Congratulations, if you're reading this, you are getting close to the halfway mark in your pregnancy! Your next milestone is your 20-week scan. The 20-week scan is an exciting one; you get to see lots of detail and many of my newborn portrait clients choose to find out the gender of their baby at this scan too. So, let’s find out what to expect at your 20-week scan.
Why Scan at 20 Weeks?
Your 20-week scan is sometimes referred to as your anomaly scan and is usually done between 18 and 21 weeks. At this point in your pregnancy, your baby is developed enough for the sonographer to have a really good look at their bones, heart, brain, spinal cord, face, kidneys and abdomen.
What Can the Scan Tell Me?
In most cases, the scan will show that your baby is developing normally. The sonographer can also diagnose certain conditions which you can find out more about here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-week-scan/
Of course, at your 20-week scan you can also choose to find out the gender of your baby. It’s not guaranteed that the sonographer is always 100% correct and your baby might be laying in an awkward position, making it difficult for them to be certain. If this is the case, you always have the option to attend a private scan where you can take more time. Window To The Womb Southampton offer this service and I highly recommend them to my clients.
What Happens at the Scan?
The scan is carried out in exactly the same way as your 12-week dating scan. The sonographer will put some jelly on your tummy and use a handheld probe over your abdomen. The 20-week scan often takes a little longer than your dating scan though. You will be able to have someone with you to attend the appointment but most hospitals in the Salisbury area don’t allow children to attend scans.
After the Scan
Depending on the results of your scan, you may need to see a consultant afterwards to discuss the results. You will also get the opportunity to take home images from the scan – your 20-week scan pictures are usually very clear! This is also the perfect time to book your newborn portrait session. My newborn sessions get booked up months in advance as most of my clients book their session directly after having their 20-week scan. I run a flexible diary system because no one really knows when baby is going to arrive; so, this means I cap the number of newborn bookings I can take for each month.
To find out more about my newborn photography sessions click here: https://www.littlebeanbabyphotography.co.uk/newborn-photography
Good luck from everyone at Little Beans for the rest of your pregnancy!
If you've had your scan, and have some information that you wish you'd known before yours, comment below!