The scan is carried out in a dimly lit room so the sonographer is able to get good images of your baby. Youll be asked to lie on your back and reveal your tummy. The sonographer will put ultrasound gel on your tummy, which makes sure there is good contact between the machine and your skin.
Where do pregnancy scans take place?
It will usually take place at your local hospital ultrasound department. Most scans are carried out by sonographers. You may need to have a full bladder for this scan, as this makes the ultrasound image clearer. You can ask your midwife or doctor before the scan if this is the case.
Are pregnancy scans internal?
In early pregnancy, especially before 11 weeks, it is usual to have a trans-vaginal (internal) scan, where a probe is placed in the vagina. This gives the clearest and most accurate picture in early pregnancy. It may also be offered after 11 or 12 weeks if a trans-abdominal scan doesnt give a clear enough picture.
When do you have pregnancy scans?
Ultrasound scans in pregnancy You might be offered an ultrasound scan at 11-13 weeks (usually called the 12-week scan). Health professionals also usually recommend you have an ultrasound scan at 18-20 weeks (usually called the 20-week scan).
Are internal pregnancy scans painful?
Unlike some other scans, such as CT scans, ultrasound scans dont involve exposure to radiation. External and internal ultrasound scans dont have any side effects and are generally painless, although you may experience some discomfort as the probe is pressed over your skin or inserted into your body.