If you just found out that you’re pregnant— congratulations! Pregnancy is not only a big deal for soon-to-be parents but for the developing baby as well. From things like morning sickness to finding out the gender of your baby, pregnancy can be filled with many ups and downs. As part of your prenatal care, getting an ultrasound is a great way to check on the developing baby and ensure that everything is going as planned. Here are a few things that you can expect from your first prenatal ultrasound.
- What does it feel like?
If you have never had an ultrasound before, you might be intimidated by the overall procedure. However, ultrasounds are nothing to worry about and are pain free. Your ultrasound tech will simply pull up your shirt and roll down your pants in order to have proper access to your uterus. Then they will squirt a warm gel on your stomach. Once the gel has been placed, the ultrasound tech will then start the ultrasound by using a handheld probe in order to get a closer look inside of your uterus.
- What are they looking for?
If this is your twenty week ultrasound, the ultrasound tech will mostly be looking to ensure your baby is developing at the rate it’s supposed to be and that there aren’t any visible problems. The biggest things they are looking for are size, cleft palate, the growth of the brain and other important organs, and spinal abnormalities like spina bifida. Feel free to ask your ultrasound tech questions throughout the entire process— this will help ease any of your stress or concerns.
- Can they tell the gender?
If you are at at least 19-20 weeks your ultrasound tech should be able to tell you the gender of your baby. However, if you would like it to be kept a secret, be sure to tell them so they don’t blurt out the exciting news.
As one of the most exciting points of your pregnancy, an ultrasound can really help you and your significant other feel more connected to the little one growing inside of you.
To learn more about ultrasounds, contact our office today!