After confirming your pregnancy test is positive, we will schedule you for an ultrasound exam. Coweta Pregnancy Services offers free and confidential limited ultrasound examinations. Ultrasounds are provided by medical professionals, usually registered nurses, trained in these procedures.
What An Ultrasound Does
An ultrasound is also known as a sonogram. Although it seems strange to create a picture with sound waves, that is exactly what an ultrasound does. It is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture an image from inside your body.
One of our nurses applies a lubricating gel to your stomach. A hand-held device called a transducer is rubbed over the gel on your skin. This device sends sound waves into your body, collects the echoes that bounce back, and creates an image on a computer screen from those echoes.
The Reasons You Need an Ultrasound
An ultrasound is essential whether you are considering abortion or continuing with your pregnancy. You need answers to three fundamental questions. Plus, our ultrasound service is free. Why not get as much information as possible as you figure out your next step?
A positive pregnancy test alone will not tell you if your pregnancy is viable (able to continue). One in four pregnancies ends in natural miscarriage. An ultrasound will let you know if you’ve experienced a miscarriage or if the pregnancy is still growing.
Also, our limited ultrasounds let you know approximately how many weeks you are into your pregnancy. Since a baby’s heart begins to beat between 21-24 days after conception, the fetal heart rate can be measured. If you are thinking about abortion, you will need to know the date of conception to determine what type of abortion is available.
Finally, you need to determine if the pregnancy is located in your uterus. It is possible for your pregnancy actually to implant somewhere other than your uterus. This is known as ectopic pregnancy and is extremely dangerous to your health.
Your Next Step
Once you have all of the above information, it is time to look at your options. Believe it or not, you have more than one. Here at Coweta Pregnancy Services, we believe in empowering you with accurate information about all of your options. We want to support you through this decision-making process. We are here to answer questions, offer guidance, and give you the confidence to make your own decision.