Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I book a scan at Window to the Womb?

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We are the only brand in the UK that specialises solely on pregnancy scanning with our primary focus being to provide you and your family with a memorable and unique experience.
All our sonographers are medically qualified and our staff are all fully trained to provide you with first class service throughout your time with us.
Whilst we will always complete a wellbeing check of your baby, our scans are designed to allow you and the family to bond with your baby in a comfortable and non-clinical environment. We know how important this time is for you so if you have any questions regarding our services, don’t hesitate to ask.

When is the best time for my scan?

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We are extremely proud of our 99.9% gender accuracy from 16 weeks. Before this time gender determination is not possible. Between the weeks of 22 – 25 we can see all of baby in 4D however their features are not always clear.
We suggest the best time to come for your 4D scan is between 26 – 30 weeks when baby has started to lay down plenty of fat, making their facial features clearer and allowing us to get some fantastic 3D/4D images.

I don’t want to know my baby’s sex, can I still have a scan?

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Of course! The important thing is to let us know on the day if you don’t want to know and our sonographer and scan buddy will tell you when to close your eyes. In the situation where only one parent wants to know we will simply write it down and put it in an envelope for when they want to look.

Can I bring family and friends?

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Yes please do! We want this experience to be something all the family can enjoy so you may an additional 5 guests on the day (not including yourself and partner).

What is a 4D baby scan?

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3D Scans show still images of your baby in three dimensions where 4D scans show moving 3D imagery of your baby. When you find out your pregnant the prospect of your first scan is both exciting and a little nerve wracking however many mums to be find the standard 2D scans to be a little disappointing as you are limited to what you can see.

4D Scans allow you to meet your baby and see all their little features before they arrive into the world. From ears to nose to their tiny fingers and toes the experience is something extremely special that you and the whole family can treasure.

Can ultrasound hurt my baby?

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This is something that has been asked numerous times by expectant Mums and the answer is NO. Despite extensive studies in recent years, ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mum or baby. Ultrasound scans have been used in pregnancy for decades and this works on the exact same principles as your 2D hospital scan with the software creating the 4D image. Our sonographers carrying out your scans will always follow the correct guidelines to ensure the safety of you and baby.

What if you find a problem?

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For the first part of your scan we will carry out a basic wellbeing check of your baby to determine their position and placenta position as standard. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified so in the unlikely event that there is a problem you are in good hands. They will explain any concerns to you and ensure that you are then referred back to your midwife or local neonatal unit.

What if you can't get a scan of my baby or the images aren't very good?

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We will always make every effort during the scan to get clear images of your baby, however ultimately the decision is down to them. If for any reason, we are unable to do your scan at your appointment time we may encourage you to go for a walk and have glass of cold water to try get baby moving around. If this still doesn’t work, we will rearrange your appointment and try again.

What do I need to do before my scan?

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As we always want to get the best images for you when you have your scan with us we have put a few handy tips together to get baby in the right position on the day.
- To keep you hydrated, please aim to drink an extra 2 glasses of water per day on the week leading up to your scan.
- Also try to find some time each day to relax and gently stroke and massage your bump, it can also help to listen to some soothing music whilst doing so. However please try not to prod and poke baby as most don’t like it!
- On the day of your scan we do suggest having a snack a couple of hours before you are due to arrive with us.
- It does help if you arrive a little early, have some water and a little walk just to try and wake baby up for us.
- Please bring your hospital notes with you to every scan, as we cannot scan you without them.

Tips before your gender scan

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Please ensure that you are at least 16 weeks before coming for your gender scan with us, as sexing is not possible before this time. It is also helpful for you to come with a full bladder so we can get the best view of your baby.

I’m having twins or multiple babies, do I have to pay more?

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Yes, due to the extra time and effort it takes for our sonographers to determine the gender and to ensure we get the best 3D & 4D imagery of your babies there is a small £25 surcharge.

Will I need to drink a lot of water?

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We do suggest for you to eat and drink as normal, however if you are coming for a gender scan with us a full bladder does really help. On the week running up to your scan it is also useful to drink an extra 2 glasses of water per day to keep mum hydrated and again help to achieve better results.

How long will my appointment last?

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Our appointments typically last around 45 minutes, from you entering the studio, to the scan room to finally selecting your images. However, this is all be dependent on baby, as we do aim to get the best imagery for you it can take a little longer if baby is in a difficult position on the day.