Wellbeing Ultrasound

Timing

  • Third trimester

Purpose

The purpose of a Wellbeing Ultrasound varies depending on your pregnancy but may include:

  • Evaluating the growth and health of the baby/babies
  • Confirming the baby's position in preparation for delivery
  • Measuring the size of the fetus and estimating fetal weight
  • Examining movements of the fetus
  • Measuring the amount of amniotic fluid

Description

Not all women need ultrasounds in their third trimester. Your doctor may refer you for a 3rd-trimester ultrasound if there are signs of increased concern for you or your pregnancy or childbirth.

Your doctor may want you to have a 3rd trimester ultrasound if:

  • You have had previous complications of pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia, growth restriction, diabetes, or stillbirth.
  • You have developed a problem during the course of your pregnancy. o You have a multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets).
  • You are concerned about the movement of your baby/babies.
  • Your baby is suspected to be in the breech position and you are planning a vaginal delivery.
  • There is concern that your baby has stopped growing.

Sometimes done in a series

If you have a higher-risk pregnancy, your pregnancy care may include a series of ultrasounds as we keep close watch over the health and development of your baby (or babies).