Options’ 30+ affiliate locations can provide women who have received positive pregnancy test results with free ultrasounds. Using high-frequency sound waves, ultrasounds create images of the inside of the uterus, providing crucial information regarding the pregnancy. A clearer picture of the uterus is created by the application of a gel or lubricant, helping to reduce static between the ultrasound wand and the client’s skin.
Ultrasounds can tell you several important things about your pregnancy. Through an examination of the fetal development, technicians can provide an accurate estimate of gestational age, i.e. how far along the pregnancy is. Ultrasounds can also be used to detect a fetal heartbeat, ensuring the fetus’ heart is beating and developing normally.
Additionally, ultrasounds can determine the location of a pregnancy to identify conditions like an ectopic pregnancy. If you are considering abortion, you will have to have an ultrasound performed first to determine whether you have a viable pregnancy.
Ectopic pregnancies are when the fertilized egg is implanted in an area outside of the uterus; for example, the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancies only occur in about 1 in 50 pregnancies but should be taken very seriously, as they can be life-threatening. A fetus developing outside of the uterus can cause significant blood loss and damage organs.
Ectopic Pregnancy symptoms include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.
Another thing ultrasounds can test for is your risk of miscarriage. Approximately one in four pregnancies result in miscarriage, which can be caused by any of the following factors:
Regardless of what precautions are taken, every pregnancy carries a risk of miscarriage, making it vitally important that you are aware of the symptoms so you can act quickly if any of them present themselves.
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