If you received a positive pregnancy test result from Open Arms, it’s time to look closer at your pregnancy. Your next step is a no-cost limited OB ultrasound to confirm a viable pregnancy. This is a vital step toward being fully informed as you explore your options.
How Does Ultrasound Work?
Ultrasound (sonogram) is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of your uterus. It’s harmless and painless.
Our certified technician applies a gel-like substance to the outside of your abdomen. The gel helps transmit sound waves. A hand-held device called a transducer is rubbed over the gel to record the echoes of the sound waves it picks up. The sound waves create images on a screen.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
Not only will a limited ultrasound confirm your pregnancy, but it also provides additional information. Regardless of what pregnancy options you are considering, an ultrasound will help you make a fully informed choice.
Note: Eligibility for an ultrasound will be determined by the nurse during your first appointment and would be offered as a second appointment. We do not use ultrasound to determine sex.
Three important reasons why an ultrasound is necessary:
1.) To determine if There Is A Heartbeat
A viable pregnancy means a heartbeat is detected and you haven’t had a miscarriage. If the pregnancy isn’t viable, your body will likely expel the pregnancy naturally. If this is the case, we recommend you see your health care provider.
2.) To date the pregnancy
It’s important to know the gestational age of your pregnancy. This refers to the number of weeks you’ve been pregnant. If you are considering abortion, the method is determined by this information. The ultrasound will also reveal the estimated due date.
3.) To find where your pregnancy is located
Some pregnancies develop outside of the uterus, which is called an ectopic pregnancy. Ultrasound will reveal whether or not the pregnancy is located in the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
What Should I do After the ultrasound?
Once you’ve received a positive result from pregnancy testing and confirmed your pregnancy with ultrasound, it’s time to talk about your options. We want you to make a confident, empowered decision about your pregnancy and that means getting as much information as possible. Schedule a no-cost appointment with Open Arms. We’re happy to answer your questions and give you the information you need.