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Why You Should Get An Early Ultrasound

 

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Estimate Gestational Age

An early ultrasound is a more accurate way of estimating gestational age, knowing how far along you are is an important component of making a decision regarding your pregnancy.

Be More Accurate

We have seen that using the date of your LMP  (last menstrual period) to estimate how far along you are can be extremely inaccurate, even up to a few months difference.

It Can Reveal the Unexpected

For example if you are expecting twins.

Get Your Answers

An ultrasound can give you the answers you need in order to make your decision.

Take a Glimpse Inside Your Body

An ultrasound gives you a unique and accurate glimpse inside your body.

Miscarriage rates vary considerably according to maternal age and how far along the pregnancy is, though it is estimated that between 10% and 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.

 An early ultrasound can play an important role in detecting miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

Ectopic Pregnancy vs. Miscarriage

An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition that requires early diagnosis and effective intervention. 

A miscarriage is the loss of the pregnancy before 20 weeks.

In either scenario, it is essential that you are assessed as quickly as possible and receive the best care. An ultrasound is a critical part of that assessment. Having a miscarriage is certainly not easy but going through the loss of the pregnancy may be less traumatic physically and emotionally than having a surgical procedure to end the pregnancy. 
Having an ultrasound is often a brief moment of calm in the storm of a crisis pregnancy, allowing you time to breathe and consider your options.