The feeling of entering the motherhood phase cannot be described in words. The realization of becoming a mother and the responsibilities hit as soon as your belly starts showing up, i.e. around the 20th week. As a mother, your responsibility is to provide your baby with a nurturing environment so that it grows well. This is also the time when you will get advice from your elders regarding what to eat and when to schedule an appointment with the obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Thane West.

One such important piece of advice for ladies entering the 20th week of pregnancy is to get an anomaly scan. Also known as the mid-pregnancy scan, this ultrasound scan is performed during the 19th or 20th week of pregnancy. The purpose of the scan is to get a clear picture of your womb, fetus, and placenta. The scan also helps the gynecologist detect any abnormality in the fetus. It is a black and white image, showing the face, hand, legs, and movements of the baby. Let’s see why an anomaly scan is important.


The anomaly scan is included in your routine maternity care and the scan is performed somewhere between the 18th and 21st week of the pregnancy. As mentioned earlier, an anomaly scan is a crucial part of your maternity care, as it gives you a detailed view of the fetus growing in your womb. From their hand and leg movements to where the placenta is lying, the gynecologist can tell you the health of your baby after this scan.

The physician will apply gel to your abdomen and use a torch-sized instrument across the belly. The ultrasound lasts for about 30 minutes and the image of the baby appears on the monitor. Note that the scan might take longer if the baby is in a complex position or your Body Mass Index is higher than normal. Safety is never a concern with an ultrasound scan, as it is totally safe given that it’s performed by a medical expert.

Why Required?

The anomaly scan gives the sonographer a better idea of what’s going on inside your belly and how is the baby growing. The ultrasound is performed to detect any potential abnormalities that can affect the baby’s growth. The ultrasound might not detect all problems, but it produces a clear image of the fetus, showing their kidneys, heart, movements, spinal cord, abdomen, face, and more.

Usually, the scan reports are normal, but in some cases, these reports might detect abnormalities or a critical problem, such as Diaphragmatic hernia, Exomphalos, Cleft lip, serious cardiac abnormalities, and more. Consult Dr. Sujata, the best gynecologist in Currae Hospital Thane to get more information about the anomaly scan, its importance, and when it should be performed. Fortunately, an anomaly scan can be performed without a full bladder, so you will not experience any inconvenience. The quality of the pictures from the ultrasound scan depends largely on the position of the baby and your BMI.


Author's Bio: 

Dr. Sujata Rathod runs a Complete women care unit Nurvi Naari. The doctor practices in Currae Speciality Hospital in Thane, Hiranandani Hospital as well as Thane Institute of Gastroenterology and Apollo Clinic. She endows with medical and surgical care to women and has professional expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, fertility, family planning, and gynecological disorders also a well known Laparoscopic Surgeon In Thane. She is trusted for all kinds of Obstetric and Gynaecological treatments.