So you’ve had your first blue line moment … CONGRATULATIONS! Now it’s time to visit your doctor for that all-important blood test.

Some women find it very confusing keeping up with all the different tests you need during pregnancy. From week to week, all your appointments will start to have the word “baby” in them!

Here’s a list of scans that you’ll normally have during pregnancy to help you:

5-7 weeks – The Dating Scan:
Your GP will usually give you a referral for this scan once you’ve had a positive blood test. It will measure the length of your little jelly bean and tell you your most accurate due date.

11-13 weeks - The Nuchal Translucency:
This test is optional and the referral usually comes from your GP. It’s an ultrasound that measures the fluid filled skin fold at the back of baby’s neck, and it also involves testing your blood. The purpose of this test is to estimate if your baby is at an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome.

18-20 weeks - The Morphology Scan:
This is the longest scan that you’ll have in pregnancy. It generally takes up to 1 hour. This is where you’ll get all those beautiful scan pictures to keep in your purse. The sonographer will be checking all of your baby’s bones and organs, as well as their face, arms and legs. They will look at baby’s umbilical cord and the location of your placenta, as well as measuring the amount of fluid around baby.

There are other scans that your doctors may send you to throughout your pregnancy too. These include:
• Foetal welfare and growth scans (for checking that your baby is growing at a good rate)
• Placental location scans (a check-up later in pregnancy if they find that your placenta is low at the Morphology Scan)
• Cervical length screening (if they’re concerned that you may go into preterm labour)
• 3D or 4D scans can be done at any time for those gorgeous baby pictures!

I hope this helps with planning out your diary!

- Amanda