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Pregnancy Ultrasound

Kelly Ultrasound Center

Ultrasound Clinic located in Greenville, SC

Preparing to welcome a new baby into your family is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. A pregnancy ultrasound is a great way to learn more about your baby’s development and is one of many services available from Kelly Ultrasound Center in Greenville, South Carolina. If you have questions about the role ultrasound might play in your pregnancy, request an appointment online or by phone to learn more, and to get a closer look at your little one.

Pregnancy Ultrasound Q & A

When should I have my first pregnancy ultrasound?

Ultrasound imaging is a great tool for expectant mothers and their obstetricians. These safe, noninvasive exams require no anesthesia and present no harm to mother or child.  

You might have your first early OB screening in the initial weeks of your pregnancy. These early tests can help:

  • Confirm pregnancy
  • Check for multiples
  • Evaluate fetal heartbeat
  • Determine your due date
  • Check your uterus, placenta, ovaries, and cervix for tissue abnormalities
  • Diagnose an ectopic pregnancy

As you move through your pregnancy, you may come back for additional ultrasounds to ensure your baby is developing on schedule. You can also learn whether you’re expecting a boy or a girl. Second and third-trimester ultrasounds also reveal:

  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Signs of Down syndrome
  • Your volume of amniotic fluid
  • Placement of your placenta
  • How much oxygen your baby is getting
  • Signs of tumors or other abnormal tissue growths

Your obstetrician discusses how this imaging option compares to other testing methods and helps you find the right fit for your needs. 

How are pregnancy ultrasounds performed?

Kelly Ultrasound Center has two types of pregnancy ultrasound: Transabdominal and transvaginal. A transabdominal ultrasound uses a handheld transducer to send sound waves into your upper pelvic region. As those sounds bounce off your internal tissues, they return to the transducer, and a computer converts them into images. 

A transvaginal ultrasound works the same way; only the transducer is in the form of a probe your provider inserts into your vaginal canal. Use of this approach is generally for an early OB ultrasound in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. 

At what point can a pregnancy ultrasound “see” my baby’s face and other body parts?

The best time to come in for an OB growth and anatomy ultrasound is around 18-20 weeks. At that point, the sonographer can view your baby’s face, limbs, spine, neck, brain, skull, abdomen, and genitals. 

This imaging allows your obstetrician to better understand your baby’s development. This type of ultrasound also provides information about your placenta and cervix, which can guide your labor and delivery planning. 

What is a pregnancy follow-up ultrasound?

This is an ultrasound that provides more information about an existing area of concern. If previous pregnancy testing revealed signs of developmental problems, poor fetal presentation, or inadequate amniotic fluid, a pregnancy follow-up ultrasound can determine if there is still cause for concern. 

A pregnancy limited ultrasound checks fetal heart rate, fetal position, placental location, amniotic fluid index, and your cervix. Additional imaging can be added, as necessary. 

The team at Kelly Ultrasound Center understands the urgency of these visits and strives to get your results to your obstetrician within a day or two of your appointment. Once your obstetrician has a chance to review the results, they can work with you to determine how to proceed. 

You may need to alter your birth plan or make temporary lifestyle changes based on the results of your pregnancy follow-up ultrasound. However, the insight these tests provide is invaluable and can make a world of difference in bringing a healthy child into the world.

To learn more about available pregnancy ultrasounds, call Kelly Ultrasound Center or request an appointment online today.