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Half pregnancy test - course and most important information

Pregnant expectant mother undergoes a lot of tests. One of the most important is the half-examination, which takes place between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy.

What does the doctor especially pay attention to during this examination? How to prepare for it?


Half pregnancy test: when should you do it?

The mid-scan should be done between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy. It is most often performed in the 20th week of pregnancy, i.e. in the middle of pregnancy, where its name comes from. Usually, at this stage of pregnancy development, the examination is carried out through the abdominal wall, sometimes the doctor decides to do a vaginal examination to get a more accurate ultrasound picture.

Half study - what can you find out?

At the halfway point of waiting for a child, a specialist - a gynecologist carries out a professional examination using an ultrasound machine, checks all parameters of the fetus. And although ultrasound examinations are currently performed more than a dozen years ago, the half examination is still considered one of the most important. The doctor assesses:

  • is the fetus growing properly
  • measures its length and determines the weight,
  • determines the position of the child, placenta and umbilical cord,
  • checks the fetus for any irregularities,
  • can assess the sex of the child.

If the doctor has good ultrasound equipment, during this stage he is able to see the child's face, fingers, cervical vertebrae, spine and internal organs very accurately. The image is black and white, the amniotic fluid is dark, the bones are lighter. Sometimes during the examination you will notice how the baby yawns, sucks his thumb, moves.

Half test - how long does it take?

Typically, a half scan takes about 15-30 minutes. Some time ago, it was recommended that the expectant mother come to the examination with a full bladder, so that the ultrasound image was the best possible. Today, thanks to advanced techniques and much better apparatus, there is usually no such indication.

During the examination, most doctors do not see any contraindications for the future person to be accompanied by a loved one, especially since the possibility of watching a child on an ultrasound monitor is usually a very touching moment.

Some doctors examine the fetus in silence, sharing their conclusions at the end of the visit, while others comment on what they see. Some give comprehensive information without asking, others are a little bit. Regardless of how your doctor behaves, it is worth asking about all interesting issues, do not be ashamed, you have the right to do so.

In most offices, there are currently no problems obtaining a test CD. Some specialists also have the habit of printing ultrasound images, which are a valuable souvenir.