Everyone reacts differently to the news they are pregnant. For some, it is a cause for celebration or a relief after a long struggle. For others, it could be a huge shift that comes at exactly the wrong time. But no matter how you feel about your pregnancy, one thing is certain – once you have a positive pregnancy test result, you need to get an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy is viable. For more information, contact Informed Choices today.
Why Are Ultrasounds So Important?
Because of movies, TV shows, and social media, people often have misconceptions about what ultrasounds do. It’s easy to think that an ultrasound is just a way to get pictures of your growing baby, find out the gender, or “meet” them for the first time. If you are considering an abortion, it can be easy to think that an ultrasound isn’t necessary.
However, this image isn’t complete. While ultrasounds do show pictures of the developing baby for parents and friends to marvel at, they also serve as one of the safest and best ways to get essential information about your pregnancy.
What An Ultrasound Can Tell You
Ultrasounds give parents and providers a lot of useful information. Some of the most important things an ultrasound can tell you are:
If You’re Still Pregnant
An early pregnancy test will detect pregnancy hormones in your body when you are more than a few weeks pregnant. However, as many as a third of pregnancies end in early miscarriage (the majority of them are during the first trimester). That means that, even if you have a positive pregnancy test, you might not still be pregnant. An ultrasound can detect even a faint fetal heartbeat, which lets you know whether your pregnancy is viable. Health care providers require an ultrasound that determines a viable pregnancy before proceeding with any abortion measures.
The Approximate Gestational Age of Your Pregnancy
This information is vital for a number of reasons. First, it gives you an estimate of your due date. Second, it tells you and your provider how far along you are. And finally, it influences what pregnancy options are available to you. If you are considering an abortion, how far along you are in your pregnancy determines what abortion procedures can be used. Before making any decisions, make sure you know the risks associated with each abortion method and process all of your pregnancy options first. Call Informed Choices today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our staff.
The Location of Your Pregnancy
In rare cases, women have ectopic pregnancies – pregnancies that begin growing outside of the womb. This is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. An ultrasound is the safest and easiest way to determine the location of the pregnancy and avoid the potential danger an ectopic pregnancy poses.
Where to Get an Ultrasound
There are many places you can get an ultrasound when you have a positive pregnancy result. Almost every OB-GYN office will have an ultrasound machine, and there are also plenty of dedicated ultrasound and imaging clinics that perform them. Many pregnancy resource centers, such as Informed Choices, also offer them.
If you want to learn more about getting a free pregnancy verification ultrasound, contact Informed Choices today. We’ll provide you with free help, information, and support for every stage of your pregnancy. Call, text, visit us online to schedule an appointment, or stop by one of our centers to learn more about the ways we can provide support in your pregnancy decision.