Visit a Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula imaging center that offers pregnancy ultrasounds to receive this safe test that checks your unborn baby’s health.
When and why to get a scan
Getting a fetal ultrasound can be an exciting time for you and your family.
Doctors usually recommend a routine ultrasound around 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy to:
- Help determine your due date
- Give you an early look at your baby and check their well-being, growth, and sex
You can rest assured that there are no known risks or side effects of this test.
Types of ultrasounds
Pregnancy ultrasounds are most commonly performed trans-abdominally. This means the ultrasound wand, or transducer, is pressed on the belly. The device uses soundwaves to create images of the inside of the womb (uterus) that appear on a screen.
In some cases, the ultrasound technologist may recommend a transvaginal ultrasound so the images are clearer. The technologist will gently place a special transducer in the vagina to create pictures from a different angle than an abdominal ultrasound.
What to expect
During the exam, you'll be able to see your baby move in real time and listen to your technologist's observations. You'll receive a report to take home. Ask your technologist if you can have pictures to take home and share with your loved ones, too.