Congratulations! You’ll finally be able to know a bit more about your baby – like whether you’ll need to stock up on pink or blue paint for that spare bedroom.
Scans work by using sound waves to build a picture of the baby. Your scan will be carried out by a sonographer who’ll to put some gel on your bump to ensure a clear reading. The sonographer will then run a probe over your tummy to send out ultrasound waves and then pick them up when they bounce back.
The scan does not hurt but the sonographer will need to apply a teeny bit of pressure to get the best view as this is the best opportunity to thoroughly assess your baby before he or she is ready to join us. The session will take around 20 minutes – maybe less – and you will have the results by the end of the scan. There’s also the option for a printout of the scan, but you’ll have to pay for this and the cost depends on the hospital. Expect to pay anything from £3 to a tenner.
You should even be able to bring friends and family, but we wouldn’t recommend a Mariah Carey entourage. Either way, please check with your hospital before rocking up 100-deep.
Ultrasound scans are usually offered to women at least twice during their pregnancy and have no known risks to mother or baby, but you don’t have to have one if you don’t want to.
The same goes for stretch marks, and you can now protect yourself from them with our Anti Stretch Mark Pack. It includes a super comfy Anti Stretch Mark Band which, when worn with our moisturising Day Gel, could give you a 70% chance of NOT getting any stretch marks. You can also luxuriate in our lush Night Cream before bedtime to keep your bump feeling smooth and supple.