After a positive pregnancy test, we always suggest confirming the positive result with an ultrasound. Not only does an ultrasound allow you to be sure that you are pregnant, but it can provide you with crucial information to guide your decision-making process. Learn more about ultrasounds and why they are essential for your unplanned pregnancy.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a painless imaging procedure that uses high-frequency soundwaves to project an image of your pregnancy onto a screen. The nurse uses a wand, called a transducer, across your abdomen, and based on how those bounce back, it can create a projection of what is inside your uterus.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
First of all, an ultrasound confirms pregnancy. During the ultrasound, your nurse will ensure your pregnancy has implanted in the uterus. If the pregnancy has implanted outside of the uterus, like in the fallopian tubes, it will not have enough room to grow. This is referred to as an ectopic pregnancy and cannot be carried safely to term.
Your nurse will then estimate the age of the pregnancy. How far along the pregnancy is can impact your options, and it is essential to know before making any decisions. Lastly, the nurse will check to see if the pregnancy has a detectable heartbeat.
All of these points help you make an informed choice when considering your options.
I have had a pregnancy test and ultrasound. What is next?
After a positive pregnancy test and ultrasound, it is time to start considering your options. At the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford, we are here to educate you about your options to ensure you are making an informed choice. We offer a safe space to ask questions without judgment.
Reach out to us today for your free and confidential pregnancy testing and ultrasound.