A standard exam also can determine physical development milestones, congenital anomalies and gestational age. A limited ultrasound exam is performed to answer specific questions about your pregnancy, like fetal heart rate or position within the uterus.
Risks of Ultrasound Exams
There are currently no risks to your pregnancy from ultrasound exams. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have concluded there are no links between ultrasounds and birth defects, development problems or childhood cancer.
However, it is important that ultrasounds be performed by medical professionals only to ensure no risk of injury to you or your baby.
Your First Ultrasound
Throughout your pregnancy, you can expect to have at least one ultrasound, which will determine your baby’s gestational age, heart rate, risk for genetic disorders, or any additional fetuses. This ultrasound is generally performed in the first 18-22 weeks of pregnancy.
However, at Sylacauga OB-GYN, we perform at least two exams during pregnancy. The first exam is to date the pregnancy and is performed transvaginally. Transvaginal ultrasounds provide the clearest pictures and ability to date a pregnancy in the first trimester.
The second ultrasound exam is to determine gender, growth, placenta, fluid and any potential anatomic anomalies.