What Is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce a picture of the inside of your uterus. A trained medical professional will apply a gel substance to your abdomen and rub an instrument called a transducer through the gel. Ultrasounds are painless.
From the echoes of the sound waves, an image forms on a computer screen, and the medical professional will point out what you’re seeing. In addition, they listen for a detectable heartbeat to confirm your pregnancy is viable.
Do I Need An Ultrasound?
Yes, we always recommend women receive an ultrasound. The Mayo Clinic reports up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. You can still get a positive result on a pregnancy test and no longer be pregnant for days or even weeks following a miscarriage. An ultrasound can answer 3 important questions.
Is My Pregnancy Viable?
An ultrasound scan can determine if your pregnancy is growing with a detectable heartbeat or if you have miscarried.
How Far Along Am I?
An ultrasound will disclose an estimated due date. Knowing the gestational age (how many weeks you’ve been pregnant) is critical, especially if you are considering abortion.
Is the pregnancy located in the uterus?
Although rare, some pregnancies develop outside the uterus. This pregnancy is known as ectopic. This type of pregnancy is extremely dangerous and can even be fatal. It’s vital to see a doctor if you are experiencing any ectopic pregnancy symptoms.
Know Your Options
We offer no-cost ultrasounds and pregnancy consultations. Once you have the information you need regarding your pregnancy, it’s time to take a closer look at your options.
Our compassionate client advocates are here to discuss all your options so you can make a well-informed decision. We are here to help you find your next steps in your pregnancy journey. We know an unplanned pregnancy is not easy, but you are not alone.