If there is a date that the couple eagerly awaits after discovering they are pregnant, it is the first ultrasound in pregnancy. The concern in knowing if everything is going well with your puppy, if your little heart is already beating in an expected way and if the gestational evolution is running in anticipation are some of the anxieties of the future dads, who break up and shed tears when watching first image of your child and listen for the first time to the heartbeat of your most precious asset.
Ultrasound in pregnancy or ultrasound and ultrasound as they are also called by specialists is an examination that, through sound waves, it is possible to visualize the baby, placenta, uterus and all its extension. Through it it is possible to check the progress of fetal development and gestational health, remembering that it is a totally peaceful and non-invasive examination and that you may even have companions to attend this very special moment. Of course, for dads and family members, ultrasound during pregnancy is just an opportunity to see the new member of the family and very lucky to go out with a little photo in hand to show to friends, but in fact the exam is to check the fetal development , week by week.
As radiation from examinations such as radiography and tomography must be avoided so that risks to the baby’s health are not generated, ultrasound is the most recommended exam for prenatal care. In addition to having an affordable cost to the population, it does not pose risks to the fetus. At the first prenatal consultation, the obstetrician will request the performance of tests such as blood, urine tests and whatever is important and with them, the first ultrasound in pregnancy will be requested. However, the exam is not indicated to be performed in the first weeks of pregnancy, because the fetal evolution together with your heartbeat may not be well visualized if done early, causing great concern for dads.
The indication by obstetricians is that the pregnant woman wait until completing the 7th week to be able to perform the first ultrasound in pregnancy. As of this gestational week, it is already possible to analyze the gestational sac, measurements of the embryo and the vitelline vesicle and listen clearly to your heartbeat. In this first ultrasound, the embryo measurements will show the gestational age and also the number of embryos, in the case of twin pregnancies or more.
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How is the First Ultrasound in Pregnancy Performed?
As already mentioned, the ultrasound exam is totally painless and not invasive, but if performed in the first weeks of pregnancy until the 11th week, it is performed differently from the conventional abdominal method where the gel is used to facilitate and slide the device during the procedure. As the embryo is still very small, the correct way to perform it is through transvaginal ultrasound .
Transvaginal ultrasound or endovaginal ultrasound is performed with the introduction of an appropriate probe covered with a condom and lubricating gel. The procedure is completely painless, but it can be a little uncomfortable for some women. To reduce discomfort during the first ultrasound in pregnancy, it is advisable for the woman to completely empty her bladder, avoiding these discomforts. The process is fast, safe and very simple and it is possible to provide all the information about fetal development to start the great trajectory until the day of birth. The first ultrasound in pregnancy is actually the starting point for a great journey, many emotions and great transformations. It is the beginning of a new story that is starting, so really enjoy it !!
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.