We schedule the first appointment when you are between 8-11 weeks pregnant. Check https://verloskundigenbreedstraat.nl/en/your-first-visit/. If you want we can make the first ultrasound around 8 weeks of your pregnancy. Normally you would have to pay around 37 euros for this ultrasound (unless there is a medical indication for this ultrasound.) Our assistant can tell you more about this. Please let her know if you want an ultrasound between 8-10 weeks of your pregnancy. It is also possible to wait untill 10-11 weeks to make the first ultrasound.
The next (or first) ultrasound will take place between 10-12 weeks. We will then make an ultrasound to determine your due-date. The baby will be measured to check how far you are exactly. The due-date will not be changed again after this ultrasound.
Ultrasound at 13 weeks (as of September 1st)
The 13 week ultrasound is a medical examination that can be performed by a sonographer if you are between 12 weeks and 3 days and 14 weeks and 3 days pregnant. With the 13 week ultrasound you can have an early examination in the pregnancy to see whether your child has serious physical abnormalities. During a 13-week ultrasound, the sonographer looks at the skull, heart, abdomen, arms and legs, the spine, the nuchal fold and the placenta, among other things. The sonographer also checks whether the amniotic fluid is normal.
There are no costs for the 13 week ultrasound. Click here for more information about the 13 week ultrasound. Here the 13 week ultrasound is discussed in more detail and the difference with the 20 weeks is also explained.
Ultrasound at 20 weeks
The ultrasound at 20 weeks is a comprehensive medical ultrasound where it is assessed if the baby has any birth defects or not (as much as the scan can reveal). Among other things, development of the brains, heart, and other important organs are looked at. This ultrasound is optional.
At the 20 week ultrasound we also look at the softmarkers linked to birth defects. Softmarkers are a possible indication of a syndrome (e.g. Down syndrome). If these softmarkers do present themselves it is not a guarantee that a birth defect is present. Additional research is required in some casus.
This scan at 20 weeks is optional. This scan is totally covered by Dutch insurance in contrast to the combination test and NIPT test.
Here you can find more information about the 20 week scan.
Around week 35 of the pregnancy, we perform an ultrasound here at the practice to check how the baby is positioned. For the benefit of the birth it is important that the head of the baby is positioned in the lower section of your belly.