You should get at least one ultrasound during your pregnancy
Expecting mothers are required to go for ultrasound appointments at least once during pregnancy. Depending on the state of your pregnancy, your doctor may order more ultrasounds if she detects something amiss in your previous ultrasound or blood test. You can also get ultrasounds done for recreational reasons, such as determining the gender of your baby.
Ultrasound technology is generally safe for you and your baby, but medical professionals tend to advise against the use of ultrasounds for purposes other than the assessment of your baby’s health.
Get ready for your ultrasound appointment
During your first and second trimester, you may be required to show up with a full bladder. It’s a little uncomfortable, but it helps the ultrasound machine to get a clearer image of the fetus and your reproductive organs. Drink about 3-5 cups of water an hour before your appointment to ensure that you get the most accurate result as possible.
Here’s what you can expect during each trimester
Your period is mighty late, your boobs are tender, and you feel super tired. You take a pregnancy test and boom—two vertical lines! Congratulations, you’re a mom-to-be!
Time to get your pregnancy validated by an ob-gyn. During your ultrasound appointment, your ob-gyn will listen for your baby’s heartbeat, and by doing so, estimate its age, due date, and set the first and subsequent milestones for the rest of your pregnancy.
Read about pregnancy ultrasounds in your first trimester in detail.
By this time, you’ll look like a legit pregnant woman; not someone who’s been enjoying too much cake. This is the time when you’ll get a thorough ultrasound, which will give you a good, long look at your baby.
Your ob-gyn will check for signs of abnormalities in your baby’s heart, brain, kidneys, and liver. She’ll also look for other potential birth defects, measure your amniotic fluid level, and examine the placenta. This is also the time when you get a 3D glimpse of your baby, just like the movies.
Most mothers don’t necessarily need a third ultrasound. It’s just a final session to address concerns that you may have, such as the health of the placenta and development of your baby’s growth. This is particularly important, especially if you’re overdue. In this case, your ob-gyn may pencil you down for another ultrasound to make sure everything is well.
You’ll be fine!
Ultrasounds are perfectly normal; you have nothing to worry about. They’re just like regular doctor appointments where you get to monitor the development of your baby. Not only is it reassuring to see your baby move on-screen, but it can also be very emotional for you and your husband—in a good way!
Are you a new mother? Learn how to prepare for your first ultrasound here: https://abbottnutrition.com.my/pregnant-mom/prepare-ultrasounds-firsttrimester