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.
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.
For example if you are expecting twins.
An ultrasound can give you the answers you need in order to make your decision.
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.
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.
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