Pregnancy Ultrasound and More Prenatal Care in Miramar
Learn the Purposes of a Pregnancy Ultrasound
The pregnancy ultrasound is well documented in movies and television as an aspect of being pregnant. But what is the purpose of a pregnancy ultrasound, when should you get one, and what does it feel like? These are some of the questions you may have about pregnancy ultrasounds if you are already pregnant, or if you may become pregnant.
A pregnancy ultrasound is just one part of the total prenatal care picture. At NuWave Women’s Health in Miramar, we provide ultrasounds, as well as total obstetrical care — from conception to postpartum. Keep reading to learn about what to expect from a pregnancy ultrasound. Then make an appointment at NuWave Women’s Health, where we take a modern approach to women’s health care. At our practice, you will receive compassionate care, with the utmost respect for your decisions, questions, health needs, and your time.
What is a Pregnancy Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a common test given to pregnant women. During an ultrasound, sound waves produce a picture of the growing fetus in the womb. This image helps your OBGYN to evaluate and monitor your baby’s health and development. As your pregnancy progresses, you may be able to see your baby’s head, arms, legs, hands, feet, and genitalia. A pregnancy ultrasound is one way to determine your baby’s sex, if you want to know it ahead of time!
Some women get an early ultrasound before 14 weeks of pregnancy. Most women will get an ultrasound at 16 to 20 weeks. Make an appointment with Dr. Duerkes to discuss the right time for you to get an ultrasound!
What Happens During an Ultrasound?
The most common type of pregnancy ultrasound is a transabdominal ultrasound. While you are lying on your back on an exam table, your doctor will apply a thin layer of gel to your abdomen. They will then slide an instrument called a transducer across your belly. This procedure usually takes about 20 minutes, and is typically painless. It is best to have a full bladder for the procedure, which can feel uncomfortable for some women. The reason for this is that the transducer’s sound waves travel better through liquid, resulting in a more accurate image of your baby.
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Sources for This Article:
Ultrasound During Pregnancy - March of Dimes
Dr. Duerkes was drawn to Obstetrics & Gynecology because it is a specialty that includes multiple aspects of medicine, including office preventative care, surgery, and internal medicine. He was also drawn to the unique relationship between doctor and patient that comes with providing gynecologic and pregnancy care. Read Dr. Duerkes’s full bio here.
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