Did you get a positive result on your pregnancy test? If so, your next step will be to have an ultrasound. A positive test doesn’t mean you have all the information you need. An ultrasound will give you answers to questions that will help you make your next decision.
What Is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound works by using high-frequency sound waves to generate an image inside your uterus. Our on-site physician will perform the ultrasound scan by applying a gel to your stomach and then rubbing an instrument called a transducer over the gel. The transducer picks up the sound waves and generates an image on a computer screen.
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound?
You need an ultrasound in order to determine the health and condition of the pregnancy. In addition, you will learn how far along you are, as well as the location. An ultrasound is necessary in order to answer the following questions:
Is the Pregnancy Viable?
Viability means a heartbeat is detected. Often, women experience a miscarriage before they even realize they are pregnant. In fact, 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. You will know if you have miscarried based on whether the ultrasound locates a heartbeat or not.
What is the Gestational Age?
Learning the gestational age will tell you how far along you are in your pregnancy. An ultrasound gives you an exact date of conception and an estimate of your due date.
Do I Need to Know the Location of the Pregnancy?
Yes! Absolutely. Sometimes the embryo implants somewhere other than in the uterus. While rare, it can happen. A pregnancy outside of the uterus in called an ectopic pregnancy. It poses serious health risks to you. If the ultrasound reveals an ectopic pregnancy, you will need to seek medical attention immediately.
When Should I Get an Ultrasound?
If you receive a positive pregnancy test at Life Choices Center, we’ll provide a referral for a free, onsite ultrasound with a physician. This will provide more information and a clearer picture of your pregnancy. It helps if you are a little farther along.
Contact us today to schedule a free appointment for your ultrasound and get the information you need to make an educated choice. We’re here for you!