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What To Expect from Your First Pregnancy Ultrasound

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A pregnancy test may show a positive result, but mothers may not feel pregnant until they get to look at the developing embryo. Once a mother knows she is pregnant, she can schedule the first ultrasound and steadily get the information needed to put her mind at ease and ensure a happy, healthy pregnancy. Before heading to the doctor, women might want to know what to expect from the first pregnancy ultrasound, so let’s discuss it.

What Is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is the technology that has been allowing women and doctors to see and monitor fetuses’ since the late 50s. Doctors use all the information ultrasounds provide to benefit the baby and mother. Ultrasound uses sound waves that will bounce off your baby’s bones, tissue, and fluids; and translate them into an image of the fetus. An ultrasound can be conducted transvaginally or transabdominally – internally or externally.

When Do You Get Your First Ultrasound?

Women who are typically at a higher risk of miscarriage or have chronic conditions may get their first ultrasound as early as six weeks into their pregnancy. Other women may wait until they are eight weeks pregnant before going for their first ultrasound. The first ultrasound usually falls within the first eight to twelve weeks of pregnancy.

What To Expect from Your First Ultrasound

If the doctor recommends an early pregnancy ultrasound, they are likely to perform a transvaginal ultrasound. The sonographer will use a small wand-like transducer and insert it vaginally to get a scan of the fetus and uterus. The doctor will typically recommend an external ultrasound on the stomach from about week seven, also known as a transabdominal ultrasound. An ultrasound shouldn’t hurt, although the sonographer may have to apply some pressure to the abdomen and move the wand around the vaginal cavity to capture a clearer image. From here, there is a lot of information to be gathered about the health of the mother and the fetus.

With your first ultrasound your doctor will:

  • Give an estimated due date.
  • Rule out an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Check how many embryos are present.
  • Check the heartbeat.
  • Measure the fetus.
  • Check whether your fetus is developing as expected.
  • Perform a nuchal translucency test.

How To Prepare for an Ultrasound

An ultrasound doesn’t require much on the part of the mother. The doctor will expect the mother to arrive with a full bladder, and they may suggest eating something sugary beforehand to get the baby moving for the exam. These two simple steps will help the sonographer get a better picture of the baby.

An ultrasound is the first and only glimpse a woman will get of her developing baby before the birth, making each ultrasound a vital opportunity to connect with the baby and gather as much medical information as possible. If you are pregnant or need reproductive healthcare, OMNI is an ultrasound and gynaecological clinic with offices in Sydney, St Leonards, and Penrith. To book an appointment, get in touch with us today.

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St Leonards Clinic
Telephone

1300 851 968

Fax

1300 851 971

Address

Ground Floor
Suite 2/8 Northcote St
St Leonards NSW 2065

Penrith Clinic
Telephone

1300 851 968

Fax

1300 851 971

Address

Level 2, Suite 2.01
Somerset Hospital, 38 Somerset Street
Kingswood NSW 2747

SYDNEY CBD ULTRASOUND CLINIC
Telephone

1300 851 968

Fax

1300 851 971

Address

Suite 1005, Level 10
229 Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care