For some, pregnancy is an exciting time, but it brings feelings of uncertainty or anxiety for others. Regardless of how you feel about pregnancy, that fact of pregnancy means there is life growing within you.
If you live in the Coeur d’Alene area and believe you are pregnant, an ultrasound is a good way to confirm whether you are pregnant and how long you have been pregnant. A clinical ultrasound also confirms that the fetus is in the uterus, a condition necessary for viability.
An Ultrasound Can Confirm Your Pregnancy
Even if you received a positive pregnancy test and have begun to experience changes in how you feel, you may still have doubts about whether you are pregnant. After all, it is possible to get a false positive, and there may be other explanations for these changes. Given that a pregnancy may not show for 12 weeks or more, you may be second-guessing your results.
An ultrasound is a standard medical diagnostic tool used by doctors for many things, but it is used particularly by obstetricians. An ultrasound can identify your baby’s gestational age based on how developed certain organs are.
With ultrasound technology, a baby’s heartbeat is detectable as early as six to eight weeks. Being able to see and hear your baby for the first time is unlike anything else you have ever experienced before, and a moment you will never forget. Getting an ultrasound is a vital procedure for newly pregnant women who are looking for support and confidential care during the early stages of pregnancy.
Sometimes, that real-time image may be what you need to fully wrap your mind around what that pregnancy means for you, and spur you to think seriously about what plans you have to make. Only when you know exactly what is going on inside your own body can you then move on to the next step.
An Ultrasound is Completely Painless and Harmless
If you’ve never experienced any kind of ultrasound before, you can rest assured that the process is completely harmless and painless. It works by sending high-frequency sound waves from a probe into your belly. When the sound waves reach any object (such as the baby or the soft tissue of your uterus), they are reflected back to the probe, which then translates the sound waves into an image.
The sound waves are completely harmless to both you and your baby, and the probe is not intrusive. Instead, it simply glides over your belly using soft, warm gel. Your technician will use care and precision during the process, so all you have to do is relax as the technician locates the baby and shows you and tells you about the details on the screen.
If you’re pregnant and need or want an ultrasound, we can help. Our experts are ready and waiting to meet with you and offer you confidential care and support at no cost. We know that this journey may not be easy, but we’re willing to help walk with you to make it easier. Contact us today at Open Arms Real Choices Clinic to learn more about pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and the different pregnancy services and support we offer.