By now we assume you have had a positive, no-cost pregnancy test with We Care. You are probably still reeling from the news that you are unexpectedly pregnant.
Believe it or not, you need more information about your pregnancy before you move forward. Your next step is to have a limited obstetrical (OB) ultrasound.
What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound (also known as a sonogram) is the most widely used imaging method. Your nurse will apply a gel to your abdomen, this gel helps the conduction of sound waves. The nurse will use a hand-held device called a transducer. The transducer is moved around your abdomen. The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves, as the sound waves bounce back, an image is created on the screen for you and your nurse to see.
Why do I need an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound answers a few important questions. Whether you are considering an abortion or any other pregnancy decision, you need to get more information.
How far along am I?
The nurse will measure the pregnancy and estimate how far along you are. How far along the pregnancy is will impact your decisions and the type of abortion you can have. Knowing your estimated due date will help you plan for parenting or making an adoption plan.
Where is the pregnancy located?
During your ultrasound, your nurse will assess where your pregnancy is located. If the pregnancy has implanted outside the uterus, like in a fallopian tube or somewhere else besides the uterus, it is called an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are dangerous and cannot be safely carried to term. If this is the case your nurse will refer you to nearest medical facility to receive immediate medical attention.
Is the pregnancy viable?
During your ultrasound, the nurse can assess the viability of the pregnancy. Between 15-20% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. You can get a false pregnancy test result, days or even weeks after a miscarriage. Your nurse will assess if a heartbeat can be detected. If no heartbeat is detected this could signal that there is a problem with your pregnancy or that your pregnancy is still early. Your nurse will provide you with the appropriate referrals to confirm viability.
How Can We Help You?
If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy, an ultrasound can provide you with information that is necessary for your health and safety. Whichever pregnancy decision you choose, this information is an essential first step to your decision-making process.
We are happy to provide no-cost pregnancy testing and a limited obstetrical ultrasound to you at no cost.
Contact us to schedule a free appointment. We are ready to help you take this important next step.