uterus and cervix and your ovaries.
Pregnancy ultrasound scans or prenatal ultrasounds are very common and being carried in any stage of the pregnancy.
When Is an Ultrasound Performed During Pregnancy?
You will normally offer two diagnostic ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy scan is at 12 weeks of gestation and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks of pregnancy and called an anomaly scan.
Most of the expectant mothers, especially the ones with previous complications such as miscarriage they do not believe that 2 ultrasound scans during pregnancy are enough and this is the reason they choose to have a private pregnancy scan in London with us.
3D and 4D Ultrasound
We follow the NICE, RCOG and BMUS guidelines and therefore we only perform 2d diagnostic ultrasound scans.