At Palm Beach Women’s Clinic, we provide free limited obstetric ultrasounds to women with positive pregnancy test results. An ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your uterus. The ultrasound technician will use a gel or lubricant to help reduce static between your skin and the “wand” so that they can get a clear picture. By using an ultrasound machine, health care professionals can learn a variety of things about your pregnancy.
An ultrasound can determine how far along you are in your pregnancy. By looking at the fetal development, technicians can tell approximately how many weeks you have been pregnant. An ultrasound can also detect fetal heartbeat to ensure that the heart is beating correctly or normally based on fetal age. Ultrasounds can also determine the location of your pregnancy. While the majority of pregnancies develop in the uterus, there is a chance that you can have an ectopic pregnancy.
An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg implants in some other location than the uterus – such as the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancies can be life threatening because the developing fetus could damage your organs and cause extreme blood loss. While ectopic pregnancies are rare (about 1 in 50 pregnancies), it’s still important to be aware of the signs and symptoms.
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
An ultrasound can also determine whether you may miscarry. According to the Mayo Clinic, between 10 and 20 percent of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Miscarriages can be caused by a variety of factors, and WebMD states that more than 80% of miscarriages happen in the first trimester of pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, there is a chance that you will miscarry. Be aware of symptoms that include severe cramps, bleeding, abdominal pain, fever and back pain, as these are all signs of a miscarriage.
If you have taken a pregnancy test and it came back positive, your next step is to get an ultrasound. Contact us today to set up your free ultrasound appointment at one of our four locations in Palm Beach County.