While the gel might be a bit cold, the scans are completely painless.The probe sends out ultrasound waves – sound waves with a frequency higher than the human ear is able to hear – to produce images of your baby, which the sonographer studies on a screen.It will check whether you’re expecting one baby or more and that your baby is developing as it should be at this stage.You should also be offered an antenatal screening test for Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities at this stage.Of these, 36% arrange extra scans for reassurance that all’s well.The advice from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is to have your early scan and then the anomaly scan at 18-20 weeks.
The price you’ll pay for a non-NHS scan depends on the type of scan you want and the area you live in.
Our research shows that private scans cost £102 on average.
While 18% of people who completed our survey paid under £50, 5% spent more than £250.
If a scan reveals a possible problem with your pregnancy or baby, the sonographer might ask for a second opinion from another professional.
This might be done straight away or you may have to come back for another scan.
This is called the combined test, because it involves a blood test as well as the scan, and can be carried out between 10 and 14 weeks.