How to Prepare for Your First Pregnancy Ultrasound

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You’re pregnant and eagerly waiting to see your little one for the first time. Your first pregnancy ultrasound is a momentous occasion, and with a little preparation, you can make the most of this exciting experience.

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a safe and painless imaging test that uses sound waves to create pictures of your baby inside your uterus. It allows your healthcare provider to assess your baby’s growth and development, determine the baby’s due date, and check for any potential problems.

When to schedule your first ultrasound

The timing of your first ultrasound may vary depending on your individual circumstances and your healthcare provider’s recommendations. Typically, the first ultrasound is scheduled between 6 and 8 weeks of pregnancy.

Preparing for your ultrasound

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your first pregnancy ultrasound:

Gather information

  • Medical history: Bring a list of all your current medications, allergies, and any previous medical conditions.
  • Questions: Write down any questions you have for your healthcare provider. This will help ensure you don’t forget anything during the appointment.
  • Insurance information: Bring your insurance card and any other relevant paperwork.

Dress comfortably

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to your abdomen.
  • Consider wearing a two-piece outfit, as you may need to undress from the waist down.

Eat and drink

  • You can eat normally before your ultrasound.
  • For transabdominal ultrasounds: Drink plenty of water (about 32 ounces) 1-2 hours before your appointment. This helps fill your bladder, which improves the image quality of your baby.
  • For transvaginal ultrasounds: Empty your bladder before your appointment.

Arrive early

Allow sufficient time to complete any necessary paperwork and relax before your ultrasound.

Bring a support person

Consider bringing your partner, family member, or friend for support and to share the excitement of this special moment.

Ask questions

Don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare provider any questions you have about the ultrasound or your pregnancy.

What to expect during your ultrasound

  • You will be asked to lie down on a comfortable exam table.
  • A gel will be applied to your abdomen or vagina, depending on the type of ultrasound being performed.
  • The ultrasound technician will move a handheld transducer over your abdomen or vagina, capturing images of your baby.
  • The technician will explain what you are seeing on the screen and answer any questions you have.

After your ultrasound

  • You will receive a copy of the ultrasound images and a report with the results.
  • Your healthcare provider will discuss the results of your ultrasound with you and answer any questions you have.
  • You may schedule your next prenatal appointment at this time.

Your first pregnancy ultrasound is a significant milestone on your pregnancy journey. By following these tips and preparing for your appointment, you can make the most of this special experience. Remember to ask questions, feel free to bring a support person, and enjoy this exciting moment!

Contact Women’s Resource Medical Center of Southern Nevada for Help

If you have any questions about your first pregnancy ultrasound or need assistance scheduling an appointment, please contact our women’s pregnancy center for a free appointment. We are here to support you every step of the way.