Hello, soon-to-be-parents, and congratulations! Finding out you are expecting is one of the happiest and most joyous times in your life! Although it is an extremely exciting time, discovering you will soon have a little one to care for can also bring about the nervous thoughts like, “are we ready for this?” and “will I be a good mother/father?”
While we may not be able to answer these questions, we can provide answers for some other very important questions, such as why you should get an ultrasound before your second trimester. In case you were wondering, you should and here are five reasons why!
The first, and probably most important reason why (which is probably why it is number one!), is an ultrasound before your second trimester allows you to confirm the pregnancy. This first ultrasound, which normally takes place around 6-8 weeks, will not only let you know for certain that you are expecting, but it will also let you and your doctors know if the fetus is properly implanted and developing in the uterus. If there is an issue, an early ultrasound may be the reason why it was discovered.
The second reason why, and most tear-jerking, is to say hello to your developing bundle of joy! You will always remember the moment you saw your baby for the first time. The tears will come, but they will be happy tears! This big moment will always be remembered and it also makes for a great keepsake for the baby books that will one day be created to help remember the special moments like this.
In addition, an ultrasound before your second trimester also allows you to capture every milestone. For women who are unsure just how far along they are, an ultrasound is a great way to determine the gestational age of the fetus. In more simple terms, it will tell you how long you have been pregnant. Having this accurate information will give you a more accurate timeline of you pregnancy, which ultimately leads up to a more narrow due date range.
Another reason why you should get an ultrasound before your second trimester is to determine viability and to check for signs of a possible genetic complication. Also, an ultrasound will help point out if there are any potential risks for both mother and baby.
Lastly, an ultrasound before the second trimester allows the parents-to-be to plan for the future with their little one! An early ultrasound can let you know if you can expect multiples and this will give you plenty of time to plan for you new additions. If you find out that you are expecting twins, triplets, or more, the earlier the doctor knows the better because a pregnancy where multiples are involved can pose a slightly higher risk than normal pregnancy.
So, what are you waiting for? Call your doctor to schedule your ultrasound so you can benefit from the five reasons why you should have an ultrasound done before the second semester!
This post was written by Glenn Josephik. Glenn is an account representative and the marketing coordinator at MedCorp LLC
, the industry leader and premier business source for used portable ultrasound systems. You can follow Glenn Josephik on Google+