What To Expect From Your First Ultrasound Appointment

Seeing your baby for the first time is a fantastic experience. You may have seen pictures of ultrasounds before, but nothing can prepare you for the moment you see your own baby on the screen. It’s one of the most memorable moments of your pregnancy.

However, many parents are wary of ultrasound appointments because they don’t know what to expect. This guide on what to expect from your first ultrasound appointment will help you understand the basics of your appointment.

What Is an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to create an image of your baby. Ultrasounds are painless, and they have no side effects. Doctors have used ultrasound technology for pregnancies since the 1960s; it is completely safe for both the mother and baby.

During your first ultrasound appointment, your doctor will use the ultrasound to:

  • Check if your baby is developing normally
  • Determine your due date
  • Determine the position of your placenta
  • Detect multiple babies
  • Look for any birth defects

Many new moms expect some pain during an ultrasound, but there’s no need to worry. The gel used during the ultrasound is only slightly warm, and it doesn’t cause any discomfort.


Types of Ultrasounds

There are two main types of ultrasounds: abdominal and vaginal.

  • Abdominal ultrasound: This type of ultrasound is most common during the first trimester. The ultrasound probe is placed on your stomach and takes images from outside the body.
  • Vaginal ultrasound: This type of ultrasound usually happens during the second trimester. The ultrasound probe is placed in the vagina and takes images inside the body. This type of ultrasound provides a better view of the baby than an abdominal ultrasound.

When To Get Your First Ultrasound

Most doctors recommend getting an ultrasound during the first trimester, between weeks 10 and 12. This time frame is the best time to detect any birth defects. However, you may have your first ultrasound earlier or later in your pregnancy, depending on your health and the doctor’s recommendations.

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may need to get more than 1 ultrasound. Your doctor will let you know if you need to schedule additional ultrasounds.

How To Prepare for Your First Ultrasound

No special preparation is needed for your first ultrasound. You can eat and normally drink before your appointment. If you have a vaginal ultrasound scheduled, you may want to empty your bladder before the appointment. This will give your doctor a better view of the baby.

Ultrasounds are safe and painless. They’re valuable tools that help doctors monitor a baby’s development. Now that you know what to expect from your first ultrasound appointment, if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor. They’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and help you along your journey to motherhood.


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