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Why are ultrasound scans used in pregnancy?

Posted on September 5, 2011

Ultrasound is considered to be the best way of investigating the foetus. It is considered to be very safe and non-invasive to mother and baby, accurate (from the help of modern technology) and cost effective. These scans are very important for all pregnant women, at all stages of their pregnancy. Continue reading →

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Ultrasound scans at 20 weeks

Posted on September 5, 2011

The scan usually performed at 20 weeks in to pregnancy is called the anomaly scan (or “detailed anomaly scan”). It is also known as a mid-pregnancy scan, and monitors the healthy growth of the baby and the health of the woman’s uterus (womb). The procedure of the scan usually takes 20 minutes to complete, and many hospitals allow the mother to watch the scan. Continue reading →

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Second Trimester Ultrasound Scan

Posted on September 5, 2011

The second trimester scan, performed between 18 to 20 weeks, is called the Morphological Scan; which makes sure all the anatomy of the foetus’ body is in the right place. During this scan, the parents can discover the sex of the child – however this is optional, and is usually the first question the doctor will ask the parents before performing the scan. Continue reading →

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A Nuchal Translucency Scan Can Show The Earliest Signs Of Down’s Syndrome

Posted on September 5, 2011

One of the major worries for every mother-to-be is the well being of their unborn child, especially if there is a family history of health problems. Many mothers worry about how they will be able to care for a child that has major health problems and what kind of help is available to them. A nuchal translucency (NT) scan is useful to have for all mothers-to-be and may be able to confirm whether or not a child will suffer from Down’s syndrome. Continue reading →

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Anatomical Scans At 20 Weeks Into A Pregnancy Can Help Determine How Healthy Your Baby Is

Posted on September 5, 2011

While there are a number of scans available to pregnant woman throughout the period of her pregnancy, ranging from as early as eight weeks for an early pregnancy test to as late as 40 weeks for a foetal well being scan, it appears that the most well known type of scan to have is still the anatomical scan which takes place after 20 weeks of pregnancy; half way through the mothers cycle. Continue reading →

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Best Foods for Developing Babies

Posted on August 11, 2011

What foods will help your baby to grow and develop healthily throughout your pregnancy? Firstly, all the rules for a healthy diet apply: Continue reading →

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Can I Drink When Pregnant?

Posted on August 11, 2011

It has been an area of contention for many years now, whether or not it is suitable for an expectant mother to drink any alcohol while pregnant. It is general knowledge that any kind of severe alcohol intake can damage a growing foetus in the womb and evidence of how alcohol affects a foetus can been seen during baby ultrasound scans , but how much is too much? Some experts claim one to two units of alcohol a week is okay while others say under no circumstance should a woman drink while pregnant as any amount of alcohol can damage a developing foetus and lead to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder . Even government guidelines now claim mothers should not drink at all, a u-turn on what was laid out as recently as the 1990s. Most experts will now recommend against drinking anything at all while pregnant. Continue reading →

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Ultrasound Scans Explained

Posted on June 2, 2011

What is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound pregnancy scans have been around since the 1950s and they play an important role in diagnosing the foetus in the womb and detecting any potential causes for concern in the growth and development of the baby whilst inside the womb. NHS ultrasound scans are available but women can also have a private pregnancy scan, depending on their individual circumstances and requirements. Continue reading →

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Exercising When Pregnant – Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on June 2, 2011

Many women can feel anxious about exercising during their pregnancy, especially if they’re expecting their first child. Check out some of the frequently asked questions below to help ease your concerns… Continue reading →

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Holidays and Travel During Pregnancy

Posted on June 2, 2011

Many women worry about travelling when they’re pregnant but with some helpful advice on when and where to go on holiday during your pregnancy, you can enjoy a relaxing break. Check out the handy pointers below… Continue reading →

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