After a positive pregnancy test, we always recommend confirming your test results with an ultrasound. When it comes to pregnancy, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. At Waterleaf, we offer free ultrasounds to women who have a positive pregnancy test in our center. Learn more about ultrasounds and why you need to have one.
How does an ultrasound work?
An ultrasound allows your nurse to see what is on the inside of your uterus. Your nurse will first apply a gel to your abdomen that reduces static and allows for a clearer image. Then, they will use a small wand, called a transducer, and move it around your abdomen to adjust the view. The transducer emits high-frequency soundwaves and based on the way they bounce back, the ultrasound projects an image onto a screen for you and the nurse to see.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
An ultrasound allows you to confirm your pregnancy. Your nurse will first locate the pregnancy to confirm your positive result. Next, your nurse will confirm that your pregnancy is viable. If your pregnancy has implanted anywhere outside of the uterus, it is considered an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are dangerous and cannot be safely carried to term. If this is the case, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Your nurse will then see if there is a heartbeat. If there is no heartbeat, then it is still very early in your pregnancy and there is a chance you may still naturally miscarry. Your nurse will measure the pregnancy and estimate how far along you are. This information will determine what options are available to you and so it is important to know before you start weighing your options.
What is my next step?
After an ultrasound, it is time to begin considering your options. At Waterleaf, our staff is dedicated to educating you and answering your questions about all of your options– including adoption, abortion, and parenting.
Reach out to Waterleaf today for your free pregnancy test and ultrasound!