7 Questions You Should Ask About Your First Prenatal Ultrasound

If you suspect you are pregnant or know you are currently pregnant, chances are you will undergo a prenatal ultrasound to confirm pregnancy or check on the development of your baby. In this article, we will discuss what a prenatal ultrasound is and share some commonly asked questions about ultrasounds throughout pregnancy.

Before your first appointment, you should take some time and write down any specific ultrasound questions you have for your doctor. Below are a few examples of important questions you might ask your doctor before your upcoming prenatal ultrasound. 

Question #1: What is a prenatal ultrasound?

A prenatal ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves, transmitted through the abdomen using a device called a transducer to record video or photographs of your baby.

Question #2: What happens during a prenatal ultrasound?

Most prenatal ultrasound procedures are performed on the surface of the skin, using a conductive gel to produce higher image quality. Another method of prenatal ultrasound is the transvaginal ultrasound during which a probe is inserted into the vagina, which produces much more detailed and clearer images to view the uterus one’s ovaries if your doctor suspects there is an issue. 

Question #3: When should I get a prenatal ultrasound?

Women usually receive their first ultrasound between 6 and 9 weeks to confirm pregnancy. More in-depth ultrasounds are performed between 16 and 20 weeks to check on the baby’s development. 

Question #4: How long does the procedure last?

A prenatal ultrasound usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes. 

Question #5: What is the procedure used for?

Prenatal ultrasounds are used during pregnancy to show images of the baby, placenta, and ovaries. Sometimes, abnormalities or birth defects may be visible on an ultrasound. Your doctor or OBGYN can also use prenatal ultrasounds to determine the sex of the baby if the parent chooses to do so. Prenatal ultrasounds can also show your baby’s heart rate and heart function, as well as your baby’s position inside the uterus before birth to ensure it is safe. 

Question #6: Will a prenatal ultrasound expose me or my baby to radiation?

No, because prenatal ultrasounds use sound waves rather than ionizing radiation like X-rays, they will not expose you to radiation making them a safe method of imaging for both mother and baby. 

Where can I book a prenatal ultrasound in Manhattan?

Rosetta Radiology offers a large number of ultrasound services in Manhattan, including prenatal ultrasounds. Contact us today and book your appointment!