After a positive pregnancy test, a follow up ultrasound exam is sometimes recommended. This exam is a quick and painless opportunity for you to learn important and necessary details about your pregnancy.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a scan that uses high frequency radio waves to view important details inside the human body. In the case of pregnancy, the wand that emits the radio waves is placed on the outside of your abdomen and sends images of your uterus and its contents to a screen monitor. The registered nurse trained in limited OB ultrasound reviews the images to learn much-needed information about your pregnancy.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
The information an ultrasound can provide includes things like location of your pregnancy as well as how far into your pregnancy you are.
One of the first things the nurse will check is the location of your pregnancy. In rare cases, a fertilized egg attaches to a fallopian tube rather than in the uterus where a healthy pregnancy occurs. When the egg attaches to the fallopian tube it is called an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy can be a dangerous medical emergency and requires immediate intervention to protect the health of the woman.
After confirming the egg is properly attached to the uterus, the nurse will use the ultrasound to take measurements. These measurements will allow you to find out the gestational age of your pregnancy. Knowing how far along you are will give you important info regarding what options you have for your pregnancy.
You deserve to be informed about your pregnancy.
An ultrasound will give you the facts you need to know about your pregnancy to make an informed decision.
It’s your body and your future, so you deserve to know all the options you have.
With the results from your ultrasound, the staff and nurses at Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center can give you the facts you need to know, answer your questions, and listen to your concerns—empowering you to make the best decision for yourself.
If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, contact the team at Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center today to schedule your no-cost appointment.