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Sometimes the screening result for your baby will come back with an increased risk of of Down, Edwards or Patau syndrome.

If this happens you will get a phone call from a midwife inviting you to come back to the hospital for an appointment with the Fetal Medicine team.

Ultrasound may be offered for different reasons: In early pregnancy it is possible to measure the size of the baby and so calculate the date your baby is due.

In most cases this is a more accurate way of estimating the baby’s due date than using period dates.

You do not have to have a scan if you do not wish to.

Please discuss with your midwife/GP/Consultant if you require further information or wish to avoid any particular scan.

You will need to have decided before your scan if you wish to know the baby’s sex and ask the sonographer before the scan begins.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer you a repeat scan just to find out the sex of the baby if not seen at time of your routine scan.

This is usually performed by your community midwife at your 16 week appointment.The scan will also tell us that the pregnancy is progressing normally and if you are expecting more than one baby.An early scan is sometimes performed vaginally (internally) especially if very early in pregnancy, however, scans are usually only performed earlier than 12 weeks when there is a clinical indication, for example if there has been bleeding or concern about an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tube).Most babies are healthy but some have problems that could be serious.It is important to remember that the purpose of the scan is to look for potential problems so it is best not to bring too many people with you into the scan room.