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How to Prepare for Your Private Pregnancy Scan?

You don’t need to do much in order to prepare for your private pregnancy scan in London, but there are a couple of simple things you can do in order to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

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Early Ultrasounds

If you are having an early private pregnancy scan in London then it will usually need to be performed trans-vaginally. A thin ultrasound probe will be inserted into your vagina in order to get clear pictures of your womb. This is usually the best way to get pictures of your baby if you have the scan before 11 weeks.

In order to prepare for this type of pregnancy scan you should:

  • Wear clothes that are easy to remove from your lower half or a loose skirt/dress that you can lift up.
  • Empty your bladder just before the appointment in order to ensure the clearest pictures.

Routine Scans

Most ultrasounds during pregnancy can be performed abdominally. The ultrasound probe will need to be passed across your bare abdomen.

You should prepare for your private pregnancy scan in London by:

  • Wearing clothes that can easily be removed from your abdomen. A separate top and bottom will usually be more comfortable than a dress.
  • Having something to drink and try not to empty your bladder for 30-60 minutes before the appointment as it will ensure we get the clearest pictures. However, don’t try to hold it in of you do need to go, as it is more important to be comfortable than to have a full bladder.

Other Ways to Prepare

It isn’t necessary to do much to prepare for your pregnancy scans, but you might want to find out more about the scan probe fore your appointment. Ultrasounds are very safe, simple procedures but you will probably feel more comfortable if you know what to expect. You may also want to find out about the checks that will be performed, such as the nuchal translucency test, so that you can understand why they are needed and what they could reveal. If you have any questions about pregnancy scans, you can talk to your sonographer or doctor before the ultrasound is performed.