An ultrasound scan is a safe procedure utilizing sound waves to create visuals of the internal workings of your body. It is particularly crucial for pregnant women, as it plays a significant role in ensuring both your health and safety.

Continue reading to discover more about the ultrasound process and its importance during pregnancy. Are you in search of a free ultrasound? Would you like to have a face-to-face discussion regarding your pregnancy? Reach out to First Look Pregnancy Center now to arrange a no-cost, private meeting with our compassionate team.

Types Of Ultrasounds

There are two main types of ultrasounds for pregnancy: transvaginal and abdominal. Both use a device called a transducer to send sound waves into your body. In a transvaginal ultrasound, the device is put inside the vagina, and for an abdominal ultrasound, it’s moved over the belly.

At an ultrasound appointment, the technician will either move the transducer over your belly or insert it into your vagina to check on the pregnancy. They will look for important details like where the baby is and if there is a heartbeat. You can watch the screen to see images of your baby.

Why Is It Important?

An ultrasound provides crucial details about your pregnancy to ensure your safety. It can show:

  • Where your pregnancy is located. This is key to detecting an ectopic pregnancy, which is dangerous and happens when the pregnancy is outside the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy can cause severe damage and requires immediate medical attention.
  • How old your pregnancy is. Knowing the age of your pregnancy is important for planning your next steps. For instance, if you’re thinking about using the abortion pill, it’s approved for use only if the pregnancy is less than 10 weeks old. Our ultrasounds can check for a fetal heartbeat and confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus, but your doctor will need to determine the exact age. We can give you an estimated age based on the first day of your last menstrual period.
  • Whether your pregnancy is viable. About 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can spot a heartbeat and help confirm that the pregnancy is progressing as expected.

Get Pregnancy Services Free

First Look Pregnancy Center offers pregnancy services free to you. After completing a pregnancy test, we’ll schedule you for a limited ultrasound to get you the key details of your pregnancy.

Contact us today to make an appointment.