Sonograms are a type of ultrasound that are used to help detect a baby’s heartbeat, the growth and development of a baby, and the gender. At an average of two sonograms per pregnancy, according to a study, sonograms help to psychologically and emotionally soothe the pregnant mother’s anxieties and worries, and help the father to bond. Read on to learn more.
Helps Ease Anxiety
Although pregnancy is a beautiful and exciting time in a woman’s life, it is also a source for anxiety. Not only do mother’s worry about their baby’s health the entire time they are in utero but they also want to make sure their own health is okay. Luckily, during a sonogram, a pregnant mother’s anxieties can be laid to rest because they will be able to see and listen to the heartbeat, and the doctor will be able to check for any potential medical issues.
Helps Families Prepare
It used to be that if a couple were to welcome a baby into the world who had a disability, it would come as a surprise. However, due to the advancement in sonogram technology, families can now prepare themselves to welcome a child with a disability into the world beforehand— leaving everyone (baby included) feeling a little more calm at birth.
Helps Father’s Bond
Because mother’s pull all the weight, quite literally, during a pregnancy, father’s oftentimes don’t necessarily feel a bond with their baby until they are born. However, by seeing their child on a sonogram and listening to their heartbeat, father’s are able to create a bond with their child that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Additionally, during a sonogram, father’s are able to ask the technician questions regarding the sonogram and what they are seeing in order to better understand the health and development of their baby.
As you can see, there are many emotional and psychological benefits to getting sonograms during a pregnancy. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant and would like to learn more about sonograms or other types of ultrasounds, contact the experts at UTMB Radiology today!