pregnant woman curious about how an ultrasound work

Ultrasound is a simple scan that uses sound waves to create an image of your internal structures. 

During pregnancy, ultrasound reveals essential details about your pregnancy that can help keep you healthy. This scan is considered safe during pregnancy since it doesn’t use radiation like an X-ray or CT scan.

Read on to learn more about how an ultrasound works and why it’s an essential first step during pregnancy. 

What You Need to Know About an Ultrasound

During pregnancy, ultrasound can be performed in one of two ways: transvaginally or abdominally. 

A transvaginal ultrasound is used early in pregnancy because it provides a clearer picture of your uterus. This is a more invasive option since the transducer (the wand-like part of the ultrasound machine) is placed gently inside your vagina.

During an abdominal ultrasound, which is used later in pregnancy, the transducer is moved along your abdomen. This is a non-invasive option.

During both types of ultrasound, you will be able to see your pregnancy on the ultrasound screen.

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 will tell you the following details about your pregnancy:

  • Gestational Age. Period trackers and the estimated date of conception alone aren’t enough to determine the age of your pregnancy. An ultrasound takes measurements that can more accurately determine your pregnancy’s gestational 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 rarely, the embryo attaches and grows outside the uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy, and 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.

At Assure Women’s Center, we offer free, limited ultrasounds, because we believe that you deserve to have the information you need to stay safe.

You’re Not Alone

You don’t have to navigate an unexpected pregnancy alone. At Assure Women’s Center, we’re here for you.

Contact us today to learn how we’re here to help.


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