An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the body’s internal structures. This technology is critical in pregnancy, providing essential insights into the fetus’s growth and development within the uterus.

Understanding how an ultrasound functions and why it is significant during pregnancy is crucial for pregnant women.

Ultrasounds During Pregnancy

Ultrasounds are essential in confirming pregnancies. While a positive pregnancy test is an initial indicator, an ultrasound provides further confirmation of the pregnancy’s viability by detecting signs of life, like a heartbeat.

There are two main types of ultrasounds used during pregnancy: transvaginal and abdominal. Both use a device called a transducer, which looks like a wand, to create images of the fetus.

In early pregnancy, a transvaginal ultrasound is usually performed by inserting the transducer into the vagina. An abdominal ultrasound is done by moving the transducer over the abdomen.

Unlocking Key Details

Ultrasounds give women three key details about their pregnancies. 

  1. Age: Knowing how far along you are is important to unlock which pregnancy options are available to you.
  2. Location: In rare cases, some women have what is known as an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the embryo implants outside the uterus. It poses a serious health risk and requires immediate medical attention.
  3. Viability: With 26% of pregnancies ending in miscarriage, an ultrasound can detect these occurrences. This often requires follow-up care from a healthcare provider that an abortion wouldn’t resolve.

Get A Free Ultrasound

Hope of the Delta is a medical facility that employs licensed medical staff. All our staff and volunteers are highly trained, and you can trust our ability to provide competent care and resources.

You could qualify for a free ultrasound if you receive a positive pregnancy result.

Contact us today to set up a confidential appointment.