An overview of anomaly pregnancy scans

By Dr. Felicia Parker who educates women about pregnancy in order to give them all the necessary tools to avoid any complications during this amazing yet very sensitive period in their lives.


It cannot be stressed enough how important conducting an early pregnancy scan is during the end of the first trimester of the pregnancy is. The scan can effectively detect and analyze the progress and if there is need for any sort of extra procedure to be included. Personally, nothing beats the experience of seeing an ultrasound image or real time video of a child inside of you. This is just one of the reasons why it is highly recommended to conduct these ultrasound tests during the first trimester. The purpose of the scan is to determine the capability of the pregnancy. By using ultrasound the gender, determining if there’s multiple pregnancy and the expected due date can be discovered. There are two main types of pregnancy scan which is trans-vaginal or internal and abdominal scans.

Fetal anomaly scan is an absolute must for pregnant women today as it can greatly reduce the complications that can arise in the delivery of the baby. As medical statics will point out, infants who were discovered to have some abnormalities early during the pregnancy was able to be cured at a higher rate than those infants with abnormalities that were discovered just a few hours before delivery.

Preparations of the pregnancy scan are quite simple. Remember to wear two piece clothing like shirt and pants or skirt, drink half a litre of water an hour before the procedure and do not empty your bladder. Having liquid inside your bladder can help generate a clear ultrasound image as the water acts as a sort of contrast the baby’s form. By performing pregnancy scans a mother is also able to get a risk assessment of their pregnancy. This can help detect if there are any abnormalities with the infant or how well your body will be able to handle the pregnancy as well as the deliver. Keep in mind that it actually takes about between the 19th weeks to the 24thto determine the gender of the baby. This time period is the perfect time to schedule the initial pregnancy scan, or second one if you’ve already conducted the scan during your first trimester period.

A common question asked by pregnant women is how many times they need to schedule for a pregnancy scan. Ideally it should only about two or three times during the entire nine month period in order to reduce the risk of radiation effect. For a normal pregnancy that is low-risk it is pretty normal to only be scheduled by the doctor for two pregnancy scans, dating scan (12 weeks in) and anomaly scan (24 weeks in).

While it is normal for some mothers to simply skip pregnancy scans, it is reasonably endorsed by medical experts for expectant mothers to think about conducting the procedure as a sort of safety measure. There’s no harm done as long as it is regulated and the benefits of knowing details about your baby while it is still inside can lead to nonexistent complications during the delivery.


By Dr. Felicia Parker, a physician living in Liverpool, England with her own clinic. She is a mother of three children, Mary, Ben and Gwen and married to her psychologist husband Peter. She continues to educate women about pregnancy in order to give them all the necessary tools to avoid any complications during this amazing yet very sensitive period in their lives.