Many parents are excited to know when their baby can be seen on ultrasound. Two methods of obstetrical ultrasound are performed. A transvaginal ultrasound, usually performed in the first trimester, requires the bladder to be empty and involves placing a narrow transducer into the vagina for better visualization of the early pregnancy. An abdominal ultrasound, which is usually performed in the second and third trimesters, requires a full bladder and involves placing the transducer over the abdomen and is used for visualizing the uterus and the fetus. You will be instructed on how to prepare for your exam at the time the appointment is scheduled.
We are able to gain information such as the estimated size of the fetus, rate of growth of the fetus, determine the number of fetuses, fetal position, and detect some birth defects.
Our information brochure "Meet Your Baby Early" provides information on the portrait options available to you.
To assist you in planning for your ultrasound, we do ask that you review our Guidelines for the Sonography Room prior to your visit.