What to Expect at your Well-being & Gender Scan Appointment…

What to Expect at your Well-being & Gender Scan Appointment…

Are you scheduled for a gender scan + well-being or have an upcoming appointment? Wondering what to expect? Well don’t worry…here we’ll answer all your gender scan queries!

Can I Have a Gender Scan Before 16 Weeks?

We are incredibly proud to offer a 99.9% accuracy rate from 16 weeks, which is why we don’t offer gender confirmation before this gestation. This is to ensure that our ladies walk away 99.9% sure of sexing and you are able to find out boy or girl a full 4 weeks before your 20-week anomaly scan. 

Before Your Appointment…

Please drink plenty of water (a couple of glasses will do) as being hydrated can put fluid around the baby, and help with the overall quality of the scan. We also ask our ladies to arrive with a reasonably full bladder (not so you’re uncomfortable though!) You would need to have had your 12-week NHS scan before you come to us. Make sure you have your hospital notes ready to bring to your appointment. If your notes are digital – have the details of the hospital you attended and when you had your scan. Don’t worry – this is just in case our Sonographers need to refer to the notes.

When You Arrive…

Aim to arrive about 10 minutes before your appointment. When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out a quick form about your pregnancy in our waiting room. They will also ask for some extra details about your pregnancy to ensure our Sonographer and team are completely informed about the reason for your visit. They'll be on hand to answer any questions and all of our clinics allow friends, family & children to join you. Get in touch with the team to find out how many loved ones you can bring.

Can You Keep the Gender a Secret?

Yes! Many families want to keep the gender a secret until a later date. Whether you want to find out at home or have a reveal party planned, just let the team know when you arrive. The Sonographer can pop the gender in an envelope for you and will ask you to cover your eyes when they’re confirming boy or girl. They'll also have a gender reveal extras available to enhance your experience – so feel free to ask the team what’s available.

What Happens in Your Scan…

Diagnostic Well-being Check

The Sonographer will begin by checking the well-being of the baby. This includes assessing the limbs, spine, abdominal contents, brain, and visualizing & listening to the heartbeat.

99.9% Accurate Gender Confirmation

The Sonographer will look between the legs to determine a boy or girl. If the baby is in a difficult position, the Sonographer will do all they can to confirm gender. The Sonographer may ask you to take a short walk or have a cold drink to get baby moving.

4D Peek

The Sonographer will round off your scan by giving you and your family a glimpse at what the baby is up to. This will be done in the 4D view.

We understand that finding out whether you’re having a little-Miss or a mini-Mr is an exciting time…but the first thing that must always be done in ultra-sound scans is checking that baby is healthy and your pregnancy is progressing as it should be. If you have any questions during your scan, feel free to ask your personal scan assistant or Sonographer; they’ll be happy to help.

After Your Scan…

When your scan is complete, you’ll be lead to our printing area to choose images of the baby to print. 
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