Are ultrasounds safe?
Yes, ultrasounds are completely safe for the parent and fetus. In fact, ultrasounds are an effective, non-invasive way for our team to:
- Diagnose and prevent potential issues
- Conduct safe and accurate genetic testing
- Track a fetus’ growth and development
Do pregnancy ultrasounds hurt?
In general, ultrasounds do not hurt. Some patients report feeling slight pressure, but there is generally no accompanying discomfort during an ultrasound.
What are different types of pregnancy ultrasounds?
Yes, there are several types of ultrasounds, including:
- Transabdominal: This type of ultrasound uses a transducer that glides across the abdomen with the help of a clear jelly. The clear jelly acts as a conduit between the transducer and the abdominal cavity to get real-time images of the uterus and fetus.
- Transvaginal: Rather than gliding a transducer across the belly, a transvaginal ultrasound uses a wand inserted into the vagina to gather images of the uterus.
- 3-D and 4-D: Using the transabdominal method, our team collects hundreds of ultrasound images to upload to advanced imaging software. The imaging software combines the data into a three-dimensional model that realistically reveals the baby’s features and development.
- Doppler: Our team can use doppler ultrasounds to detect fetal heartbeats and blood circulation in the placenta and umbilical cord.
- Sonohysterography: By injecting a saline solution into the uterus through the cervix, these ultrasounds can gather greater details about uterine cavity. This type of ultrasound can be uncomfortable for some patients. Ask our team how we can make it more comfortable for you.
How do I prepare for an ultrasound?
Very little preparation is necessary before an ultrasound. Nonetheless, patients can prepare for ultrasounds by:
- Eating normally before the appointment
- Drinking plenty of fluids before the appointment
- Showing up to the appointment with a full bladder
- Wearing a loose-fitting, two-piece outfit (it may be necessary to remove your pants for the appointment)
What to expect during a pregnancy ultrasound
Generally, ultrasound appointments take less than 30 minutes to complete. The exam starts by having the patient reposition or remove any restrictive clothing (like pants or undergarments) before lying down on an exam table.
If the patient is getting a transabdominal ultrasound, then our team applies a clear jelly to the lower abdomen before gliding a transducer across the belly.
If the patient is getting a transvaginal ultrasound, then our team covers a transducer wand in a protective sheath and hypoallergenic lubricant before inserting it directly into the vagina.
Whether transabdominal or transvaginal, ultrasounds produce hyper-realistic images in real-time so that you and your provider can see how your child is developing.
How often should I get ultrasounds while pregnant?
Typically, patients get at least two ultrasounds–one in the first trimester and one in the second trimester.
The purpose of first trimester ultrasounds is to determine:
- Fetal viability
- Approximate gestational age
- The number of fetuses present
- The relative health of developing fetuses
The purpose of second trimester ultrasounds is to:
- Determine the fetus’ sex
- Detect and diagnose certain congenital abnormalities or birth defects
- Confirm expected due dates
Some patients may require more than two ultrasounds, especially if they are high-risk. Ultimately, our team will help you determine how many ultrasounds you need for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Obstetric Ultrasounds in Peachtree City, GA
Whether you want to confirm your pregnancy or determine your baby’s sex, you’ll need an experienced team to help you get crystal-clear ultrasound images of your bundle of joy.
New and existing patients can request high-quality ultrasounds with the team at Lifeboat Medical Associates in Peachtree City, GA online here or by calling (770) 631-4873.