Many women don’t realize once they receive a positive pregnancy test, the next step is to get an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy, protect their health, and provide them with information on their options. We welcome you to learn more about ultrasounds by reading below and reaching out to us with any questions you may have.
Ultrasounds Protect You
This imaging helps detect whether a pregnancy complication, such as an ectopic pregnancy, is present. The Mayo Clinic states an ectopic pregnancy occurs when a “fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus.” This pregnancy complication can become life-threatening if not medically monitored and treated.
Ultrasound imaging helps alert medical professionals to this condition even before signs and symptoms occur. Having this simple imaging done can go a long way in protecting your health and safety.
Ultrasounds Give You Your Options
More than protecting your wellness, ultrasounds also help provide more information on pregnancy so that you can understand what options are available to you. Some information provided is the viability of the pregnancy and how many gestational weeks the pregnancy is.
The reason for checking the viability of your pregnancy is to determine whether it has ended in miscarriage. This is a relatively common experience, occurring in about 10-20% of known pregnancies. While not usually due to anything the woman has done, it can be a emotional experience.
Sometimes this pregnancy loss can be silent and not produce signs or symptoms. An ultrasound will be able to clarify if there is a heartbeat present. Suppose no heartbeat is detected after a certain number of weeks, and the pregnancy is confirmed to have been miscarried. In that case, medical professionals should help you monitor your health as your body naturally passes the pregnancy to ensure complications do not arise.
If the pregnancy is viable, knowing how far along it has progressed will be useful for understanding your options. For example, the Mayo Clinic states after a certain number of weeks, medical abortion is not recommended. Understanding what options you have to choose from is important.
Ultrasounds are Free
Our facility offers free, confidential ultrasounds that give you this vital information. We welcome you to make an appointment to see if you’re eligible for a free ultrasound now, to get the answers you need to plan your next step!