Are you unsure about what to do next in your pregnancy journey? A positive lab-quality pregnancy test is only an indication of a possible pregnancy. You need a limited obstetrical ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy.
What Is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound creates images from sound waves. A technician applies a gel to your abdomen and rubs a transducer (a wand-like instrument) through the gel. The transducer picks up echoes from the sound waves, which generate a picture of the inside of your uterus to reveal the pregnancy more clearly.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
An ultrasound answers three important questions:
- Is the pregnancy viable? A viable pregnancy is growing with a detectable heartbeat. Since up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, an ultrasound helps determine if you’ve miscarried or the pregnancy is growing.
- Is the pregnancy located in the correct place? A normal pregnancy develops in the uterus, but some pregnancies develop in the wrong location, outside the uterus. This type of pregnancy is called ectopic and can be extremely dangerous.
- How far along is the pregnancy? If you are considering abortion, you need to know how far along you are in your pregnancy. The number of weeks you have been pregnant determines your abortion procedure.
What are my next steps?
Talk with us about getting an ultrasound. Before you make a decision about your pregnancy, you need to have the facts. We can discuss your options, including abortion procedures, side effects, and potential risks.
If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy, you need enough information to make a confident, empowered decision. At Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, we want you to be informed and to know you have options.
We understand there are many difficult feelings you are experiencing right now. You are not alone. We’re here to help you.
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