If there are certain risks, after the ultrasound examination we can execute a triple or quadruple test. These tests are executed between 15 and 19 weeks of pregnancy. Triple test means that we determine values of three hormones (beta HCG, Alfa feto protein and Estriol).Quadruple test means results from the fourth hormone, Inhibin A, too. The Quadruple test is somewhat safer.
It is customary that the next ultrasound examination is performed between the 20 and 24 pregnancy weeks. Then we can see in more detail the baby’s anatomy, the skull, brain, face, neck, chest, heart, baby’s belly, inner organs, arms, legs and we can determine the gender of the baby. The state of the placenta, amniotic fluid and umbilical cord can be seen.
The next ultrasound examination is executed between the 30 and 34 pregnancy weeks. We here again follow the baby status, organs, baby’s progress, body mass, state and amount of amniotic fluid and the age of the placenta.
Besides these classic ultrasound examinations we can execute examinations outside the above mentioned times.
A 4D ultrasound examination can also be performed. This examination enables us to look upon the baby three-dimensionally on the device of the highest quality. The fourth dimension is time, meaning that we observe the baby moving alive.
Ultrasound examinations enable us to increase the certainty and security that everything will be okay with the baby. However, the ultrasound examinations are not omnipotent, but they sure mean a lot in decreasing the risk for mother and the baby.