An ultrasound is an essential next step if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy. It will help you learn about your pregnancy and the options available to you as you decide what to do next.
Make an appointment for a free pregnancy test at Loving Choices. If your pregnancy test is positive, we will estimate how far along you are, based on the date of your last period, and assess if an ultrasound can be performed.
What Is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a simple and painless procedure that uses sound waves to create a picture of the inside of your abdomen. The scan will tell you if your pregnancy is viable by determining if there is a heartbeat and the location of your pregnancy. An ultrasound will also tell you how far along you are. This information may determine what options are available to you.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
Did you know up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage? The percentage may be higher, since most women miscarry before realizing they are pregnant.
An ultrasound will tell you if your pregnancy is viable by determining if there is a heartbeat or if you’ve had a miscarriage. This information is vital if you are considering an abortion.
An ultrasound also confirms your stage of pregnancy. By measuring the size of the fetus, our technician can tell how long you’ve been pregnant.
Once again, if you’re considering an abortion, the type of procedure you’re eligible for is determined by the gestational age of your pregnancy.
Although rare, there is a possibility your pregnancy is not growing in the correct location. If a pregnancy implants outside your uterus, it’s called an ectopic pregnancy, which is extremely dangerous. Only an ultrasound reveals the location of your pregnancy.
What are my next steps?
When you are here for your pregnancy test and ultrasound, we will provide guidance and support, educate you on all your options, and help you get the resources you need throughout your pregnancy.
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