Fetal Medicine & Ultrasonography
While it takes around 6 weeks for a fetal heartbeat to develop, regular ultrasounds and fetal care monitoring can help you assess your baby’s growth and development at all such significant times.
The Mother & the Fetus are a physically single unit, however, they are both two different entities & individuals, having their own physiological and developmental challenges and require specialized care independent of each other.
Advancements in Obstetrics have now given shape to a new field of medicine known as – fetal medicine, which focuses on the specific needs of the fetus.
Pregnancy is a journey that lasts around 40-weeks and each week, both you and your baby are crossing vital milestones. It is important to have regular checks and see if the progress is as expected or if there are any challenges along the way. Regular scans and consultations with the fetal medicine experts at Ankura help you with this!
Fetal care will help you:
- Catch early signs of birth defects and take necessary measures or discontinue the pregnancy in case of an affected fetus.
- Determine the degree of care you and your baby need, based on this you can shift yourself to tertiary care if required.
- Predict and prevent any fetal growth restriction or preterm birth
Many a time, various complications that arise during pregnancy, while the child is still inside the womb, can lead to health issues in later stages like infancy or adult life. This can be avoided by ensuring that quality fetal care is provided at the right time!
Ultrasound scanning is one of the major components of fetal medicine, providing the necessary diagnostic and interventional method to identify any challenges to the growing fetus. Some of the routinely performed scans include:
- An anatomy scan
- A Nuchal Scan
- A standard ultrasound examination in each of the trimesters.
Getting an ultrasound in the 1st trimester of pregnancy can help you identify the embryo, assess the length of the fetus, check the fetal cardiac activity and monitor the maternal uterus to see if it poses any threat to the baby.
Getting an ultrasound in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy can help you assess the fetal position, placenta location, estimated fetal weight, anatomy survey for the fetus, and amniotic fluid volume.
Adequate growth of the fetus, as well as vital signs that indicate the appropriate progression of the fetus during the gestation period, are the key aspects of fetal monitoring. Any anomalies must be promptly identified and diagnosed, to create a pleasant and unique experience. This can be achieved with the help of advanced technology and innovative medical procedures that aids the delivery of world-class fetal care at Ankura!
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