It's natural to be worried if your scan suggests that there's a problem with your baby. Sometimes a clear diagnosis can be made from the scan, such as for spina bifida.
The scan may show minor changes (variants) that are usually nothing to worry about. Occasionally, though, these can be a sign of something more serious, such as Down's syndrome.
If the sonographer finds anything unusual during the scan, she should refer you to a doctor within 24 hours. If necessary, you'll be seen by a fetal medicine specialist, usually within three days to five days？
Once you've been referred, the doctor may offer to carry out a further test, such as CVS or amniocentesis. These can give you a definitive answer as to whether or not your baby has a chromosomal abnormality such as Down's syndrome. However, they do carry a small risk of miscarriage, which is why an ultrasound is always carried out first.
If a scan reveals a serious problem, you should be given plenty of support to guide you through all the options. Although serious problems are very rare, some families are faced with the difficult decision about whether to continue with the pregnancy.
Other problems may mean a baby needs surgery, either after birth or while in the womb. Or you may need to prepare for the possibility of your baby needing special care when he's born. There will be a whole range of people to support you through it, including midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians, physiotherapists, and the hospital chaplain.
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