Ultrasound in Pregnancy – When to Do it and Its Importance

A woman’s first reaction when she takes the positive, what is it? Think about doing the first ultrasound! But do not go thinking that it is that easy, you see, ultrasound in pregnancy is very important, it has its fundamental role to know if everything is ok with the mother and if the baby, if it is developing as it should, however, know when to do it and the because of each ultrasound that a woman does during pregnancy is fundamental.

How does Ultrasound Work?

The sound waves that the ultrasound device emits and these collide with the solid part of what lies ahead, thus forming images. This test is harmless for mom and baby so don’t worry if you need to do any more ultrasound during pregnancy, more than the amount indicated below.

What is the role of ultrasound in pregnancy?

Ultrasound is usually advised at the beginning of pregnancy for two reasons, to know if the pregnancy is in the right place or if it is an ectopic pregnancy , how long the pregnancy is and the number of fetuses . After the initial period, ultrasound is done to monitor the development of the fetus, the health of the placenta and to know if everything is as it should be at that gestational age. It is important to know, that the time is necessary for the first ultrasound. If done too early, it may not detect the pregnancy and then cause unnecessary concern in the pregnant woman.

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Melissa 6/7 weeks ultrasound

It is better that the calculation is done and the examination is indicated only after the 7th week of pregnancy , in that period you can already see the gestational sac , embryo (around 0.9 mm) and the vitelline vesicle that sometimes forms the placenta. at the beginning of pregnancy. If done early, the test can leave the woman frustrated and time does not seem to pass in this phase.

At the very beginning the exam can detect only the formation of a functional cyst and the thicker endometrium which are signs of pregnancy but not the pregnancy itself as a gestational sac and thus worrying the pregnant woman. Most cases of ultrasound when done before the hour are happy ending, with the right to a heartbeat and everything.

When to Do Ultrasound in Pregnancy?

A goal of prenatal care performed by the public health unit is to target 3 ultrasounds during pregnancy, 1 each trimester. This amount is considered ideal for detecting a problem and knowing if the baby is suitable for that gestational time. However, those with health insurance plans tend to do more ultrasounds, everything will depend on the doctor’s wishes. Some doctors have ultrasound done every month and it certainly makes many moms and dads happy because seeing the baby, even for a few minutes, comforts and brings the couple closer to the child that is yet to arrive. Currently, ultrasound exams in pregnancy are:

Ultrasounds and Indications

  • At 7 weeks : To know the gestational age and number of fetuses in cases of twin pregnancies.

  • At 12 weeks: Translucency Nucal , an exam that detects possible chromosomal problems in development such as down syndrome, for example.

  • At 20 weeks : morphological ultrasound , in this exam every minimum part of the baby is checked, from the basics such as size, gestational age to the number of fingers. It also checks the functioning of internal organs such as the bladder, stomach, heart and kidneys. The placenta is also examined in this ultrasound exam in pregnancy, maturation and position are essential to diagnose health.

  • At 27 weeks : To ascertain the maturity of the placenta, often with doppler, a technology that checks blood circulation and blood movement that brings oxygen and nutrients to the baby.

  • With 33 weeks : ultrasound that checks the amount of amniotic fluid  if the baby’s growth is adequate for gestational age and if it is already in a cephalic position, that is, turned upside down prepared for birth.

If any ultrasound exam in pregnancy does not change, do not worry , the doctor will certainly ask for a new evaluation and if necessary, steps can be taken with the baby still in the mother’s belly.

The usefulness of ultrasound also goes beyond the well-being of the mother and the baby, which mother does not get curious trying to know the sex of the baby even before the ideal? At 12 weeks you can get an idea of ​​the position of the fetal genital tubercle . The best time to see sex is from 16 weeks , but you are curious to know the sex of the baby with the ultrasound in pregnancy, send the photos or video in the email to me, I always guess! Besides, tricks for the baby to open his legs are valid, aren’t they? Drinking coffee, soda, ice water or chocolate 30 to 15 minutes before the exam can make the doctor’s guess easier!

3D and 4D ultrasound

Ultrasound 3 and 4 D in pregnancy is a way for parents to know more details of the baby’s face, it is no wonder that many moms leave even more emotional and passionate than before for their baby (as if it were possible) to see how it is your long-awaited baby and playing with who he looks like can be worth every penny of the money spent on ultrasound at this stage of pregnancy.

The best time to do 3 or 4D ultrasound is around 32 weeks . If done before, it may not show such a chubby baby, and after this period, the mother runs the risk of not seeing the baby in detail, as the space starts to get tighter and tighter in the womb. If not covered by the health plan, it can cost around R $ 100 for simple ultrasound, 2D and 3 or 4D can cost around R $ 250 to 600 reais depending on the location and state.

Author’s note: Anyway, whenever I was going to have an ultrasound my heart was beating hard, I think the ultrasound that touched me the most was the first, there that the record really fell that someone was alive inside me, that I was generating a new life . With each ultrasound I felt more alive and I was much more sure of the love for my babies, when it came time to know the sex it was a party! Haven’t you had an ultrasound yet? So don’t waste any more time, it’s a unique emotion!

Readers’ doubts

Is doing a lot of ultrasounds bad?

Many pregnant women have this doubt and concern, but doctors say they do not. Even recommending only 1 ultrasound per quarter.

Are there many errors in the ultrasound?

Yes, like any exam, there is a chance of errors even more when it comes to the ultrasound exam, which depends on the professional’s ability to interpret and provide the information in the report.

See also: First days of pregnancy – What are the symptoms at the beginning?

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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.

Dr. Alexis Hart

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.

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