At LifeTalk Resource Center, limited obstetrical ultrasounds are performed to:
- Confirm pregnancy
- Detect fetal heartbeat
- Determine fetal age
- Determine due date
- Determine location of the pregnancy (intrauterine/ectopic)
The ultrasound examination will not diagnose gender, abnormalities, and/or problems.
What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasounds are examinations that use a device to bounce sound waves off of a developing fetus and create an image on a monitor; they can be used to help confirm pregnancy and transvaginal ultrasounds are, based on a study performed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, completely safe for both the developing child and mother. Instructions concerning your ultrasound will be issued to you by a LifeTalk nurse.