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13 Week Baby Scan

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Here is a radiology scan taken when baby reached the 13 week stage.  Absolutely amazing to see the little person in there, when there wasn't actually kicking or belly bump to see on the outside.

This scan can be conducted between 11 and 13 weeks, which is quite standard in New Zealand.  The actual test they do is the Nuchal Fold  (a.k.a Nuchal Translucency Screening).  This is where the radiologist measures the clear space in the tissue at the back of babies developing neck, to check for risk of Down Syndrome.

It's a wonderful experience to have the scan done, and for the first time see your baby and confirm there was a little body in there!

Yourmidwife may also get a scan done at 20 weeks, but by that time your baby will have grown so much that you won't be able to see a full body picture on the screen.  This is also the time when the radiologist can check the gender of your baby, very exciting!

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