Ultrasound: Guide For First Time Moms

First time pregnancy is one of the scariest things a woman can encounter. It is scary because it is something new for you, meaning you have limited knowledge about it. Also as a mother, you want to give the highest possible love and care for the child in your womb, so that he can come out a healthy baby.

Though it feels frightening, you do not have to worry because there are a lot of ways to always keep your babys health in check. One of them is through ultrasounds. Ultrasounds are a necessity during pregnancy. Through this, the duration and any problems regarding the pregnancy can be identified.

There are different kinds of ultrasounds and the images that will emerge depend on what kind is used. 2D, 3D, 4D ultrasound baby images have distinctive differences. 2d scans are the usual blurry, black and grey images that we are used to seeing. If you want a clearer and more detailed image, the 3d and 4d scans will give you that. The 3d ultrasound gives a 3-dimensional image of the unborn baby, while the 4d ultrasound is responsible for the babys motion. So basically, the 3d and 4d ultrasound works together to capture images of babies in a womb.

As first time moms, you might want to get an idea on how pregnancy ultrasounds are done. There are actually two ways to do it. The first is by just simply lying down, while the sonographer places a water based gel on your belly, as well as your pelvis area. A probe will then be used to move around the area. Another way to do an ultrasound is by placing the probe through the vagina. This kind of ultrasound is also known as a transvaginal ultrasound.

Ultrasounds are done about two times. The first ultrasound is done immediately after you think or found out through a pregnancy test that you are pregnant. It is usually done during the 6-8 weeks of pregnancy. The second ultrasound happens during the middle of your pregnancy. You are about 18-20 weeks pregnant at that time. This time, you can see your baby longer and in more detail. Sometimes, a third trimester ultrasound is needed for other mothers, however it is not required. It is only done if there are other things that need to be monitored even after 20 weeks into pregnancy.

Finally, it may have occurred to you whether ultrasounds have any side effects. The answer is none, as long as it is done by a professional, and is only done for medical purposes. Growing a baby inside your womb is not an easy task, and no matter how much you prepare, your worry about your child will never be removed. Keep in mind that what you are feeling is normal. Your worry and fear is the product of the love and care a mother has for her child.