An ultrasound scan performed during the last trimester of pregnancy to determine the growth of the baby is called a growth scan or well-being scan. This is done to know the baby’s size, weight, and to assess the health condition of the baby. The first fetal scan is recommended to be done between 28 weeks and 32 weeks of pregnancy to determine fetal growth and well being. Another scan and color doppler studies closer to your scheduled delivery date, that is between 36 and 40 weeks to measure the placental blood flow.
Growth scan is used to:
Usually, a growth scan takes around 30 minutes. Depending on the position of the baby during the scan time may increase.
Gynecologist will suggest pregnant women to undergo a growth scan if she is having any of the below signs:
Yes, a growth scan is absolutely safe for both mother and the baby. The sonographers follow all the required guidelines to assure an individual a safe scan.