You watch as two pink lines slowly appear. It feels like your life is flashing before your eyes. You never thought you’d be in this situation, but here you are — unexpectedly pregnant and wondering what’s next. 

Perhaps you feel yourself spiraling into a loop of worry and anxiety, but wait a second. There’s one big step you need to take before you can really begin to make a choice for your pregnancy. 

An ultrasound scan is a vital part of the early pregnancy process, whether you’re considering parenting, abortion, or adoption. Not only will this screening provide you with essential information about your pregnancy, it will also confirm that you’re actually pregnant.

Before you schedule your free appointment at Robbinsdale Women’s Center, we’re here to answer your most pressing questions about ultrasound scans — including how they work, what you’ll learn, and where to find one near you!

How does an ultrasound work?

Ultrasounds use non-invasive imaging technology via high-frequency soundwaves to reveal what’s going on inside of the body. They are typically used to diagnose medical conditions, guide surgeons, and of course, reveal a pregnancy inside of the womb.

What information will an ultrasound scan reveal?

Getting an ultrasound will provide you with important facts about your pregnancy and any other medical conditions you may have. You’ll gain the following knowledge from your ultrasound scan:

  • The gestational age of your pregnancy — Knowing the age of your pregnancy will help you determine your potential due date and, if you’re considering abortion, whether you are eligible for a medical or surgical abortion. It will also help you estimate the cost of your abortion procedure.
  • Whether your pregnancy is progressing or not — Even if you take a positive pregnancy test, you may be pregnant with a nonviable pregnancy, meaning a pregnancy that will not survive to term or outside of the womb. If you are considering abortion, knowing if your pregnancy is nonviable is a key first step in the process.
  • Any major health concerns Some non-viable pregnancies can be caused by serious medical conditions. These can be harmful, if not fatal, to your health if not addressed. Ultrasounds are vital in determining if you are in need of medical attention. 

When should I get an ultrasound? 

It’s recommended that women access several ultrasounds throughout their pregnancies, accessing the first one in the first 6-8 weeks of gestation.

Where can I find a free ultrasound scan near me? 

We know that for many, pregnancy comes with unexpected costs and financial concerns. Robbinsdale Women’s Center is here to help by providing free pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, options counseling, and more!

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