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An ultrasound uses sound waves to generate images of the body’s internal structures. It is particularly useful during pregnancy, providing vital information about the developing fetus within the uterus.

For those expecting, understanding how ultrasound functions during pregnancy and its significance is essential. 

Ultrasound During Pregnancy

Ultrasounds play a pivotal role in confirming pregnancies. Even with a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound can verify the viability of the pregnancy, indicating signs of life, such as a heartbeat.

There are two primary types of ultrasounds during pregnancy: transvaginal and abdominal. Both methods employ a transducer—a device resembling a wand—to capture images of the fetus. 

A transvaginal ultrasound is typically performed in the early stages of pregnancy and involves inserting the transducer into the vagina, while an abdominal ultrasound, conducted later in pregnancy, involves gliding the transducer across the abdomen.

The Protective Role of Ultrasound in Pregnancy

Ultrasound examinations during pregnancy unveil three essential details for maintaining health:

  1. Pregnancy Age: Knowing the precise age of your pregnancy is crucial for making informed decisions, as general estimations from period tracker apps may not be accurate.
  2. Pregnancy Location: While most pregnancies develop within the uterus, ectopic pregnancies, which occur outside the uterus, pose serious health risks and require immediate medical attention.
  3. Pregnancy Viability: With 26% of pregnancies ending in miscarriage, an ultrasound can detect these occurrences, often unbeknownst to the individual, necessitating follow-up care from a healthcare professional.

Get A Referral For An Ultrasound

The Southern Ohio Pregnancy Center prioritizes your health and safety, offering free ultrasound referral services during pregnancy. 

By contacting us, you can arrange a confidential appointment with our compassionate team, ensuring you have the support and care needed during this pivotal time. You are not alone; we are here to assist you.

Call us at (937) 393-2990 or text us at (937) 509-0108.

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