When couples learn they are expecting, one of the first questions they ask is, “When can we see our baby?”
An ultrasound is a valuable tool employed to monitor your baby’s development. It is a painless test that uses high frequency sound waves that penetrate your uterus and return signals that are then interpreted into images of your baby. The procedure supplies the doctor with essential information pertinent to the baby in the womb.
With ultrasound we can:
• monitor and track the growth of your baby,
• detect if any abnormalities are present,
• determine if you are carrying twins,
• determine your due date,
• locate the placental position, and
• discover the sex of the baby.
During an early ultrasound, the baby’s heartbeat may be visible around seven weeks, but it’s not unusual to have problems viewing it. Do not be alarmed if your doctor asks you to return for a later scan. In this later scan, the doctor will be noting the changes in the pregnancy sac size, the developmental progress of the baby and the baby’s heartbeat.
In some instances, several scans may be necessary before your doctor can detect the baby’s current state and development. This uncertainty may be difficult for some women but unless otherwise instructed, this is a very normal condition.
Please feel free to ask questions you may have during and after your ultrasound. We understand how important it is for you to see for yourself how well your baby is doing.