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While there are milestone ultrasound appointments to confirm gestational age or fetal sex, there are only two types of pregnancy scans: transvaginal and transabdominal.

For those who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant and unsure what to expect, it’s helpful to understand what each type of scan entails and what can be confirmed or discovered via ultrasound for your pregnancy.

You can schedule a free pregnancy appointment and if you receive a positive test result, our medical staff will schedule an ultrasound appointment with you.

What to Expect In a Prenatal Ultrasound

Early in pregnancy, you may need a transvaginal ultrasound, where the sonographer inserts a lubricated transducer probe into your vagina to get a clear view of the embryo or fetus. A transvaginal ultrasound is similar to a pap smear experience, with you lying back with your feet in stirrups and removing clothing from the waist down.

If you’re further along, the sonographer will likely do an abdominal ultrasound instead. They will apply gel to your belly and move the transducer across your stomach, using sound waves to create images of the developing fetus. 

Both types of ultrasounds are painless and take around 30 minutes.

What Can I Expect from a Free Ultrasound?

At our center, we can provide a free ultrasound, which can include crucial details, such as the gestational age of the pregnancy, where the pregnancy is located (so you know whether or not it is ectopic), or whether or not the pregnancy is still viable (has a heartbeat & is progressing).

These details can affect your options and help you decide what your next step is for your pregnancy.

We provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to ask questions, learn more about your pregnancy, and get connected to local resources. While it may feel overwhelming, you are not without resources or support. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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