There are 3 ultrasounds that we consider important for evaluating your baby’s well being. These ultrasounds are the Dating, 1st Trimester Anatomy and the Full Anatomy.
Dating Ultrasound: Your first ultrasound is considered your dating ultrasound since it will usually confirm your baby’s due date. This ultrasound is usually done from 9 to 11 weeks of gestation. Confirming your baby’s due date is very important, since dates during your pregnancy determine times of testing, evaluation and delivery. During this ultrasound we will measure your baby, listen to your baby’s heartbeat and evaluate if you are having one or more babies. We will also evaluate your uterus, ovaries, placenta and sac that your baby is in.
1st Trimester Anatomy Ultrasound(Nuchal Translucency): This ultrasound is done at 11 to 13 weeks and is performed to evaluate the early development of your baby’s anatomy, such as heart, abdomen, brain, head, and extremities. This ultrasound may also be used to evaluate your baby’s risk of genetic anomalies by combining it with blood work. You may elect to have the blood work done to evaluate your baby’s risk.
Anatomy Ultrasound: The anatomy ultrasound evaluates your baby’s anatomy in detail. We may be able to detect growth or anatomy concerns with your baby during this ultrasound. If you are wishing to determine genetic concerns for your baby, it is best to complement this ultrasound with blood work. During this ultrasound you may elect to find out the sex of your baby or have the ultrasonographer put the sex of your baby in an envelope for personal revealing at times.
Alternative Ultrasounds: Other ultrasounds may be done for further evaluation of you and your baby´s well being dependant on concerns during your pregnancy, such as preterm labor or diabetes.
Biophysical Profile (BPP): BPP is done to evaluate your baby´s well being and placental functioning. It evaluates your baby´s fluid (amniotic fluid), your baby’s movement and tone and your baby´s breathing movement. This ultrasounds helps us determine if it is necessary to treat you and your baby with medications or when and how to deliver your baby. This test is frequently done for moms with diabetes, high blood pressure, large or small babies, decreased fetal movement, high and low amniotic fluid and signs of preterm labor. This test is usually done with an Non-Stress Test.
Cervical Length: This is usually done by internal (transvaginal) ultrasound and measures the length of your cervix. This ultrasound helps us determine your risk of delivering early and may help us decrease the chance of you delivering too early.
Limited Ultrasound: The limited ultrasound is done to evaluate concerns of bleeding, decreased fetal movement and growth of your baby.
3D and 4D Ultrasound: We may do 3D/4D ultrasound to evaluate your baby closer. We also enjoy seeing your baby with you and depending on your baby’s position and your body makeup we are happy to try and obtain images of your baby during your scheduled ultrasounds if possible.