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Think you might be pregnant? Received a positive result on a pregnancy test? Not sure how to move forward with your pregnancy? Getting an ultrasound is the most essential first step.

Ultrasound is a simple scan that will confirm your pregnancy, give you the critical information you need to stay safe, and help determine the available next steps.

Read on to learn more about the importance of receiving an ultrasound in pregnancy. Or, if you want to schedule a free, limited ultrasound, contact us today.

How Does An Ultrasound Protect My Health?

An ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of what’s going on inside your body. During a pregnancy ultrasound, a nurse or ultrasound technician uses the ultrasound wand (known as a transducer) to look into your uterus to determine details about your pregnancy.

An ultrasound can help determine the following key details about your pregnancy that you need to know to stay healthy:

  • Gestational age: Did you know that period trackers and apps aren’t enough to determine the age of your pregnancy? Ultrasound is the only reliable way to confirm your pregnancy and determine the gestational age.
  • Location: Most pregnancies attach and grow inside the uterus. However, rarely, a pregnancy will attach and grow outside the uterus. This is called ectopic pregnancy, and an ultrasound will help rule out this life-threatening condition.
  • Viability: Roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and it’s possible to experience a miscarriage without displaying early symptoms. This means that it’s possible you’ve miscarried and don’t know it. An ultrasound will search for signs of life, such as a heartbeat.

Considering Abortion?

You Need to be screened

If you’re considering an abortion, an ultrasound will give you the information you need to know beforehand. For example, medical abortion is only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is 10 weeks gestation or under, so you’ll need to know your pregnancy’s age first.

Also, if you’re unknowingly experiencing an ectopic pregnancy and take the abortion drugs, you’re at risk of experiencing a potentially dangerous complication, so you need to ensure your pregnancy is inside your uterus.

Schedule Your Free Ultrasound

After a positive result on a pregnancy test, your next step is a free ultrasound. Please understand this ultrasound is not to find out the gender of your baby. If you are already seeing an OB/GYN, your doctor will order your ultrasound and we will not do an extra ultrasound for you.  If you haven’t had care yet and want to verify your pregnancy, let our knowledgeable and caring medical staff walk you through this process. Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.

*Alternatives Laurel Highlands Pregnancy Center does not provide or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

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