After a positive pregnancy test, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. We are here to help you through this and to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding your unplanned pregnancy. An ultrasound is necessary to determine critical pieces of information to consider when assessing the outcome of your pregnancy. My Life Clinic offers free and confidential ultrasounds after a positive pregnancy test at our center. If you think you might be pregnant, reach out to us today.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is an imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to project a visual of your uterus. This visual will show up on a screen that you can see during your appointment. The ultrasound tech will be able to visually confirm the pregnancy, determine how far along you are and whether there is a fetal heartbeat, and ensure the pregnancy is located in the uterus.
What does an ultrasound do?
The goal of an ultrasound is to give you more information that is critical to the decision-making process going forward. First, your ultrasound tech is looking to confirm your pregnancy by locating it and giving you a visual. When it comes to an unplanned pregnancy, you want to be sure that you are actually pregnant and have a viable pregnancy before jumping to any decision.
Your ultrasound tech will then try and detect a heartbeat. Whether or not a heartbeat is detected changes your options going forward. If no heartbeat is found, then it could be too early in the pregnancy to detect or it could be a possibility that you might miscarry.
They will also measure the fetus and compare it to the estimated conception date to determine how far along the pregnancy is, as well as ensuring that the pregnancy implanted in the uterus. If the pregnancy implanted somewhere other than the uterus, like in the Fallopian tubes, it is considered an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies do not allow enough room for the fetus to grow and will not be able to be carried to term.
What are my next steps?
After a positive pregnancy test and an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy, it is time to begin considering your options going forward. Whether you are considering parenting, adoption, or abortion, our staff at My Life Clinic are here to provide you with accurate and updated information about all of your options.
If you think you may be pregnant, make your appointment today for your free and confidential pregnancy test and ultrasound.