Every woman who thinks she might be pregnant starts to collect information from every available source! Questions are spinning through her mind, even before she’s certain what her plan will be for the pregnancy. We understand. And we have answers you need! We know that an ultrasound is an essential tool to collect information about a pregnancy. Every pregnant woman needs the information that an ultrasound will provide. Our office offers limited obstetrical ultrasounds for three reasons:
To confirm the presence of a viable pregnancy – An ultrasound is truly the most certain way to determine if a woman is actually pregnant and whether it seems that the pregnancy would continue to term. Other variables can affect the outcome of a pregnancy test, but an ultrasound will show you what’s happening in the uterus.
- To confirm the gestational age – Knowing exactly how far along she is gives a woman information that is essential to her pregnancy plans. While knowing the date of her last menstrual period can help a woman start calculating the progress of a pregnancy, an ultrasound is more accurate. Many factors can impact whether or not a woman can date a pregnancy accurately by her period (LMP in medical lingo)—whether or not the periods are consistent, whether or not the last period was normal, the list goes on—so measuring the fetus and/or the gestational sac (more medical lingo!) will provide the most accurate information about how far along the pregnancy is.
- To confirm that the pregnancy is developing in the uterus – The risk of an ectopic pregnancy is serious, and that’s a major reason that you should have an ultrasound if you think you’re pregnant and not sure how to proceed.
If you think you might be pregnant, call us (970-871-1307) or text us (970-819-3603), or send a message through our website, to request a free appointment with our nurse who can help you gather all the medical information you need about your pregnancy. A trained advocate will also be available to help you walk through your options. We’re a safe place to get straight answers about a potential pregnancy, and we’re here for you.