Ultrasound has the power to tell you more in-depth information about your pregnancy and the state of your pregnancy. It’s a vital step to take before deciding what to do next.
What Is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound uses the echoes of high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your uterus. A sonographer puts a gel-like substance on your abdomen. Then, a device called a transducer is rubbed over the gel on your stomach.
The sound waves the transducer picks up are converted into images on a screen for the sonographer to review. They can tell you the specific details of your pregnancy.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
Before you make a decision about your pregnancy, you should know three important facts first:
- The location of your pregnancy. If you have an ectopic pregnancy (also called a tubal pregnancy), the pregnancy develops in the fallopian tube and can become life-threatening to you. A positive pregnancy test won’t tell you whether your pregnancy is ectopic or in the uterus—only an ultrasound can, which is what makes it so vital.
- Is your pregnancy viable, meaning likely to carry to term? An ultrasound can identify a fetal heartbeat and heart rate. If a heart rate and beat cannot be verified, the pregnancy may not be viable. One of every three known pregnancies ends in miscarriage.
- How far along are you in your pregnancy? You’ll want to know how many weeks pregnant you are before deciding what to do next. Accurate ultrasound measurements provide you with this information.
What are my next steps?
If you’ve had a positive pregnancy test, your next best step is to schedule an ultrasound to verify your pregnancy. Schedule today for a free and confidential appointment.
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