Do I Need An Ultrasound?
Yes! An ultrasound is the only way to confirm your pregnancy options. It will confirm three important details of your pregnancy, including:
- Viability (If your pregnancy is healthy and growing)
- The location of your pregnancy (whether it’s growing within the uterus or not)
- How far along you are (gestational age)
As abortion may be something you’re considering, an ultrasound is essential to date your pregnancy, as medical abortions are only recommended by the FDA for pregnancy through 70 days gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period).
An ultrasound will also alert you to any possible pregnancy complications like miscarriage or a possible ectopic pregnancy (where the pregnancy grows outside of the uterus).
How Does An Ultrasound Work?
Ultrasound exams use high-frequency sound waves to look inside a woman’s body. Because the sound is such at a high frequency, it cannot be heard with the human ear.
These sound waves are directed at the internal body from a small vibrating crystal in a hand-held scanner called a “transducer.” The scanner reflects the sound (echoes) to create an image.
Ultrasounds are typically scheduled two weeks after your positive test appointment at our center.
Q: Does ultrasound cause any damage?
There have been countless investigations by numerous research groups to identify any harm ultrasound may cause, yet there has never been any evidence to support that it causes harm to either the baby or the mother.
Q: How many ultrasounds can I receive?
At Heartbeats, we provide ultrasound services to expectant mothers in their 1st trimester. Contact us today to learn more about our limitations.
Q: Will Heartbeats offer an ultrasound later in my pregnancy?
There are many reasons ultrasound is used later in pregnancy, usually to see if the pregnancy is continuing normally and to check the baby’s health and prognosis. Heartbeats typically doesn’t offer an ultrasound after 12 weeks.
Q: Can I get an ultrasound at either Heartbeats location?
Yes! However, you may only schedule an ultrasound consult if you have first had a pregnancy test in our office.
Schedule Your Appointment
Before getting an ultrasound at our center, schedule a free pregnancy test appointment to confirm your home pregnancy test results. Once confirmed, we offer a free ultrasound to determine your options.
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