What You Can Expect from Your First Prenatal Ultrasound

ultrasound for pregnantsFinding out that you’re pregnant is one of the most exciting things you will ever go through, but it can also be one of the most nerve-wracking. Until you hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, you may be a nervous wreck. The first time that you will likely hear your baby’s heartbeat may either be with a handheld doppler or during your first prenatal ultrasound. To help you feel calm and excited about your first ultrasound appointment, we have created an article to help you understand what you can expect. Read on to learn more.

When Does It Happen?

It used to be that a pregnant woman didn’t get her first prenatal ultrasound until she was 18-20 weeks pregnant. However, more and more doctors are ordering 8-week ultrasounds to help make sure the health of the baby is good early on.

Does it hurt the baby or mom to be?

If you are worried that the ultrasound is going to harm your baby, you have nothing to worry about. The only thing your baby may feel during the ultrasound is a little bit of pressure from the doctor pushing down, but other than that, they won’t feel a thing.

You, on the other hand, will feel more than your baby. The great news is that it’s pain-free. All you will feel is the cold from the jelly that is placed on your belly beforehand and some pressure on your uterus as ultrasound images are being taken.

What are the looking for?

Depending on when you get your ultrasound, the doctor will be looking for a variety of things, For instance, if you get your first ultrasound at eight weeks, they will mostly be looking for a heartbeat and movement. Whereas if you get your first ultrasound around 18 weeks, they will be taking a look at all the major organs and the brain, taking measurements, and will be looking for any birth defects like a cleft lip.

If you are pregnant and you would like to learn more about ultrasounds, contact UTMB Radiology today!

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