After a positive pregnancy test, your next step is to confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound. At PRC Grand Rapids, we offer a free ultrasound to women facing unplanned pregnancies (some restrictions apply) to give them the information about their pregnancy that is critical to choosing how they go forward in their journey.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is an imaging procedure that uses high-frequency soundwaves to project a visual of your pregnancy onto a screen. It is a non-surgical procedure and it requires no recovery time after your appointment. Depending on how early in your pregnancy you receive an ultrasound, different types of ultrasounds may be necessary to get a clear image of the pregnancy. Many women are familiar with abdominal ultrasounds, with the ultrasound imaging tool placed over the lower stomach. If it is very early in your pregnancy, your sonographer will need to perform a transvaginal ultrasound to get a better image of the pregnancy.
Why do I need an ultrasound?
Ultrasounds are used to confirm your pregnancy after a positive pregnancy test. During your ultrasound, your sonographer will locate the pregnancy and ensure that it has implanted in the uterus. If the pregnancy is located outside of the uterus, it is considered an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies cannot be safely carried to term and can be life-threatening. During your ultrasound, your sonographer will also try to determine how far along the pregnancy is and if there is a detectable heartbeat. If no heartbeat can be detected, then it is still very early in the pregnancy and it is possible you may still naturally miscarry.
What are my next steps?
After an ultrasound, it is time to start considering your options. At PRC Grand Rapids, we are here to discuss all your options without judgment. We offer up to date information about parenting, adoption, and abortion. Our staff is here to answer any questions you may have to help you make an educated and informed decision when it comes to your unplanned pregnancy.
Make an appointment today for your free ultrasound!