Ultrasound During Prengancy

Ultrasound During Prengancy


An ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body.


What is a pregnancy ultrasound?

A pregnancy ultrasound, also known as a sonogram, is a medical imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create a visual image of a developing fetus and the mother's reproductive organs during pregnancy. The test is typically performed using a transducer, which is a small hand-held device that is placed on the mother's abdomen or inserted into the vagina.

You can get an ultrasound scan at any time of your pregnancy; however, scans are typically offered at:

  • First trimester scan, or the 12-week scan, is performed between 0 and 14 weeks.
  • Second trimester scan between 18 and 21 weeks.
  • Third trimester scan between 34 and 36 weeks; this scan is not usually systematically provided.

Having an Ultrasound when pregnant.

During a pregnancy ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves are used to create images of the developing fetus and placenta. The ultrasound technician will apply a gel to the mother's abdomen and use a handheld device called a transducer to send and receive the sound waves.

The images created by the sound waves are displayed on a monitor for the technician and parents to see. The procedure is noninvasive and typically causes no discomfort. Ultrasound can be used to determine the due date, check for multiple pregnancies, and monitor the growth and development of the fetus.

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, as you will need to remove clothing from the waist up for the exam.
  • Drink a glass of water about an hour before the exam, as a full bladder helps to lift the uterus and provides a clearer image.
  • Avoid urinating just before the exam, as a full bladder is needed for the ultrasound.
  • Inform the technician of any medications you are taking, as some can affect the results of the ultrasound.
  • If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to ask them to the technician before the exam.


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