What to Expect With An Ultrasound at Sylacauga OB-GYN

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What to Expect With An Ultrasound at Sylacauga OB-GYN

Throughout your pregnancy, you will have regular appointments with your doctor at Sylacauga OB-GYN to make sure things are progressing as they should be. While every appointment is important, there’s nothing more exciting than one that involves having an ultrasound and the chance to actually see images of your baby. 

This often comes with a little anxiety as well though, so we want our patients to know what to expect at ultrasound appointments.

What Is An Ultrasound & Why We Do Them

An ultrasound uses sound waves that bounce through the body and return in echoes. These echoes are transformed into images using a specialized tool called a transducer. You can view ultrasound images as pictures on a video screen, which allows us to monitor pregnancy in expecting mothers. 

The images from ultrasounds provide vital information to you and to us as your doctors. This exam can answer many questions, such as determining gestational age and identifying developmental milestones.

A standard ultrasound exam provides information, such as:

  • Fetal position
  • Fetal size and weight
  • Location of placenta
  • Number of fetuses
  • Fetal movement, breathing and heart rate
  • Fetus sex

We can also determine your baby’s gestational age during a standard ultrasound exam and identify physical development milestones and congenital anomalies. There may be times when we perform a limited ultrasound exam to answer specific questions about your pregnancy, like fetal heart rate and position within the uterus.

When will you have your first ultrasound?

At Sylacauga OB-GYN, we perform at least two ultrasound exams for our pregnant patients. Your first one will be performed transvaginally. Transvaginal ultrasounds provide the most precise pictures and allow our team to accurately date the pregnancy in the first trimester.

For the second exam and any after that, we will typically use an obstetric ultrasound. We perform this ultrasound abdominally to examine your baby’s sex, growth, placenta, fluid, and potential anatomic anomalies. We usually perform this second ultrasound between 18 and 20 weeks.

What’s the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasounds?

Both 3D ultrasounds and 4D ultrasounds use the same sound wave technology to create images; however, they provide different results. 3D ultrasounds create a still image of your baby that is three-dimensional. On the other hand, 4D ultrasounds can capture movement, allowing you to see your baby kick, smile, yawn, open their eyes, and more.

At our office, both 3D and 4D ultrasounds are used for elective, recreational purposes. They are not intended for diagnostic purposes. The optimal time for a 4D ultrasound is between 28 and 32 weeks. Many people do decide to have a 4D ultrasound because it is a more intimate experience than traditional ultrasounds, more like a movie. 

Who performs the ultrasounds and where?

Both 3D and 4D ultrasounds are conveniently performed right here in our office. There’s no need to go all the way to Birmingham or even another local location. We have a knowledgeable, certified team of ultrasound technicians and obstetricians who perform ultrasound exams. We are committed to providing the highest quality healthcare for mothers, and we do so in a safe and comfortable environment.

Are ultrasounds safe?

Yes! Studies show that 3D and 4D ultrasounds are safe, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has concluded the same. They are not linked in any way to cancer, birth defects, or any potential developmental delays. 


Sylacauga OB-GYN is the premier provider of obstetric and gynecological services in Sylacauga, Alexander City, Talladega, and the surrounding areas. From your first exam to your new little one’s delivery, our staff and providers are here to make your journey as smooth as possible. At Sylacauga Obstetrics & Gynecology, we are ready to answer your questions, provide support, and guide your process during your baby’s growth! 

No need to drive to Birmingham to receive a superior quality of care for you and your impending bundle of joy. We are big town doctors with small-town care! Check out our website or give us a call at 256-487-9346 for more information or to schedule an appointment. For more information about healthy pregnancies, delivery options, and more, give us a call or email us at [email protected]