An obstetrical ultrasound is done to visualize the baby, fluid and placenta. It can be done through the abdomen but occasionally a vaginal ultrasound will provide better images of the pregnancy. It is a medical exam of your baby that does not use x-rays, but rather sound waves. No dangerous fetal effects or birth defects have been reported with its use for diagnostic purposes. The procedure is performed by sonographers and/or the physician and all the images are reviewed by the physician.
Common reasons for performing an ultrasound include dating, evaluation of the baby to detect any birth defects, evaluation of the placenta, fetal sex determination, measurement of the cervix and others. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) discourages the use of ultrasound for recreational purposes. However, if possible, we are happy to provide you with images of your little angel.