One of the most exciting services we offer is a free Limited Obstetric Ultrasound. 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, determine the baby’s age and approximate due date.

WHY SHOULD I GET AN ULTRASOUND?

  • Confirm pregnancy
  • Detect the fetal heartbeat (viability)
  • Determine the gestational age of the baby and due date (how many weeks pregnant)
  • Pinpoint the location of the pregnancy (normal intrauterine 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.

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 MedLinePlus.gov, “An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb (uterus). It may be fatal to the mother.” 1

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 have your limited 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 with a pregnancy test and your pregnancy has advanced to at least eight weeks.  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 limited ultrasound—it’s free and confidential and our caring staff can answer any question you may have. We are here to help you with your pregnancy.

*Our limited obstetric ultrasounds are not considered an alternative to prenatal care with your OB/GYN.

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1 – https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000895.htm