We schedule the first appointment for when you are about 8-9 weeks pregnant, this appointment will take 30 minutes. If you want we then give you information about prenatal testing (screening). We will aslo make an ultrasound. You can prepare for this appointment by reading the information on the website www.onderzoekvanmijnongeborenkind.nl and fill in the “Bewust kiezen’ questions on this website. The English information about this tests you can find in the brochure on our English website or in the English version of our Webapp.
The next appointment will take place between 10-12 weeks. We will then make an ultrasound to determine your due-date.
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.
This scan at 20 weeks is optional. This scan is covered by insurance in contrast to the combination test.
Here you can find more information about the 20 week scan.
The 20 week ultrasound takes place at the Echo Centre Utrecht.
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.