An ultrasound is one of the most useful diagnostic tests your healthcare provider will use to evaluate your pregnancy, and try to establish whether there are any possible complications in your pregnancy.
Ultrasound involves the use of high-frequency sound waves,
which are made by applying an alternating current to a transducer,
which is used in conjunction with a lubricant. The transducer
is passed over the abdomen and stomach, and sound waves are
projected from the transducer through the abdomen into the
pelvis. Different tissues of the body reflect the ultrasounds
differently, and this allows us to distinguish what is what.
What can an Ultrasound determine?
Early identification of pregnancy
Show the size and growth rate of your baby
Identifying the presence of two or more fetuses
Measure the head, abdomen and length of body parts of the fetus
Identifying Down Syndrome in a fetus
Identifying fetal abnormalities
Identifying abnormalities of internal organs
Measuring amount of amniotic fluid
Identifying placenta abnormalities
Identifying uterine abnormalities or tumors
Your healthcare provider may ask you to drink plenty of water before having your ultrasound test done, this is because your uterus is behind your bladder and having a full bladder will help to make your uterus rise out of your pelvis, making it easier to gain a clear picture. Unfortunately having a full bladder may leave you feeling a little comfortable during the exam.
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