An ultrasound is an imaging technology that uses soundwaves to produce images of an unborn baby.
The providers at Panhandle Obstetrics and Gynecology use ultrasounds to monitor the growth and development of your baby throughout your pregnancy. Ultrasounds can also confirm how many babies you’re carrying and help the providers estimate your due date.
They use 4D ultrasound technology in-office that lets you see your baby as it grows. You will be able to see your baby’s features and their movements in real-time.
An ultrasound is a noninvasive test that Panhandle Obstetrics and Gynecology offer in-office. At your appointment, the providers apply a gel over your stomach to help the handheld ultrasound transducer glide over your skin without friction.
The transducer connects to a monitor that displays real-time images of your baby. Throughout your procedure, you can watch the monitor to see how your baby looks and how it moves.
The physicians evaluate several things about your baby’s growth and development during your ultrasound, such as:
For parents who want to know the sex of their baby before birth, the providers can use ultrasound images to determine if they’re having a boy or girl.
If you need genetic testing, the providers use ultrasound technology to guide a needle into the placenta to remove a sample of amniotic fluids.
While ultrasounds are a safe and effective way to monitor your baby’s growth and development, it’s important that you only have an ultrasound for valid medical reasons.
You can expect to have an ultrasound during your first trimester to confirm your pregnancy and estimate your due date.
The providers may request an ultrasound during your second and third trimesters to monitor your pregnancy. If you have any pregnancy complications, they may order more frequent ultrasounds to track your baby’s development.
To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an ultrasound, call Panhandle Obstetrics and Gynecology today or book an appointment online.