Ultrasounds During Pregnancy

You can expect to receive an ultrasound in your first trimester so that we can compare your last menstrual period to the ultrasound date to better determine your exact due date.

You will also receive a Level 1 or Level 2 ultrasound depending on your clinical history at or around 20 weeks. You may be required to have more ultrasounds depending on your clinical history and pregnancy course; your physician will let you know if additional ultrasounds are necessary for the health of you and your baby.

Unfortunately, we cannot do clinical ultrasounds to determine the gender of the baby.

Ultrasounds During Pregnancy

Ultrasound is used in obstetrics to examine the growing fetus inside the mother’s uterus. A standard ultrasound can provide valuable information about the fetus’s health and well-being, including:

  • Age of the fetus
  • Rate of growth of the fetus
  • Placement of the placenta
  • Fetal position, movement, breathing, and heart rate
  • Amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus
  • Number of fetuses
  • Some birth defects

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor suspects a problem, or your pregnancy continues after your due date, your doctor may want to use ultrasound to check on the well-being of your baby. Other uses of ultrasound during pregnancy include a fetal cardiogram. This is a detailed ultrasound exam of the heart that may be done if heart problems are suspected in the fetus. Ultrasound also may be used for diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy or determining a cause of bleeding or pain during pregnancy.

In-Office Gynecological Ultrasounds

We also offer in-office gynecological ultrasounds that your doctor may offer to identify and diagnose certain conditions.