Still considering your pregnancy options?
FRCZ offers a limited OB Ultrasounds*
Following a positive pregnancy test at our center, the next step is to confirm the pregnancy with a no cost ultrasound. This additional step allows you to be sure you are pregnant. The ultrasound also provides crucial information that will help you make an informed pregnancy decision.
What is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless imaging procedure that uses high-frequency soundwaves to project an image of your pregnancy onto a screen. First the nurse applies a gel to your abdomen. Next, the nurse moves a wand, also known as a transducer, over and around your abdomen. Based on how the soundwaves bounce back, a projection of the uterus is created from the soundwaves and displayed on the ultrasound screen.
Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound confirms that you are pregnant. It provides necessary information when considering your pregnancy decision, whether abortion, parenting or creating an adoption plan. An ultrasound also answers several important questions: Where is the pregnancy located? Is the pregnancy viable?
Where Is the Pregnancy Located?
During your ultrasound, the nurse will assess the location of your pregnancy. If a pregnancy has implanted outside the uterus, such as in a fallopian tube, it’s called an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies cannot be safely carried to term. If left untreated, ectopic pregnancies can lead to the rupture of a fallopian tube, which can be a medical emergency. If the nurse cannot confirm an intrauterine pregnancy, appropriate healthcare referrals will be given to clients.
Is The Pregnancy Viable?
During your ultrasound at FRCZ, a nurse can assess the viability of the pregnancy. Between 10-20% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. 2 It is possible to get a false negative pregnancy test result day, or even weeks, after a miscarriage. A nurse will assess if a fetal heartbeat is detected and an intrauterine pregnancy exists.
Ultrasounds are performed by medical professionals trained in limited obstetric ultrasound. The scans will be read by a licensed practitioner. A confirmation of pregnancy cannot be made until after the scans are read by the practitioner.
How Can We Help?
Following your positive pregnancy test and ultrasound, it’s important to consider all available options. We’re here to provide medically-based, comprehensive information so that you can make an informed decision. We offer a place where you can ask questions, without judgement.
Call: 847-731-8360 or Text: 224-300-0860 us today to schedule a confidential appointment. We are ready to help you take this important next step.
*Eligibility criteria apply. Our services are not a substitute for prenatal care.