Free Limited Obstetrical Ultrasounds
New Beginnings can provide you with a free limited obstetrical ultrasound, provided you have taken a positive pregnancy test in our offices. An ultrasound shows you an image of the inside of your uterus by utilizing high-frequency sound waves. First, our ultrasound technician uses a gel or lubricant to reduce static between your skin and the ultrasound “wand.” This provides you with a clear picture of the inside of the uterus.
The Purpose of An Ultrasound
There are several things you can learn from an ultrasound. First, it can give an accurate estimation of how far along in the pregnancy you are by looking at fetal development. Additionally, the ultrasound can provide crucial health information, including fetal heartbeat, which ensures that the heart is beating correctly and normally based on how far along it is in development. Ultrasounds can also determine the location of the pregnancy. Some pregnancies develop outside of the uterus; these are called ectopic pregnancies.
As mentioned, an ectopic pregnancy is one in which the fertilized egg implants in an area outside of the uterus (for example, the fallopian tubes). Though only about 1 in 50 pregnancies can be classified as ectopic, it is a very important thing to check for, as it can cause severe, and potentially life-threatening, issues. Fetuses who develop outside of the uterus can potentially damage your organs and/or cause severe blood loss.
Symptoms of an Ectopic Pregnancy may include:
- Sharp abdominal or pelvic pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Dizziness or fatigue
If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.
Ultrasounds can also provide important information regarding miscarriages. Between 10 and 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to statistics from the Mayo Clinic, and they can be caused by a wide variety of factors.
Causes of Miscarriages Include:
- Preexisting medical conditions
- Compromised immune system
- Abnormalities in the uterus
- Weakened cervix
- Alcohol or drug use
- STDs or other diseases
No matter your health or the caution you take during pregnancy, there is always a chance you may miscarry. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the symptoms that could preclude a miscarriage, including cramping, bleeding, abdominal pain, fever and/or back pain.