An ultrasound is a simple scan that uses sound waves to create an image of your internal structures. During pregnancy, it’s used to look into your uterus to determine details about your pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant, read more about how ultrasound works during pregnancy and why you need one. Or, if you’re looking for a free ultrasound in your area, contact Empower Life Center. We have free pregnancy resources—including ultrasound—that can help you feel informed and supported.
How Does Ultrasound Work During Pregnancy?
This is used to help confirm your pregnancy. Even if you received a positive result on a pregnancy test, it ensure that your pregnancy is viable (has signs of life, like a heartbeat).
During pregnancy, there are two options: transvaginal and abdominal. Both options use a transducer (the wand-like part of the machine) to create an image of your pregnancy.
Transvaginal ultrasound is used during early pregnancy and involves inserting the transducer gently into the vagina. Abdominal ultrasound is used later in pregnancy and involves moving the transducer over your abdomen.
How Does Ultrasound Protect My Health During Pregnancy?
An ultrasound reveals three critical details you need to know during pregnancy to stay healthy. These details include:
- Age of your pregnancy. As you’re considering your pregnancy options, you need to know your pregnancy’s age—and things like period tracker apps aren’t enough to determine this detail.
- Location of your pregnancy. Most pregnancies develop inside the uterus. However, on rare occasions, a pregnancy will develop outside the uterus. This is a life-threatening situation known as ectopic pregnancy, and it requires emergency medical care.
- Viability of your pregnancy. Roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and it’s possible to experience one and not know it. If you’ve experienced a miscarriage, you will need to follow up with a qualified physician.
Can I Get a Free Ultrasound?
At Empower Life Center, we care about your health and safety. This is why we offer free, limited ultrasounds during pregnancy. Contact us today to schedule your confidential appointment with one of our caring team members. You’re not alone in this. We’re here for you.