How many ultrasounds do you get during pregnancy NZ?

You usually have one or more ultrasound scans during pregnancy. The two scans usually offered are the nuchal scan and the anatomy scan. It’s not usual to have a dating scan early in your pregnancy to work out how many weeks pregnant you are and your due date.

What kind of ultrasounds do you get during pregnancy?

There are two main kinds of ultrasound used during pregnancy—transvaginal and transabdominal.

What weeks do you get ultrasounds during pregnancy NZ?

The first ultrasound of the pregnancy should ideally be offered when the gestational age is thought to be between 12 and 13+6 weeks gestation for optimal assessment of fetal anatomy and nuchal translucency (NT).

Do you need a full bladder for 20 week scan NZ?

You won t need to have a full bladder for this ultrasound, unlike the 12 week one. But the sonographer may request you don t wee for 30 minutes or so before your procedure as some urine in your bladder will help with visualising the baby.

Why do you only get 2 ultrasounds during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, you can count on at least two ultrasounds, the first one is to confirm pregnancy and the second, at around 20 weeks gestation, to assess the baby’s anatomy for normal growth and development.

Do you get an ultrasound at 8 weeks?

Some doctors perform the first ultrasound exam around 6 to 8 weeks of pregnancy, often during the first prenatal visit. Others only recommend this exam if a woman has symptoms of a high-risk pregnancy—for example, bleeding, abdominal pain, or a history of miscarriage, birth defects, or pregnancy complications.

What type of ultrasound is done at 12 weeks?

The nuchal translucency (NT) scan, or “12-week scan,” is an ultrasound performed in the first trimester between 11.5 weeks and 13 weeks, six days. This scan is combined with a blood test that looks at two specific hormones of pregnancy: the free-Beta hCG and PAPP-A (pregnancy associated plasma protein A).

Is ultrasound free in NZ?

Most maternity care is free for women who meet the criteria above. There may be charges for antenatal or childbirth education classes, and some tests at a private laboratory. There may also be charges for ultrasound scans. Private obstetricians and private maternity hospitals will also charge a fee.

Can 20 week ultrasound detect Down syndrome?

This ultrasound measures the thickness of the back of the fetus’s neck to screen for Down syndrome. In the the second trimester, an ultrasound performed between 18 and 22 weeks can look for characteristics that indicate an increased risk of Down syndrome.