How Does an Ultrasound Work?
Updated: May 4
Are you pregnant and uncertain about what to do next? Receiving an ultrasound scan is your next best step to confirm your pregnancy and answer many of your questions. The information it provides will help you move forward with your pregnancy decision. Continue reading to learn what an ultrasound is, how it works, and what to expect.
Why Do I Need One?
While a positive pregnancy test can indicate you’re pregnant, an ultrasound provides critical details. It accurately confirms your pregnancy and reveals information you need to know when considering all your options, including abortion.
An ultrasound helps to confirm:
How far along you are, known as the gestation age
That your pregnancy is located within your uterus
If your pregnancy is viable with a detectable heartbeat
Many women experience ectopic pregnancy, when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus in a fallopian tube or another area. This is dangerous if left undetected, especially if receiving an abortion. An ultrasound will also alert you to any other pregnancy complications.
What To Expect
Ultrasounds have a neat ability to take pictures of the uterus using high-frequency sound waves. The ultrasound tech slides a handheld device called a transducer over gel spread on your stomach. This device then sends sound waves into your body and receives the echoes that bounce back, creating images on a screen. While usually pain-free, you could experience discomfort from the pressure of the transducer if you have any existing abdominal pain or tenderness.
When Should I Get An Ultrasound?
Typically, women have their first ultrasound to confirm their pregnancy during the first trimester, around six weeks. This ultrasound provides all necessary pregnancy details to begin looking into available pregnancy options.
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