Let’s talk about the anatomy scan! It’s that exciting time that you get to see your baby squirm around and show off. But what else happens during this scan?
What is the Anatomy Scan?
If you choose to have this scan, the technician will examine all of your baby’s important organs, including the sex organs, so let them know if you want to know if you’re having a boy or a girl!
This ultrasound usually takes place between 18 and 22 weeks of your pregnancy and can take up to an hour to complete. As part of this ultrasound, the technician will look at your babies:
Heart: The technician will look at the four chambers of the heart, the position of the heart, the blood flow to and from the heart and the heart rate. They can diagnose congenital heart defects before birth.
Stomach: The technician makes sure that your baby’s stomach is in the right position.
Bladder: The bladder is examined to make sure that it is functioning properly.
Face: Mostly they check your baby’s face for cleft palate or cleft lip. Sometimes this is hard to visualize!
Brain: The fluid in the brain is assessed and the shape of the brain as well. They check to see if there are any cysts in the brain, as this may indicate an increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
Kidneys: They check to see if there are two kidneys and if there are any blockages.
Spine: Your baby’s spine is viewed in both long and cross-section. They make sure that the vertebrae are in alignment and the skin covers the spine at the back.
Placenta: They will also evaluate where the placenta is, often during this scan they can see if you have placenta previa or a low-lying placenta.
Umbilical Cord: During this scan, they can see if your baby’s umbilical cord has 2 or 3 vessels (3 is normal) and they can also view where the cord is inserted into the placenta, it should be more or less in the middle of it.
Sometimes they find something concerning (the scan is sometimes also called the anomaly scan) and want you to come back for further testing. Also, not everybody has this scan, and although it’s recommended that you do, nothing is mandatory!
Did you get the anatomy scan? How was your experience?
Originally posted 2021-03-23 14:48:24.