At a glance
A pregnancy follow up scan is performed after pregnancy or miscarriage to check for the presence of fetal tissue.
- No GP referral required
- Scan not routinely available on the NHS
- Same or next day booking
- Weekday, Thursday evening or Saturday clinics
- Convenient central London location
You will receive
- Expert care and advice from a highly experienced sonographer or consultant
What happens with your results?
If fetal tissue is found during the scan, the sonographer or consultant will discuss the most appropriate options with you.
What is it?
A pregnancy follow-up scan is performed after pregnancy or miscarriage, it is also known as a post partum scan.
The scan detects if there is any fetal tissue remaining in the womb and is recommended if you’ve had any bleeding in the weeks after your baby is born or after a miscarriage.
The bleeding may be caused if your placenta has not been delivered completely or if you’ve had an incomplete miscarriage and some tissues remain in your womb.
What happens during a pregnancy follow-up scan?
The sonographer or consultant will normally perform the scan internally and will check for any remaining tissue left in your womb. There are no risks with the scan and it is not painful. If any fetal tissue is revealed during the scan the sonographer or consultant may suggest one of the following options:
- Expectant management – letting nature take its course and allowing the pregnancy to leave the body naturally without intervention.
- Dilation and curettage (D&C) – a procedure to remove the remaining tissue. Your GP can refer you for this procedure or we can recommend a private practitioner.
What happens during a D&C?
A D&C is carried out to remove the lining of your womb after a miscarriage.
During the procedure your cervix is stretched to make it wider and a surgical instrument called a curette is inserted.This is used to gently scrape away the lining of your womb. A sample of your womb lining may be sent to a laboratory so that the cells can be checked.