Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans

Reasons To Get Pregnancy Ultrasound Scans

Of course, you have heard of pregnancy ultrasound scan and maybe you are considering it right now. Otherwise, you would not be reading this post. If you are pregnant, you should consider taking your Private Ultrasound Scan at Peterborough’s best clinic. In fact, you should get an ultrasound scan during all trimesters of your pregnancy. But why should you get the scan? Well, read on to find out!

Why an ultrasound scan?

An ultrasound scan may be used for a number of reasons during pregnancy. In some instances, your doctor or obstetrician may recommend more ultrasound scans if they detect or suspect a problem in the previous blood test or ultrasound. It can also be done to determine whether the baby is a boy or a girl. The good thing is, private ultrasound scans are a very safe technology for both you and your child.

Reasons for an ultrasound scan during the first trimester

  • The first trimester of pregnancy is weeks one to twelve. During this period, you may get an ultrasound scan in order to:
  • Check the fetal heartbeat
  • Confirm pregnancy
  • Find out if there is any abnormal growth in your fetus
  • Diagnose an ectopic pregnancy
  • Examine the cervix, ovaries, placenta, and uterus
  • Check for multiple pregnancies
  • Find out the gestational age of your baby and estimate when you will be due

During the third and second trimester of pregnancy

The second trimester is between 12 to 24 weeks while the third trimester is between 24 to 40 weeks or until birth. During these periods, you may get an ultrasound scan for the purposes of:

  • Monitoring the growth and position of the fetus (breech, cephalic, optimal, or transverse)
  • Confirm multiple pregnancies
  • Determine the sex or gender of the baby
  • Take a closer look at the baby’s placenta to look out for placenta abruption, placenta previa and other problems. Placenta previa refers to placenta situation whereby the placenta literally covers the cervix while placenta abruption is when the fetus’ placenta separates itself from the uterus before delivery
  • Monitor amniotic fluid level
  • Monitor the fetus for blood flow problems or structural abnormalities
  • Measure the cervix’ length
  • Check for birth defects or congenital abnormalities
  • Determine if there are any characteristics or signs of down syndrome

There are also many other reasons for getting ultrasound scans when you are pregnant. You can also add more points on the comment section of this post so that other followers can also learn from you. Otherwise, you can always get a Private Ultrasound Scan at Peterborough’ clinic at a very affordable price.

Author Bio: Hi, I am Brittany Burns. I am a blogger. Recently delivered my twin boys and would like to educate all expecting mothers in Peterborough about every aspect of pregnancy.