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Growth Scan

It’s important to clarify that growth scans themselves are not treatments, but rather a diagnostic tool used to monitor fetal health and development. Here’s some information about growth scans in pregnancy: What is a growth scan? A growth scan is an ultrasound scan specifically used to assess the size and well-being of a developing baby during pregnancy. It’s typically performed in the third trimester (around 28-32 weeks), but can be done earlier if concerns arise. The scan uses sound waves to create images of the baby, allowing healthcare professionals to measure: Fetal measurements: head circumference, abdominal circumference, and femur length (used to estimate weight).
  • Amniotic fluid volume: the amount of fluid surrounding the baby.
  • Placental location and blood flow: to assess nutrient and oxygen delivery to the baby.
  • Baby’s movements and heartbeat: to gauge their activity and overall health.
Why are growth scans done? Monitor fetal growth and identify any potential issues, such as: Fetal growth restriction (FGR): when the baby isn’t growing at the expected rate, potentially due to placental problems, maternal health conditions, or genetic factors. Multiple pregnancy: to monitor the growth of each baby individually. Previous concerns about fetal health: if earlier ultrasounds indicated potential problems. Benefits of growth scans: Early detection of potential issues allows for interventions like increased monitoring, dietary changes, or even early delivery if necessary. Provides reassurance to expectant parents about their baby’s well-being. Limitations of growth scans:
  • Not always 100% accurate in predicting complications.
  • Can cause unnecessary anxiety if misinterpreted.
Important to remember: Growth scans are just one part of prenatal care and should be interpreted by a healthcare professional in conjunction with other factors like maternal health and past scans. If you have any concerns about your baby’s growth or well-being, talk to our doctors . I hope this information is helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions