Why Are Ultrasounds So Important?
Because of movies, TV shows, and social media, people often have misconceptions about what ultrasounds do. It’s common to think that an ultrasound is just a way to get pictures of your growing baby, find out the gender, or “meet” them for the first time. If you are considering an abortion, it can be easy to think that an ultrasound isn’t necessary.
However, this image isn’t complete. While ultrasounds do show pictures of the developing baby for parents and friends to marvel at, they also serve as one of the safest and best ways to get essential information about your pregnancy, as they use soundwaves and their echoes rather than the radiation of an X-ray or other machines.
What An Ultrasound Can Tell You
Ultrasounds give parents and providers a lot of useful information. Some of the most important things an ultrasound can tell you are:
If the Pregnancy is Viable
An early pregnancy test will detect pregnancy hormones in your body when you are more than a few weeks pregnant. However, as many as a fifth of pregnancies end in early miscarriage (the majority of them are within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy)¹. An ultrasound can detect even a faint fetal heartbeat, which lets you know whether your pregnancy is viable². In addition, many states require an ultrasound that determines a viable pregnancy before proceeding with any abortion measures³.
The Approximate Gestational Age of Your Pregnancy
This information is vital for a number of reasons. First, it gives you an estimate of your due date. Second, it tells you and your provider how far along you are. And finally, it influences what pregnancy options are available to you. If you are considering an abortion, how far along you are in your pregnancy determines what abortion procedures can be used. Before making any decisions, make sure you know the risks associated with each abortion method and process all of your pregnancy options first. Call DAZZ today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our staff.
The Location of Your Pregnancy
In rare cases, women have ectopic pregnancies – a pregnancy that begins growing outside of the womb4. This is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. An ultrasound is the safest and easiest way to determine the location of the pregnancy and avoid the potential danger an ectopic pregnancy poses.
Where to Get an Ultrasound
There are many places you can get an ultrasound when you have a positive pregnancy result. Almost every OB-GYN office will have an ultrasound machine, and there are also plenty of dedicated ultrasound and imaging clinics that perform them. Many pregnancy resource centers, such as DAZZ, also offer them.
If you want to learn more about getting a free pregnancy verification ultrasound, contact DAZZ today. We’ll provide you with free help, information, and support for every stage of your pregnancy. Call us at 843-255-3010, visit us online to schedule an appointment, or stop by our center today to learn more about the ways we can provide support in your pregnancy decision.