Advanced Pregnancy - Fetal Presentation
The baby is very mobile in the early weeks of gestation, however, at about 32 weeks, most baby's are in a head down position (Cephalic Presentation).
It is important to know the baby's position prior to birth and your midwife will normally assess this by feeling the baby through the tummy. Sometimes this can be quite difficult. A scan is performed to ensure that the baby is not in a Breech Position.
The scan will take about half an hour and will:
- Confirm dates and Heart Beat
- Show and hear baby's heart beat
- Confirm baby's growth and estimate weight
- Look at baby's anatomy again
- Check for Position of baby
- Check for Position of placenta
- Examine amount of Fluid around the baby
- Confirm gender if desired