What is anomaly scan

A mid-pregnancy scan commonly referred to as an anomaly scan or a 20-week scan, is often performed when a woman is between 18 and 21 weeks pregnant. This is a part of your antenatal care and provides a side view of the infant in a 2D, monochrome image.

What is anomaly scan

This in-depth ultrasound scan examines the movement of the baby and allows you to have a closer look at your unborn child and your womb (uterus). This helps in timely intervention.

It is entirely up to you whether you choose to have the scan or not. However, it can be a lovely and thrilling experience for the parents to see the foetus. It is usually an opportunity  for you to have a glimpse of your baby’s face for the first time.

What is the baby’s position for anomaly scan

Baby’s position in anomaly scan is a crucial factor to consider. The sonographer requires the baby to be in the ideal position to get a proper view.

For example, the baby should be in a lateral position in anomaly scan to get a good view of the four chambers in the heart. Likewise, to examine the face, hands and the development of other parts of the body, the baby must be in a certain suitable position.

What is the baby’s position for anomaly scan

It becomes difficult for the sonographer to capture the baby is stubborn and idle. At times like these, the scan would be postponed until the baby becomes active.

How do I change my baby’s position for anomaly scan?

If you are an awaiting mother, and have a stubborn child who makes it difficult for everyone in the scan room? Then your most asked question would be ‘how to change my baby’s position in anomaly scan’.

However there is no one particular answer that would fit all the mothers. It is different for each child-mother duo. Here are some of the ways you can try to make your baby ready for the scan.

A quick walk – A just 10 to 15 minutes walk can do wonders to the baby prior to a scan. It can make the baby very lively and energetic and would definitely help in changing your baby’s position for anomaly scan.

wonders to the baby prior to a scan

Baby’s favourite food –  There would definitely be a food code between you and your baby. You must have noticed your baby going hyper to certain foods. Maybe try eating that to kindle your baby. Most popularly; chocolate, orange juice but can be anything specific between you both.

Gentle touch – Caressing your belly can be one of the finest solutions to bring mobility to your baby. This is under the simple logic that continuous caressing of the mother would make the baby long for the maternal touch more inturn making the baby active.

Poking to the rescue –  If none of the above or everything else that you have tried fails, the last resort would be to physically arouse the baby by poking the belly gently and moving the baby according to the desired position

What should I do before anomaly scan?

Unlike other scans, there is not much of a preparation for the anomaly scan. You can be comfortable in your own way. Importantly, there is no need for fasting and a full bladder is also not a necessity, since the baby is now a little grown up.

You can eat at your pleasure and drink. Furthermore, make sure you do not empty your bladder just sometime before your scan as the visuals are more clear with the presence of fluids.


Apart from which, as already discussed, prepare yourself to battle with your child if you have a stubborn one who objects to move.

Otherwise, you are good to go. And also, on a happy note, prepare yourself to witness your little one’s movement for the first time.

Does anomaly scan hurt baby?

The answer is a clear cut no. The scan does not hurt the baby and the mother or even poses any risk. There are numerous studies that back up this claim.

The only possible uncomfortable thing could be your sonographer giving a slight pressure for a proper result or moving the baby’s position for the anomaly scan.

Even in this case, the uncomfortableness would be felt by the mother and not deeply by the baby. So, no worries.

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