Guest post by Junou.
Are you having a first pregnancy ultrasound? What an exciting milestone in your pregnancy. Here is what you should expect to happen during the first ever ultrasound in pregnancy.
At your first pregnancy ultrasound, a technician will use ultrasound equipment to take internal images of your fetus. These images will help determine the age of the fetus, the gender, and when you should expect the birth of your child. Your technician may use these pictures to detect any problems with the fetus. Usually, pregnant women have their first ultrasound at 16 to 20 weeks, yet some have when they are four to five weeks pregnant.
Many pregnant women are concerned about their first pregnancy ultrasound. “Will the ultrasound waves harm the baby?” is just one question that to-be mothers (and fathers) ask.
Are Pregnancy Ultrasounds Harmful?
Unlike X-ray tests, ultrasound does not utilize radiation. Many studies confirm that pregnancy ultrasounds do not harm you or your baby. Despite the fact that pregnancy ultrasounds are not dangerous, doctors recommend that you don’t take them just for fun.
How to Prepare for the First Pregnancy Ultrasound
The ultrasound technician will most likely ask you to drink four 8-ounce glasses of water a few hours before your pregnancy ultrasound examination. Once you arrive at the area where you will take your ultrasound, the technician will likely give you a questionnaire to fill out.
In the examination room, the technician may ask you to change into a gown. If not, the ultrasound technician may ask you to lower your pants and lift your shirt to expose your stomach. The technician will spread a jelly fluid onto your exposed belly. The jelly fluid will improve the quality of the images.
What Information is Gathered from the First Ultrasound
The first thing your technician will do is check your baby’s heartbeat. The ultrasound technician will determine if the baby’s heartbeat is normal. He or she will also be able to tell you the baby’s heart rate.
Your technicians will use the results from the pregnancy ultrasound to detect the location of your baby. By confirming the location of the fetus, he or she will make sure your pregnancy isn’t ectopic.
By looking at the images, the technician will determine the baby’s size. He or she will also check for any abnormalities. If needed, the technician will give you a new due date that reflects the current size of the baby. The technician will schedule further ultrasounds if he or she is concerned about your baby’s growth. If you want to know, the technician will also tell you the baby’s gender.
Although it may seem complicated, in truth, pregnancy ultrasounds are very simple and safe. Some women look forward to their first pregnancy ultrasound to obtain the first picture of their baby or to find out the sex of the child.
Special thanks to my guest writer:
Junou is a full-time certified ultrasound technician who works not only with expectant mothers but with a wide variety of other patients as well. He stresses the importance of speaking to your technician about any of your concerns before your exam begins. Your technician will be glad to help alleviate your fears!