For a period of 11-12 weeks, the future mother may be referred for prenatal screening – an analysis that will help to identify possible deviations in the development of the fetus. It consists of the screening of ultrasound in order to measure the fetal nuchal translucency and blood biochemistry. If the results show that there is a danger of deviation, the future mother may be sent to additional investigations and consultations with genetics.
By the decision of the doctor the future mother may be sent to an ultrasound examination at the 11th week of pregnancy regardless of passage the prenatal screening. There are several reasons for this:
- the necessity of ensuring the normal course of pregnancy with any disease of the future mother;
- assessment of fetal development and the elimination of possible violations in its development;
- diagnostics of the placenta;
- determining the status of the uterus in the case of nagging pain in the abdomen.