When you’re pregnant, it’s common to undergo numerous scans to check on the progress of the baby. Most typically, scans are carried out early on in the pregnancy. However, a presentation scan is one of the few that are performed later on in the pregnancy.
Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about a presentation scan, including why you might need one.
What is a presentation scan?
A presentation scan is typically carried out after 36 weeks into the pregnancy. Its primary purpose is to establish the position of baby, though it also looks into the position of the placenta, and how much amniotic fluid is surrounding baby.
The presentation scan isn’t performed unless it is recommended by your midwife or obstetrician. It is typically recommended to those perceived to have a high risk of a breech presentation and if the clinical examination is not accurate in determining the presentation.
Why it’s important to check baby’s position
During delivery, babies should be born head first. Throughout the pregnancy, your baby will move around a lot, sometimes ending up in what is referred to as breech position. This is where either the feet or the buttocks are the opposite way around to what they should be. Giving birth with baby’s feet first can raise potential risks, with most needing to be born via a caesarean section.
By week 36 of the pregnancy, baby should have settled into their final position. If they are still in breech position, a caesarean section will most likely be scheduled between weeks 37 and 38. The presentation scan helps to identify what position baby is in.
What does the presentation scan include?
A presentation scan typically includes an ultrasound scan. Most private clinics provide 4D imaging of baby, giving you an in-depth look into how they are developing. You can also have either 2D or 3D scans printed. If you haven’t found out baby’s sex yet, there is the possibility you could find out during the presentation scan. However, it does depend upon what position baby is in.
After the scan, you’ll be provided with a report, including baby’s measurements if requested. The entire appointment will last between 15 and 20 minutes, though the scan itself takes just a couple of minutes to locate baby’s head.
What do you need to do to prepare for a presentation scan?
Unlike other pregnancy scans, you’ll be pleased to learn that you don’t typically need a full bladder before the scan takes place. You will need to expose the abdomen, however, so it is recommended you wear two pieces of clothing, such as trousers and a top, rather than a dress. It is possible to take guests with you, though ideally, you’ll want to limit it to two to three people.
Overall, presentation scans can prove crucial in preventing breech births. While they are pretty rare, in the event your baby is still in breech position, it does help to be prepared. Once you’ve received the results of the scan, you’ll be able to come up with a plan of action of how best to proceed with the birth.
Call 07835 736627 or 0121 308 7774 to arrange a Presentation Scan at SureScan.