The day you know that you’re going to become a mother, that is one of the most exciting days in your lifetime. Isn’t it? You, your partner and the rest of your family are all happy with this news. But then the journey of happiness and challenges begin, at the same time.
In fact, your weekly doctor visits may be a filled with anxiety for you, but the day when your doctor suggests you to get the first ultrasound scan, that day is even more exciting for you. After all, in this way, you will get to see your baby, who’s sweetly curled up inside your womb.
But, the question that many of you, expectant mothers might often ask is, “When can I have my first ultrasound scan?”
Read on to find out the answers to your queries:
If You’ve Had Been Bleeding or Must’ve Had a Miscarriage
Especially within the first week of your pregnancy, your healthcare practitioner, will recommend you to undergo an early ultrasound. Maybe between six and ten weeks of your pregnancy. This is known as vaginal ultrasound as the scan through the vagina offers a clear picture of the baby, inside your womb. You might also alternately undergo an abdominal ultrasound, however, before going through the process talk to your healthcare practitioner about the type you’ll be going through.
If You Don’t Have Any Problem
Then you might have to undergo two ultrasound scans. The first one will be your dating ultrasound, booked between 10 weeks and 13 weeks of your pregnancy. During this scan, you will get to see the foetal anatomy of your baby – a much bigger picture. Basically, in this procedure, the sonographer will put gel on your belly, move a device with his or her hand, by placing on the skin of your belly, for you to see the entire view of your baby.
The Benefits of the First Ultrasound
- It can easily confirm the due date of pregnancy
- It can indicate whether yours is an ectopic pregnancy or pregnancy in the uterus
- It can detect the heartbeat of your would-be baby. It can even calculate the number of beats per minute
- It can measure the baby in your womb
- It can also tell if you are going to have twins – monochorionic twins (sharing the same placenta) or dichorionic twins (separate placenta)
Don’t miss the scans and keep yourself informed about your baby on the way.
Author Bio: Prapti Chauhan is a professor of Genetics in Bangalore. She has contributed to several online research papers. However, she passionately develops contents on pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, baby’s cord blood preservation, umbilical cord lining and more.