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Fetal Ultrasound: What to Expect During Your Appointment

Approved By: Dr. Amulya R April 04, 2024 | 10:09 am

Pregnancy is a joyful experience. What’s better is knowing that you and your baby are in the pink of health during these 9 months. Ultrasound scans during pregnancy tell you just that.

If you are heading out for your first pregnancy scan, you might have mixed emotions- a lot of excitement and a bit of anxiety. You may be excited to see an image of your baby for the first time and anxious at the same time, about the well-being of your little one.

These feelings are completely natural and the best thing you can do is to prepare yourself before you go in for your early pregnancy scan.

Here’s what you can expect during your scan appointment

Tete-a-tete with your gynecologist

When you go in for your scan appointment you will first have a consultation with your gynecologist. Your doctor will make you feel comfortable and let you know what kind of scan procedure you will undergo. Feel free to ask your doctor any doubts or questions that you may have.

What Type of scan to expect

Depending on your doctor’s advice, you may have a transvaginal scan or abdominal scan.

These scans help the doctor determine the health of your baby and your overall well-being during your pregnancy.

Ultrasound preparations

There is generally no elaborate preparation for an ultrasound scan. You will be led into the scanning room which may be slightly dimly lit to provide better visuals on the screen.

Either a sonographer or your gynecologist will do the scan. In case of an abdominal scan, a gel will be rubbed over your abdomen. This gel helps to generate better sound waves.

The gel is a water-soluble liquid and does not stain your clothes. You can easily wipe off the gel once your scan is complete. You can expect a cold feeling on your abdomen when the gel is applied.

The transducer or instrument is then slid across your abdomen while the pictures of your baby get reflected on the screen.

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What an ultrasound scan during your pregnancy can tell you

If you are going in for your first pregnancy scan, the scan can detect the gestational age of your pregnancy and determine an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

Also, scans can detect the heartbeat of the foetus and determine other important information about your pregnancy.

If you are going in for a later pregnancy scan, your gynecologist may take measurements of your baby to determine if the growth parameters are on par with the gestational period.

Ultrasound scans can give you mammoth information during your pregnancy. Technological advancements have also made it possible to obtain 3D imaging of your baby during ultrasound scans.

Here’s some more information, a scan during your pregnancy can reveal

• Gestational age of foetus and tentative due date
• Heartbeat
• Determine twins or more
• Miscarriage
• Baby’s movements
• Blood circulation in blood vessels
• Amniotic fluid
• Development of organs and bones
• Placenta position
• Baby’s position and other important information about the mother’s and baby’s health.

Ultrasound scans are a wonderful experience, giving the parents-to-be a joyful peek into the life of their soon-to-be-born baby.

However, sometimes the doctor may come across an issue that may not be in line with the prescribed parameters. In such a case, your doctor will guide you accordingly.

Scan types

Anomaly Scan

Depending on the stage of your pregnancy you will be advised to go in for an anomaly scan. Anomaly scans are usually done between the 18th and 22nd week of your pregnancy. This scan checks the development of the fetus and determines any anomaly in the pregnancy.

In case of any anomaly, a good fetal medicine specialist in Bangalore can advise you on the best maternal fetal medicines.

Ensuring the best health for the mother and baby during pregnancy is of utmost importance. A fetal medicine specialist in Bangalore can keep certain pregnancy-related issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure under control.

Doppler scan during pregnancy

Many times your doctor may suggest a Doppler scan during pregnancy. A Doppler scan ascertains the flow or circulation of blood in the baby and the uterus. The Doppler scan can also detect fetal heart conditions.

Conclusion

Kinder Women’s Hospital and Fertility Centre in Bangalore is a complete maternity and baby care centre, providing state-of-the-art facilities for the best care for the mother and baby.

We have well crafted packages for all moms-to-be, including futuristic birthing centres and neo-natal care for newborn babies.

At Kinder Women’s Hospital and Fertility Centre in Bangalore, we provide world-class facilities with international standard amenities and conveniences. We have on board a team of the best gynecologists and fetal medicine specialists in Bangalore.

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