After a positive pregnancy test, it is likely that you have a lot of questions or feelings of anxiety. There is no need to panic. Robbinsdale Women’s Center is here to offer no-cost limited OB ultrasounds to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is an imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to project an image of your uterus onto a screen that is visible to you. This allows you to see the fetus, and for the ultrasound medical professional to visually verify your pregnancy, determine how far along your pregnancy is, detect a heartbeat, and determine if your pregnancy is viable.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
When you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important to have all the information you can to help you make a decision. A limited OB ultrasound allows you to visually verify the pregnancy by locating the pregnancy in your uterus. The medical professional will then measure the fetus and compare it to your estimated conception date, this to estimate how far along your pregnancy is. They will then try an detect a heartbeat. If a heartbeat cannot be detected, it may be too early in the pregnancy or there is a chance that you could naturally miscarry.
Most importantly, the medical professional will ensure that the pregnancy is located in your uterus. The pregnancy must be located your uterus because that is where it will have enough space to grow and be carried to term. In the case that it is not located in the uterus, called an ectopic pregnancy, it is not safe to carry to term and will require medical attention.
What are my next steps?
After a positive pregnancy test and a limited OB ultrasound, it is time to begin considering your options. Here at Robbinsdale Women’s Center, we believe in empowering you with accurate and updated information about all of your options- including parenting, abortion, and adoption. We want to support you through this decision-making process. We are here to answer questions, offer guidance, and give you the confidence to make your decision.
If you want to learn more about our limited OB ultrasounds or to make an appointment, contact us today!