At CPRC, we offer free limited ultrasounds to confirm viable pregnancies and determine how far along you are. All our ultrasounds are performed by registered nurses that have been trained as ultrasound technicians on up-to-date medical equipment. Each ultrasound is reviewed to ensure that we are providing the highest standards of care.
Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?
First and foremost, an ultrasound is used to confirm a positive pregnancy test. While our pregnancy tests are lab-quality and 99 percent accurate, it is always best to confirm with an ultrasound. When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you should be educated about all of your options. To know what options are available for you, an ultrasound offers vital insight into your pregnancy.
Gestational Age and Heartbeat
During your ultrasound, your nurse will measure your pregnancy and estimate how far along you are in pregnancy. This is important because your options are dependant on the gestational age of the pregnancy. Your nurse will estimate how far along your pregnancy is and then help you understand what options are available to you.
Your nurse will then see if there is a detectable fetal heartbeat. If there is not, then it is still very early in your pregnancy.
Where the Pregnancy is Located
During your ultrasound, the nurse will check to ensure the pregnancy has implanted your uterus. While uncommon, it is possible for the pregnancy to implant outside the uterus, like in the fallopian tubes. This is called an ectopic pregnancy and is not safe to carry to term. Outside of the uterus, there is not enough space for the pregnancy to grow. Ectopic pregnancies are dangerous and you should seek medical attention immediately.
Begin Considering Your Options
After a positive pregnancy test and ultrasound, it is time to begin considering your options. Our staff is here to help educate you about all of your options, including abortion, adoption, and parenting, so you can figure out what the best path is for you. Make an appointment today!