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Pregnancy checkups, screenings and scans

Knowing what check-ups, screenings and scans to have and when to have them during your pregnancy is important information for every pregnant woman. On these pages you will find details on what is involved in your antenatal care, from ultrasounds and other standard tests to what's involved in screening for Down syndrome and neural tube defects including spina bifida.

Antenatal care during your pregnancy

You receive antenatal care from your GP, midwife or obstetrician. You’ll be offered tests and scans and your health and your baby’s will be checked.

Routine antenatal tests

During your pregnancy, you'll be offered a range of tests, including blood tests and ultrasound scans.

Blood tests during pregnancy

Find out more on the blood tests you be offered during your pregnancy.

Ultrasound scan

Most women will have at least one ultrasound scan during their pregnancy. It usually takes place between 18 weeks and 21 weeks.

Prenatal screening and testing

Prenatal testing is available to check the health of your baby. It is your choice if you decide to have these tests and you should discuss your option...

Rhesus D negative in pregnancy

Find out what being Rhesus D negative could mean for your baby and how it is treated.

Dating scan

A dating scan is an ultrasound scan to determine how many weeks pregnant you are and your due date. Learn more about how the procedure is performed.

Morphology scan

In the second trimester of pregnancy, you may be offered to have an morphology scan (anomaly scan). Learn about what it looks for and when it is perfo...

Genetic counselling

Genetic counselling may be recommended for people who have a history of hereditary disorders. Find out why you might need counselling and what to expe...

Neural tube defects

Neural tube defect affects less than one in 1000 pregnancies. There are a number of factors that will increase this risk especially a close family his...

Questions to ask your doctor about tests and scans

Questions to ask your doctor about the tests and scans you will be offered during your pregnancy.

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