There are many reasons you would have an ultrasound performed if you’re pregnant. The most common reason to get an ultrasound is to verify the gestational age of the fetus, which is especially helpful if you tend to have irregular periods, spotting, or aren’t sure of when your last menstrual period was.
Because few women know the exact day they ovulated or conceived, an ultrasound done in the first trimester of pregnancy is shown to be the most accurate way to date a pregnancy. To learn more about your pregnancy, schedule a free confidential ultrasound.
Do I Need An Ultrasound?
Yes! An ultrasound is vital to determine three important details:
- Whether you have a viable pregnancy (healthy & growing)
- The location of your pregnancy (whether it’s growing within your uterus or not)
- How far along you are (gestational age)
At Mosaic, the primary reason we perform an ultrasound is to confirm that you have a viable intrauterine pregnancy. The ultrasound can reveal if the fetus is growing outside of the uterus, known as an ectopic pregnancy which can be life-threatening for the mother and the pregnancy.
Many women are not aware that a pregnancy may grow inside the fallopian tube or attached to her cervix, abdominal cavity, or the ovary where a pregnancy cannot survive. A tubal pregnancy is a medical emergency.
If you’re considering a termination of your pregnancy, an ultrasound is strongly suggested for your health and safety. Not only will the gestation of your fetus determine the type of abortion procedure you are eligible for, but for example, if your pregnancy is ectopic, and the fetus is growing in your fallopian tubes, a surgical abortion may not end your pregnancy. The fetus could continue to grow, possibly causing your fallopian tube to burst, which might put your life at risk. 12% to 25% of early pregnancies result in miscarriage.
Get all the information you need to make a pregnancy decision with a free and confidential ultrasound at our center. Schedule a pregnancy confirmation appointment with us to get started.