A limited obstetrical ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to confirm a pregnancy. If your pregnancy test reads positive, an ultrasound will confirm those results and determine viability. Whatever decisions you may be considering, an ultrasound will be helpful in providing important information like whether your pregnancy is in the uterus, if there is a fetal heartbeat, and how far along you are in the pregnancy.
An ultrasound performed within the first 12 weeks is also the most accurate predictor of conception and due date. Our ultrasounds are offered free of charge with a confirmed positive pregnancy test completed at Options for Women.
Don’t be nervous! Ultrasounds are a painless, non-invasive procedure to confirm your pregnancy. We ask that you drink a full glass of water prior to your ultrasound appointment, and do not empty your bladder. We encourage you to bring the father, a trusted friend, or a family member with you to your appointment for support.
High-frequency sound waves are produced by the ultrasound machine and sent into the body through a transducer. Echos are then received back and electronically translated into black and white dots. Through this technique, an image of the inside of the uterus is displayed on a screen for the ultrasound technician to identify certain characteristics of the pregnancy.
A standard second-trimester ultrasound will also typically be performed by the physician for clients enrolled in our on-site prenatal program.
Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential ultrasound appointment.