Your Pregnancy by Trimester:
Which Baby Scan?
For peace of mind please ensure your chosen baby scan clinic is HIS registered and fully insured before booking. From 16 weeks you can have a gender scan to find out the sex of your baby, we also have growth & wellbeing scans and from 24 weeks once the baby is fully formed you can try a 4D babyscan package. These are available at our Ayr, Glasgow, Motherwell, Falkirk, Greenock and Edinburgh clinics. Book here.
Most women find the second trimester of pregnancy easier than the first. But it is just as important to stay informed about your pregnancy during these months. From 16 weeks ABC4D are able to give a professional opinion on the sex of your baby. More detailed ultrasound scans are available during the second trimester with the Growth & Wellbeing scan and the Advanced Anomally Scan. From 24 weeks your baby is fully formed and our range of 4D packages will give you an insight into your babies features and the opportunity to record the images for future posterity.
Weeks 14 – 16
YOU: Hopefully you will start to feel better, with more energy and less nausea. Your womb is growing and you will notice the beginning of a bump appearing. Your waist is disappearing fast and you might have to start thinking about maternity clothes. Your breasts might be less tender, though they are already working to produce the baby’s first milk – colostrum.
YOUR BABY: Your baby is becoming stronger and learning how to move fingers and toes. By 16 weeks your baby might even be able to suck its thumb! The baby is still developing and now the eyes and ears are working. Your baby can respond to light and hear your voice and heart beating. On scan, all the baby’s basic structures can be seen, including the brain, heart, kidneys and bladder. By 16 weeks it is just possible to see whether your baby is a boy or a girl! The baby’s length can no longer be measured on the screen. Instead, the baby’s head, tummy and thigh are measured when the baby’s growth is checked.
Weeks 17 – 23
YOU: Hopefully you now have the pregnancy glow with thicker, glossy hair. Symptoms such as heartburn, constipation, stretch marks and ankle swelling are very common. Despite these discomforts, this is an exciting time as you begin to feel your baby’s kicks for the first time. If you have had a baby before, you might recognise the flutters sooner than a first time mum, but most women will feel movements by the end of the 22nd week.
YOUR BABY: To prepare for life in the outside world, your baby is practising breathing movements and learning to suck and swallow. You might feel tapping movements as your baby has the hiccups! Your baby’s kidneys are now producing urine, which contributes to the fluid surrounding your baby. Your baby reaches a pound in weight by 22 – 23 weeks and now has eyelashes and eyebrows. Your baby’s detailed or anomaly scan is best performed between 18 and 24 weeks. This allows all the basic structures of your baby to be checked to see if they are developing normally.
Weeks 24 – 28
YOU: Your bump will be quite noticeable by now and the extra weight might give you some lower back or pelvic discomfort. You might get leg cramps, haemorrhoids or varicose veins. To make up for the unpleasant aspects of pregnancy, you can enjoy feeling more vigorous and regular baby movements. The kicks will be strong enough for your partner to feel the movements through your tummy.
YOUR BABY: 24 weeks is a big milestone for your baby as he or she has reached viability. This means that your baby has a chance of survival if your baby was born. The baby’s organs are capable of functioning in the outside world, but baby is much better kept inside for a lot longer to develop and mature normally. The baby will weigh just over 2 pounds by 28 weeks. On scan, the baby can be measured and your baby’s weight estimated. The fluid surrounding the baby can be measured and the blood flow through the baby’s cord examined. These measurements are part of the growth and wellbeing scan. Although 3D/4D scanning can be used earlier, your baby is starting to develop chubby cheeks and this is the ideal time for a 3D/4D scan to check out your baby’s family resemblance.