Why Is A Fetal Growth/Wellbeing Scan Useful?

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. For more information, please see Pregnancy Complications.

How Is My Baby’s Growth Assessed?

The growth of your baby is assessed by taking measurements of the baby’s head, abdomen and thigh bone. In addition to this, an estimate of your baby’s 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.

Can I See My Baby’s Face?

It is usually possible to obtain 3D/4D ultrasound pictures of your baby’s face between 26 – 32 weeks.

Booking A Scan

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


For More Information Before Booking:

If you have any questions then please ring Helen, Dr Penman’s secretary, and she will do her best to help and direct you to the right scan for your dates. Please do not ring Helen for appointments, as she does not hold Dr Penman’s diaries.