If you are uncertain about which choice to make regarding your pregnancy or are thinking about abortion, we recommend that you have a free of charge limited ultrasound to answer some of these questions regarding your pregnancy: How far along am I? Does my pregnancy appear viable (the baby has a heartbeat)? Is my pregnancy growing inside the uterus? Finding out these answers allows you to more thoroughly explore the risks and benefits of your options.
The PRC offers limited ultrasound examinations by qualified and trained, license and/or registered medical professionals for purposes of confirming an intrauterine pregnancy, detecting fetal cardiac activity, and estimating gestational age.
To access this service, you first need to schedule a pregnancy test and consultation appointment. If your test is positive and you're estimated to be 6 weeks along or more with no medical exclusions (such as vaginal bleeding or significant cramping), you will then be scheduled for an ultrasound appointment.
Reference: Information on this page gathered from referenced and reviewed articles on the Mayo Clinic website.
Ask the Nurse
Q: Why do I have to drink so much water before my ultrasound appointment?
A: Having a full bladder during your abdominal ultrasound allows us to obtain the best ultrasound "picture" images of your pregnancy.
Q: Why does the PRC recommend I have an early ultrasound if I have a positive pregnancy test? or Why do I need an early ultrasound if I don't plan to continue the pregnancy?
A: A positive pregnancy test means you have the pregnancy hormone in your body, but does not tell you how the pregnancy is progressing. Learning as much information as possible about your pregnancy can help you make an informed decision about your body. An early ultrasound answers these questions: Is the pregnancy growing in the right place? Does the fetus/baby have a heartbeat? What is my estimated due date? and How far along am I?
Q: Can I bring family, friends, or the father of my baby to my ultrasound appointment?
A: Yes. We encourage you to bring the people in your life who are supporting you in your pregnancy journey. To protect your confidentiality, a brief history will be taken and initial ultrasound measurements for the Doctor will be done in private. Then your support person(s) will be invited to join you in the ultrasound room.
Q: When I have my ultrasound at the PRC can I learn the sex of my baby?
A: The sex of a baby is determined at the time of conception, but you'll have to wait until your 18-20 week ultrasound before the sonographer can predict what it will be. The ultrasound we perform at the PRC is too early to determine the baby's sex.
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