Ultrasound procedures. How do you prepare?
Ultrasound procedures are fairly simple and straight forward. Ultrasound in early pregnancy is used to monitor the development of the baby and the well being of the mother to be. To prepare for an examination, You should wear loose clothing and no jewelry. You will most likely wear a hospital gown during the examination. For a pregnant woman, it usually is performed at 20 weeks.
A clear gel is applied over the belly of the woman. This is done to make better images, because ultrasound works best through liquids.
is the moved over the area to show the fetus and reproductive organs. Sometimes, but not commonly the doctor may opt for an internal exam. The probe is inserted into the vagina and is known as a
It is done to confirm that the placenta is healthy and attached normally and the the baby is normal and in the right position, and that it is not a
or that it is not ectopic
( the embryo implants somewhere other that the uterus, such as the fallopian tubes ).
It is done to find out the gender, amount of
heartbeat, and the baby's expected weight at birth. Ultrasound can also tell if you are having