One thing we recommend to every pregnant woman who visits our center is that they make an appointment to get an obstetric ultrasound at a doctor’s office or clinic. But what makes an ultrasound so important? Keep reading to see why ultrasounds are vital for every pregnancy.
The Importance of Ultrasounds
You might think that a pregnancy test is the only thing you need in order to confirm your pregnancy. While a pregnancy test can tell you whether or not you are pregnant, it doesn’t give you much information about your pregnancy. In contrast, an ultrasound gives you some very important information that a pregnancy test cannot provide.
Here are some of the things you can only learn with an ultrasound:
Whether Your Pregnancy is Viable
It’s an unfortunate fact that not every pregnancy is destined for birth. In some cases a woman can have what’s known as an ectopic or tubal pregnancy, where the fertilized egg gets stuck in the fallopian tubes instead of traveling into the uterus for implantation. Unlike a regular pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy isn’t viable, and it can actually be a major threat to the mother’s life if left unchecked. Only an ultrasound can tell you whether you’re experiencing this condition.
How Old Your Pregnancy Is
Another thing we can learn via ultrasound is how old your pregnancy is. By estimating the size and level of development of the baby, doctors can get an excellent sense of approximately when you conceived and when you are due.
This information is vital for many reasons. Having an accurate conception and due date allows you to:
- Make plans for giving birth
- Know who the father is (in cases where you may have had more than one partner)
- Know what to expect in terms of pregnancy symptoms and side effects
- Understand the different abortion procedures available to you
Again, only an ultrasound can give you this information – taking a pregnancy test won’t tell you when you conceived or when you will give birth.
If the Baby is Healthy
An ultrasound is the best way to tell if your unborn baby is healthy before you give birth. Because an ultrasound can detect the baby’s heartbeat, it can tell if there are any irregularities or problems that would require medical intervention or follow up. Later in your pregnancy, ultrasounds can also provide an image of your growing baby and help diagnose any issues.
How Many Babies to Expect
There is always a possibility when you get pregnant that you could be carrying twins or even triplets. An ultrasound can detect how many babies you are carrying by detecting the number of heartbeats. In contrast, a pregnancy test cannot tell you how many babies to expect, just whether or not you’re pregnant.
Where to Get an Ultrasound
Ultrasounds are available at almost every obstetrician and prenatal doctor’s office. However, their services can be expensive. A better alternative is to call our pregnancy clinic and get a free limited obstetric ultrasound along with your free pregnancy test. When you confirm your pregnancy with Calaveras Door of Hope, we’ll schedule an appointment for your completely free and confidential limited ultrasound.
Our pregnancy center is dedicated to helping you through every step of your pregnancy. Call (209) 736-9600 today to make an appointment and learn more about the many free services we offer.