When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you likely have a lot of questions. Perhaps you feel scared or fearful. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, and you deserve to have all of the facts before making a decision.
If you’re thinking about having an abortion, it is important that you get an ultrasound before undergoing the procedure. An ultrasound safeguards the health of the mother and allows the provider to learn about important pregnancy details. Below are some examples of why you’ll want to schedule an ultrasound:
1 Check for Viability or Miscarriage
It is important to check the viability of your pregnancy via an ultrasound. Some pregnancies end in miscarriage, so it is crucial to check to see if your pregnancy is viable or nonviable. An ultrasound can detect cardiac activity and give your provider important information about your pregnancy.
2 Determine Your Gestational Age
According to the FDA, medical abortion is only approved for women who are up to ten weeks pregnant. If you are further along than ten weeks, then you’ll have a surgical abortion instead. Receiving an ultrasound is the best way for your provider to determine your gestational age, as well as for you to see which procedure is available to you.
3 Check for Ectopic Pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus, such as in one of the fallopian tubes. If left untreated, ectopic pregnancies can be very dangerous and threaten the mother’s life. An ultrasound is the only way to determine whether you have an ectopic pregnancy, or if your pregnancy is located in the uterus.
Have More Questions?
If you already know that you are pregnant, it is important to confirm your pregnancy details with an ultrasound and ensure that you are in the best possible health. At LaVie Pregnancy Care Center, we offer pregnancy tests and ultrasounds that are at no cost to you.
We can also speak with you about your pregnancy options. You are not alone! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.