Routine Screening Tests & Scans

Parvovirus B19 during pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 is a virus that commonly infects children. It is usually transmitted by coughing and sneezing (respiratory droplets). 

Results: Information about being a carrier

Some women receive a test result that requires further discussion and / or follow up. How this happens will depend upon the type of test that that requires following up. 

Pregnancy scans in women with a raised BMI

The sonographer likes to be able to see all of your baby’s organs and physical structure.  Scanning the unborn baby of a woman with a BMI over 25 can be more difficult as some of the power of the ultrasound waves can be absorbed by the mother’s tummy before they reach the baby.

Read information about routine screening and tests on and Tommy's


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Find out which tests are right for you and your baby. Subtitles are available in English, as well as Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali and Urdu. A British Sign Language version is also available.

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During your pregnancy, you'll be offered a range of tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans.

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Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build a picture of the baby in the womb. The scans are painless, have no known side effects on mothers or babies, and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy. Talk to your midwife, GP or obstetrician about any concerns you have.

Tommy's: Baby movements in pregnancy

Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well.

Contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately if you think your baby’s movements have slowed down, stopped or changed. There are staff on the maternity unit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.