Ultrasound

There are two main types of ultrasound: gynecologic and prenatal. Gynecologic ultrasounds can help your OB-GYN diagnose problems within the uterus and ovaries, while prenatal ultrasounds provide valuable information on your baby’s health and development.

Ultrasound in Pregnancy

Ultrasound technology is safe for both mother and child and utilizes high-frequency sound waves to take pictures of the structures within the abdomen and pelvis.  An ultrasound can be used for a variety of reasons during pregnancy,  including checking the fetal heartbeat, monitoring fetal growth, determining sex, etc.   In our practice, we are also happy to provide ultrasound pictures to expectant parents during medically indicated ultrasounds.

If you have questions or concerns about the use of ultrasound technology for your gynecological and prenatal care, please let us know. Because our practice is independently owned and operated, we’re able to develop quality relationships with our patients and devote the time and resources needed to fully answer all of your concerns. At A Woman’s Healing Center, your care, and the care of your baby are our number one goals!

Frequently asked questions

Where will my ultrasound be?

All ultrasounds are performed in the comfort and convenience of A Woman’s Healing Center, so there’s no need for making appointments at a hospital or an outside medical diagnostic center.

What should I do to prepare for my ultrasound?

You should drink at least 24 oz. of fluid approximately 1 hour before the exam. Please do NOT empty your bladder during this time.  Having a full bladder makes it easier for us to get a clear ultrasound picture.

How are ultrasounds performed?

An ultrasound procedure takes approximately 45 minutes and is painless. There are two different ways ultrasound testing is performed, depending on your situation:

Transabdominally

In this method a clear water-based gel is applied to the area being studied. The gel allows the transducer to stay in secure contact with the body. The ultrasound technologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin where it is directed back and forth to obtain the necessary images.

Transvaginally

A transvaginal ultrasound involves the insertion of a smaller transducer into the vagina after the bladder has been emptied. The images are obtained from different orientations to get the best views of the uterus, ovaries, and pregnancy. Transvaginal ultrasounds are routinely utilized during the first trimester of pregnancy.

How many ultrasounds will I need?

Most healthy women with a typically progressing pregnancies will have 2-3 ultrasounds during the course of their pregnancy.  In some cases your doctor may request additional ultrasounds, as dictated by your and your baby’s health.

Will there be any downtime following my ultrasound?

After the test, you may resume all normal activities. Ultrasound is a painless and easy procedure – many expectant mothers even look forward to it because it gives them a peek inside at their baby.

Following the procedure, your OB-GYN will discuss the results of your ultrasound examination with you.

Why are ultrasounds an important part of prenatal health?

In the first trimester of pregnancy (weeks one to 12), ultrasounds may be done to:

  • confirm pregnancy
  • check the fetal heartbeat
  • determine and estimate a due date
  • check for multiple pregnancies
  • examine the placenta, uterus, ovaries, and cervix
  • diagnose an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
  • look for any abnormal growth

In the second trimester (12 to 24 weeks) and the third trimester (24 to 40 weeks or birth), an ultrasound may be done to:

  • monitor the fetus’ growth and position
  • determine the baby’s sex
  • confirm multiple pregnancies
  • look at the placenta to check for problems
  • check for congenital abnormalities
  • examine the fetus for structural and blood flow abnormalities
  • monitor the levels of amniotic fluid
  • determine if the fetus is getting sufficient oxygen
  • diagnose problems with the ovaries or uterus
  • measure the length of the cervix