The growth of the baby is assessed by taking measurements of the fetal head, abdomen and thigh bone and an estimate of the fetal weight can be calculated. The volume of the amniotic fluid, the placental position and appearance, the fetal presentation (breech/head first) and the blood flow in the umbilical cord are also assessed.

It is usually possible to obtain 3D/4D ultrasound pictures of the fetal face especially between 26 – 32 weeks.

The fetal growth scan is particularly useful when there is any concern about the growth/size of the baby especially in women who have had complications such as pre-eclampsia, growth restriction, or diabetes in a previous pregnancy or who have developed a problem during the current pregnancy.

To book a scan appointment, please telephone the Spire Alexandra Hospital (01634 662863) or complete the baby scan booking form.