An ultrasound provides expecting mothers and doctors with a way of seeing the fetus during a pregnancy. It replaced x-rays as the preferred method. This is much safer as x-rays during a pregnancy can have negative results on the fetus. There are many different reasons that having an ultrasound during pregnancy is a good idea.
Confirming Early Pregnancy
During early pregnancy an ultrasound is performed to confirm the pregnancy. During the ultrasound, the technician will check to make sure the mother is still pregnant. It will also verify as much information about the fetus as possible at this early stage. This type of ultrasound is done vaginally in order to get the best picture of the fetus.
Calculating the Number of Babies
Another reason to have an ultrasound is so that you can calculate how many babies you are expecting. It can come as somewhat of a shock to parents who are only expecting one child to become pregnant with multiples. Therefore, it is best to find out as soon as possible so that you may prepare both by getting all of the required necessities and also by preparing emotionally.
Checking for Complications
Ultrasounds are also used to check for any complications that might arise while the baby is still in the womb. The ultrasound will let you know of these in a timelier manner. There are even some procedures that can be performed while the baby is still in the mother’s womb. During this time, it might be suggested that you have a high resolution ultrasound. This will give your doctor even more information so that you may make the right choices for both you and your child.
An ultrasound is a great way to gain more information about your baby. It also gives your doctor more information about what is going on so that you are better prepared. Therefore, ultrasounds can be both informative and enjoyable.