The main reason you should get an ultrasound is simply to see how far along you are in your pregnancy. With this safe and accurate procedure you will also be able to detect the fetal heartbeat and approximate due date. One of the most exciting services we offer at Pregnancy Help Center is a FREE ultrasound exam.
WHY SHOULD I GET AN ULTRASOUND?
- Confirm pregnancy
- Detect the fetal heartbeat
- Determine the age of the baby and due date
- Pinpoint the location of the pregnancy (normal or ectopic pregnancy)
WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND?
An ultrasound is simply a method of creating an image with the use of high frequency sound waves, so high they cannot be heard by human ears. The sound waves bounce back to the ultrasound equipment to form the image on a monitor. The procedure is totally safe and painless for both you and your baby.
ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND EXAM
At the Pregnancy Help Center, you may receive a FREE limited ultrasound exam in which our nurse sonographer will pass a wand over your belly to transmit the image to the ultrasound monitor. During the exam, if the nurse feels it’s necessary, she will ask permission to do a transvaginal ultrasound exam.
TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND EXAM
Transvaginal ultrasounds at our clinic are also performed by the nurse sonographer. According to the Mayo Clinic, “A transvaginal ultrasound allows your doctor (or nurse sonographer) to see the exact location of your pregnancy. For this test, a wand-like device is placed into your vagina. It uses sound waves to create images of your uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, and sends the pictures to a nearby monitor.” 1
A SAFE AND HEALTHY PREGNANCY
One very important reason you should get an ultrasound is to determine the location of the pregnancy. If the pregnancy is not in the right place there could be a problem. According to Mayo Clinic, “An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus. Pregnancy begins with a fertilized egg. Normally, the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy most often occurs in a fallopian tube, which carries eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. This type of ectopic pregnancy is called a tubal pregnancy.” 2
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AN ULTRASOUND?
It is a good idea to wear loose fitting clothes for easy access to your abdomen when you come to Pregnancy Help Center to have your FREE ultrasound. It is recommended that you drink plenty of liquids (water) and try to not empty your bladder before the procedure. A full bladder makes it easier for the baby to be seen.
The ultrasound is given after the pregnancy is confirmed and your pregnancy has advanced. If the ultrasound is given too early in the pregnancy the image of the baby will not be defined.
FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL
A great starting point may be for you to make an appointment for your ultrasound—it’s FREE and confidential and our caring staff can answer any question you may have. Before your ultrasound you will meet with one of our advocates to go over your medical history and discuss all of your concerns. At Pregnancy Help Center we are here to help you with your pregnancy.
You should see an OB/GYN if you experience the following:
- Lower back pain
- Any kind of vaginal bleeding
- Any persistent headaches that do not resolve with Tylenol