Morphology Scan

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In the second trimester of pregnancy, your doctor or midwife might offer you an ultrasound scan called an morphology scan. The scan is performed by a specialist sonographer, a health professional trained in the use of ultrasound. Morphology scans check your baby for any physical abnormalities.

What is an morphology scan and what does it look for?

The morphology scan is a detailed ultrasound scan that looks at your baby’s body and observes the position of the placenta, the umbilical cord, the amniotic fluid around your baby, and your uterus and your cervix. It is also known as a ‘anomaly scan’ or a ‘18-20 week scan’.

The sonographer will measure the baby and use these measurements to confirm the expected date of birth.

The sonographer will also check to see if your baby has any abnormalities in their growth or development, including in their heart, stomach, kidneys and limbs. It is important to know that while many abnormalities are picked up by this scan, not all of them are.

The sonographer can often tell if you are having a boy or a girl, with about 95% accuracy. If you prefer to wait until the birth to find out the sex of your baby, it’s a good idea to ask the sonographer not to mention it.

If your placenta is positioned low in your uterus, your doctor or midwife will tell you that you have a low lying placenta, also known as placenta praevia. Usually another ultrasound is recommended in the third trimester, to check that your placenta has moved away from your cervix.

A low lying placenta at 18-20 weeks does not necessarily mean that it will be low at the time of birth, so there is no cause for concern. If your placenta is close to your cervix in the third trimester, there may be an increased risk of bleeding during labour. If this is the case, your doctor or midwife will discuss with you what your options are for the birth.

When is an morphology scan performed?

An morphology scan is performed in the second trimester, usually at around 18-22 weeks of pregnancy.

How is an morphology scan performed?

The sonographer will place some gel on your belly and move a transducer across it in order to obtain images of your baby on a screen. The scan takes about half an hour. You might be offered a photo or a DVD of the scan.

Many parents find that they feel more attached to their baby after seeing them at this scan. It’s a good idea to share the experience with your partner or support person. A medical certificate can usually be provided so that you can take time off work for the scan.

What can an morphology scan show?

You might be able to see your baby’s heart beating, a clear image of your baby’s spine, and your baby’s arms and legs waving and kicking. Some babies may even be sucking their thumb. The images look a bit like a blurry photo.

Do I have to have the scan?

No, you do not have to have the scan. It’s your choice. 

What do the results mean and what happens next?

The sonographer might not give you much information about your pregnancy and baby while you are viewing the scan. A detailed scan report will be sent to your doctor or midwife, so you will need to see them to discuss the results.

If abnormalities are suspected or detected, you may need to have further tests. Your doctor or midwife will explain the options to you and may recommend that you speak with a genetic counsellor, an obstetrician or a paediatrician.

In the second trimester of pregnancy, your doctor or midwife might offer you an ultrasound scan called an morphology scan. The scan is performed by a specialist sonographer, a health professional trained in the use of ultrasound. Morphology scans check your baby for any physical abnormalities.

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If you are interested in the Morphology Scan, you should speak with us or message us so that we can connect you to a professional service provider near you.

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Check Physical Abnormalities
Done In Second Trimester
Diagnostic Tests Available
Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan
Second Trimester Screening
Access to Safe Motherhood Program
Milestones achivement rewards and awards
My Health Chat Points: 500
Free delivery in Lagos City*
For orders > ₦15,000
Quality Assurance
For all products in store
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