About Wellbeing Scans
Wellbeing scans assess fetal size and a wide range of other fetal well-being aspects. We routinely assess:
- Head Circumference
- Femur Length
- Amniotic Fluid
- Umbilical artery blood flow (Doppler)
- Placental location
- Viability (heartbeat)
- Some major abnormalities may also be seen
- Gender (sex of baby) is optional
Most wellbeing scans are carried out trans-abdominally (through the tummy) with an abdominal probe. A full bladder is helpful for this scan.
After your scan, you will receive a text link to our Tricefy Baby Scan Photo Service so that you can download and share your images.
All of our wellbeing scans are undertaken by fully qualified, regulated and insured sonographers who are all also senior sonographers within the NHS.
Should a problem or concern be identified, they will contact a Consultant Clinician on the same day as your scan. You won’t have to be referred elsewhere and your imaging will be reviewed quickly by the most senior fetal medicine expert in Wales.
Check the Baby not the Bump
A programme or series of wellbeing scans allows you to follow the rate of growth (growth velocity) as this is more important than just measuring size alone. A small baby that is growing normally should usually be healthy whereas a big baby whose growth has slowed may be in difficulties and at risk. Babies who are significantly compromised or at risk of stillbirth may need early delivery.