Why do I need a 32 week ultrasound?
Your midwife or obstetrician may suggest that you have a scan at 32 weeks. This is usually to check your baby’s growth, because it might be smaller or larger than expected at this stage of pregnancy. The scan is also a good chance to check your baby’s position, which can be important for labor and delivery.
What will the ultrasound doctor do?
Your medical team will put a little ultrasound gel on your stomach and then slide the transducer over the Belfast baby scan. Then they’ll use ultrasound to measure your baby’s size, as well as the position of its head and limbs.
The ultrasound technician will watch your baby move, and rate his movements on a scale of 10 (Manning’s score). A high number means that your baby is doing well, while a low number could mean that they’re not getting enough oxygen.
How long does a 32 week ultrasound take?
The average 32 week ultrasound takes about 30 minutes. If you have a complicated pregnancy, your doctor might need to make several measurements.
What happens if my scan shows that something is wrong?
If your 32 week ultrasound shows that something is wrong, your medical team will need to get to the bottom of it. They may recommend a special scan called a fetal wellbeing and growth scan, which can help your medical team determine how to deliver your baby safely and what extra medical care your baby needs right after birth.