OB Ultrasound: What you need to know.
If there is one doctor’s appointment you especially look forward to when you’re pregnant, it’s your first ultrasound appointment!
An obstetrics ultrasound gives you and your doctor your first look at that tiny little human growing inside of you, as well as monitors the baby’s growth throughout pregnancy.
An ultrasound is a painless diagnostic test that relies on sound waves, and most people typically have at least two sonograms or ultrasounds during their pregnancy – one in the first trimester and one in the second trimester.
The first trimester ultrasound is used to locate the position of the fetus and placenta and to establish a heartbeat. This is a transvaginal ultrasound where a probe is gently inserted into the vagina.
The second trimester ultrasound is where you will see the first real profile of your baby. This ultrasound checks on brain and organ development and measures growth. A lubricant is placed on your belly to allow for easy movement of the transducer probe. This is an external exam.
Obstetric ultrasounds are also used to identify any potential health problems that may need to be addressed prior to or at birth.
The best part of your obstetrics ultrasound is getting to see your baby on a monitor while the sonographer performs the exam. And of course, taking the first pictures home!
Schedule Your Obstetric Ultrasound at AAR!
At AAR, our commitment to quality doesn’t stop with state-of-the-art technology, education, training, and quality measurements; our warm and caring staff put patient comfort and wellbeing at the forefront.
To schedule your appointment call 703-824-3260 or request an appointment online.