Ultrasounds can be both the scariest and most exciting parts of your pregnancy and prenatal care visits. This excitement of seeing your baby for the first time is often accompanied by fear of what the exam might reveal. But this worrying is very normal, just another sign that you’re now a mother. Learning what each of your ultrasounds are for and how they are performed will help ease your worry and enjoy the experience.
Why would I need an ultrasound during my first trimester of pregnancy?
Many practitioners routinely recommend an ultrasound during the first 6 to 9 weeks to confirm, date the pregnancy and predict an approximate due date. Your baby’s heartbeat should be clearly visible by the sixth week and if you can see the heartbeat by the seventh week, then your chances of continuing the pregnancy to term increase by 97 percent. However, if you can’t see the heartbeat, don’t panic! This simply means that your menstrual cycle is longer than average, and your baby is probably younger than the practitioner predicted.
What will I learn during my mid-pregnancy ultrasounds?
This second pregnancy ultrasound typically occurs between 16 to 20 weeks into your pregnancy. It is often one of the most exciting times because you learn about and can see your baby more clearly.
This ultrasound will:
- Check your baby’s heartbeat
- Measure your baby’s size
- Assess your baby’s basic anatomy
- And find out the sex of your baby!
Why would I need a third-trimester ultrasound?
There are many common reasons your practitioner might order a third-trimester ultrasound at the end of your pregnancy. Talk with with doctor and find out if they are concerned about one of the following issues:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Baby’s growth and development
- Checking amniotic fluid level
- Determining if a cesarean section is needed
At Contemporary Women’s Care our office offers 3D 4D ultrasound, commonly known as 3D ultrasound, to capture your beautiful and incredible baby during his or her journey. Every pregnant patient at Contemporary Women’s Care has the opportunity to take advantage of this special ultrasound. Contact us today to make your appointment!