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Antenatal scans, also known as prenatal scans or obstetric scans, are ultrasound scans performed during pregnancy to inspect the baby’s development, the possibility of multiple pregnancies, and to study the internal body structures of your baby and detect any abnormalitiesor deformities.
An antenatal ultrasound scan utilizes high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of your baby in your womb. During an antenatal scan, a clear water-based conducting gel is applied over the skin of your abdomen to assist with the transmission of the sound waves. A handheld probe, called a transducer, that emits sound waves and receives the rebound echoes from the tissue is moved over the abdomen area. The reflected “echoes” or sound waves are then translated into a 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional picture on a screen that you will be able to see. Most antenatal scans are performed by a professional sonographer or a doctor and are totally painless with no adverse risks to you or your baby.
The various types of antenatal scans performed during pregnancy include:
If you would like to check your baby or if you develop any symptoms that might indicate a complication or problem during your pregnancy, Venus Women's Clinic Team/Miss Aliaa Arafa are happy to help you at every single stage of your pregnancy to make your pregnancy experience one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have.
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