Ultrasounds

Downtown Pregnancy Center provides no-cost ultrasounds to women with positive pregnancy test results. Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves, which create images of the inside of the uterus and can provide crucial information about the pregnancy. A gel or lubricant is applied to help reduce static between the skin and the “wand,” which helps create a clearer picture.

 

The Purpose of An Ultrasound

Ultrasounds can tell you several things about the pregnancy. By examining the fetal development, technicians can provide an accurate estimate of how far along the pregnancy is. Ultrasounds are also used to detect a fetal heartbeat, which ensures the heart is beating normally based on fetal age. Additionally, ultrasounds can determine the location of the pregnancy, which is important in determining whether you have a chance of developing an ectopic pregnancy. If you are considering an abortion, please take advantage of a no-cost sonogram to determine if you have a viable pregnancy before undergoing a procedure which may be unnecessary.

 

Ectopic Pregnancy

A pregnancy is defined as ectopic when the fertilized egg implants in an area outside of the uterus; for example, the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancies are rare (approximately 1 in 50 pregnancies), but should be taken very seriously, as they can be life-threatening. A fetus developing outside of the uterus can damage organs and cause extreme blood loss.

 

Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy Include:

  • Sharp abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Excessive fatigue or dizziness

Should you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.

 

Miscarriage

Ultrasounds can also assess your risk of miscarriage. Approximately one in four pregnancies result in miscarriage, which can be caused by a variety of factors.

 

Causes of Miscarriages Include:

  • Infection
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Hormones
  • Immune system deficiencies
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Weakened cervix
  • Age
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • STIs/STDs

 

No matter what precautions are taken, every pregnancy carries a risk of miscarriage. That is why it’s so important to be aware of the symptoms, so you can act quickly should you begin to display any of them.

Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pregnancy-loss-miscarriage/symptoms-causes/syc-20354298

 

Contact Downtown Pregnancy Center today to schedule your no-cost ultrasound. *Must meet medical criteria.