Mom’s-to-be: Facts You Must Know About An Ultrasound

Mom’s-to-be: Facts You Must Know About An Ultrasound
Mom's-to-be: Facts You Must Know About An UltrasoundMom’s-to-be: Facts You Must Know About An Ultrasound

A prenatal ultrasound is a test that uses high–frequency sound waves that are inaudible to the human ear. These sound waves are transmitted though the abdomen using a device called the transducer to take a peek into the abdomen. When a prenatal ultrasound is done, the echoes are recorded and then transformed into video or photographic images.

You can not only monitor the growth of your baby but also find out any discrepancies using this ultrasound. It is a definite boon for doctors as well as expectant parents as it shows the images of the baby inside the womb, the amniotic sac, placenta and the ovaries.

Here are some facts that you must know about ultrasound.

1. Ultrasound procedures can be performed topically or trans-vaginally

The normal ultrasound procedure is done topically, using a gel as a conducive medium to aid the image quality. However at times a trans-vaginal procedure is done where a tubular probe is inserted into the vaginal canal. This enhances the images produced but this is a very rare procedure.

2. Ultrasound procedure is safe for both the mother and the baby

Ultrasound procedures do not harm you or the baby as it does not use radiation like x-rays do. You do not have to worry about this procedure as it is completely non-invasive.

3. An ultrasound is performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy

An ultrasound procedure is done after 20 weeks of pregnancy so the doctor can check well the growth of the baby. Around this time, the limbs are well formed and any problems can be dealt with easily. After 20 weeks the gender of your baby can also be easily determined with this procedure.

4. The procedure does not cause any discomfort

Unless you are asked to come for the test with a full bladder there won’t be any discomfort. Even this will not hurt. The gel used also does not stain your clothes and can be wiped off easily. You will just be asked to change into a hospital gown and it won’t take more than 30 minutes of your time.

5. An ultrasound can also be performed in the early stages of pregnancy

An ultrasound is performed early in the pregnancy to detect the presence of more than one fetus in case you are having twins or triplets or more and to find out the due date and the gestational age of the fetus.

Ultrasound procedure is a great way to bond with your baby. Just like you would take pictures of your baby once he or she is born, these pictures can also go to your baby album and would be the first pictures in fact. With the new 3D and 4D ultrasound pictures and videos, things have just got better.

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