An ultrasound is a simple scan that uses sound waves to create a picture of what’s happening inside your body.
During pregnancy, ultrasound reveals key details about your pregnancy that can help keep you safe. This scan is considered safe during pregnancy since it doesn’t use radiation like an X-ray.
Learn more about how an ultrasound works and why it’s an essential first step during pregnancy. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy options or are looking for free resources, contact Choose Hope Women’s Center today to be connected to one of our caring team members. All appointments and resources are free and confidential.
What You Need to Know About an Ultrasound
A pregnancy ultrasound can happen in one of two ways: transvaginally or abdominally.
A transvaginal ultrasound is used early in pregnancy because it provides a clearer picture of what’s happening in your uterus. The transducer (the wand-like part of the ultrasound machine) is placed gently inside your vagina during a transvaginal ultrasound.
During an abdominal ultrasound, used later in pregnancy, the transducer is moved along your abdomen.
You can see your pregnancy on the ultrasound screen during both types of ultrasound.
How Does an Ultrasound Protect My Health?
No matter what pregnancy decision you’re considering, an ultrasound is a vital step that can help protect your health. An ultrasound can reveal the following critical details about your pregnancy:
- Age. Period trackers and the estimated date of conception alone aren’t enough to determine the age of your pregnancy. An ultrasound will take measurements that can more accurately determine your pregnancy’s age. This is essential if you’re considering an option like the abortion pill since these drugs are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is under 10 weeks gestation.
- Location. Most pregnancies develop in the uterus. But sometimes, the embryo attaches and grows outside the uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy. It’s a life-threatening emergency that needs immediate medical treatment.
- Viability. Roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and it’s possible to experience one without any immediate symptoms. An ultrasound will look for signs of life and help rule out miscarriage.
You’re Not Alone
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. We’re here for you at Choose Hope Women’s Center. We offer free and confidential pregnancy resources—including ultrasounds—that can help you feel supported to make an informed decision about how to move forward.
Contact us today to schedule your free appointment with one of our caring team members.