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Scans and screening tests for you and your baby

During your pregnancy, you'll be offered scans and screening tests to monitor your baby's development and try to find any health problems that could affect you or the baby.

Scan appointments during COVID-19

Updated: saliva tests

From Monday, 12 April UHS will be pausing saliva testing for expectant mums and their partners.

After this date women and partners are able to attend scans and stay together for the duration of their appointment – including waiting areas – without the need for a saliva test.

If you have already been sent a test kit or get sent a kit for a future appointment, we ask that you still take and submit it even if your appointment is after 12 April but it will not be compulsory after this date.

This update is subject to any restrictions being re-imposed in line with national guidance.

Ultrasound scans

Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build a picture of the baby in the womb. They're used to:

  • check the size of your baby (this gives us a better idea of how many weeks pregnant you are and when your due date will be)
  • check if you're having more than one baby
  • detect some abnormalities
  • look at the position of your baby and the placenta
  • check that your baby is growing normally.

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Screening tests

During your pregnancy, you'll be offered screening tests that are designed to try to find any health problems that could affect you or the baby.

They're used to find people with a higher chance of a health problem. This means they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment, and make informed decisions about their health. 

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