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If you’re looking for pregnancy help in Coeur d’Alene, you’ll find it at Open Arms Real Choices pregnancy clinic. Here you’ll be provided with information, resources, and support so that you can make the right choice for you. You’ll also have access to no-cost services like pregnancy testing and a limited obstetric ultrasound so that you can find out more details about your growing baby.

An Ultrasound Can Provide Information About Your Health and Your Baby’s Health

An ultrasound, also called a sonogram, is a painless and non-intrusive procedure that provides you with vital information about your pregnancy. It is called a “limited” ultrasound because its purpose is not to tell you the baby’s sex or to give you a full 3D image of the baby, or even to provide full medical information. Its purpose is to ascertain some basic information about the baby and your pregnancy. Because it works simply by sending ultrasonic waves, it cannot harm you or your baby in any way.

In a sonogram, you will be able to see your baby on the screen, and the technician can confirm whether the baby is properly located in your uterus. A pregnancy in which the baby attaches outside the uterus–usually in the fallopian tubes–is called an ectopic pregnancy. While ectopic pregnancies are relatively rare, they can be dangerous to both the mother and the baby. The limited obstetric ultrasound will resolve this question.

An ultrasound can also confirm whether a pregnancy is viable after you have received a positive pregnancy test. In some cases, for whatever reason, after conception, a woman can miscarry very early on, and the baby will simply stop developing. This is a non-viable pregnancy, sometimes called a chemical pregnancy. It is so-called because, even though conception did take place and the pregnancy test shows the presence of the hormone hCG (the pregnancy hormone), the baby is no longer alive. A limited obstetric ultrasound will be able to detect a heartbeat. A normal fetal heartbeat will confirm that your pregnancy is viable and that the baby is actively developing. 

An ultrasound can also pinpoint how far along you are in your pregnancy. In many cases, a woman may not be able to tell how far along she is, and, in other cases, she may think that she is at a certain number of weeks (usually measured from the date of her last period), but the pregnancy is really at a very different stage. Because of the fairly regular gestational progression of a baby’s development in the uterus, an ultrasound is a very good method of determining how far along you are in your pregnancy. This also means that an ultrasound can provide you with a more accurate idea of the baby’s due date.

How Do I Schedule a Sonogram?

A sonogram can help you find out more information about your pregnancy. It will give you peace of mind to find out whether your pregnancy presents any unusual health risks to you, and it will allow you to see your baby and hear your baby’s heartbeat. If you would like to get a limited obstetric ultrasound, come to Open Arms. We will give you a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy, and, if your test comes back positive, our medical team can move forward and schedule an appointment for a limited obstetric ultrasound.

If you’ve recently discovered you have an unplanned pregnancy and need support, resources, and care, we can help. All of our services are completely confidential, but we will need to confirm your identity with a valid ID in order to provide services. Our medical staff will walk with you and support you through your pregnancy journey. To learn more about the services we offer, contact us today at Open Arms Real Choices Clinic.

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