If your pregnancy test result was positive, your next step is getting a limited obstetrical ultrasound. There is crucial information about your pregnancy that only an ultrasound can give you. At the Pregnancy Resource Center, our ultrasounds are provided at no charge to you.
How An Ultrasound Works
It may sound impossible, but an ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images from your uterus. When you come to us, a registered sonographer will administer the ultrasound and a radiologist will review the results.
The sonographer will put a gel-like substance on your stomach. Then, an instrument called a transducer is rubbed over the gel. It records the echoes of the sound waves that bounce back. You cannot hear the sound waves, but you can view the image it creates on a computer screen.
Why You Need An Ultrasound
A pregnancy test alone will not give you the information you need about your pregnancy. Ultrasound confirms the pregnancy and also reveals how far along you are, where the pregnancy is located, and if the embryo is continuing to grow.
Finding Out If The Embryo Is Growing
Approximately 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage and usually occur early in a pregnancy. Because they can happen before a woman is even aware she is pregnant, it is possible to receive a positive pregnancy test even if you have miscarried.
An ultrasound can tell whether the pregnancy is growing or not. A fetal heart begins beating by six weeks and can be clearly seen by 7 weeks. The heartbeat will tell you if the pregnancy is developing.
Determining How Far Along You Are
All normal pregnancies develop at the same rate. After six weeks, an ultrasound reveals the size of the fetus. Therefore the sonographer can estimate its gestational age. You will know when you most likely got pregnant and a due date.
Knowing Where The Pregnancy Is Located
Sometimes the embryo implants somewhere other than in the uterus. This is called an ectopic or tubal pregnancy. If your pregnancy is ectopic, you need to seek emergency medical care immediately to ensure your health is not at risk.
As you see, just taking a pregnancy test will not give you all the information you need. Since we offer confidential ultrasound at no cost to you, schedule your appointment today. We want you to have as much information as possible so you can make an empowered decision about your pregnancy.