It may also be possible to determine the gender of your baby during this ultrasound.

Several factors, such as the stage of pregnancy and position of the fetus, will influence the accuracy of the gender prediction.

Most often used during the early stages of pregnancy.

The long-term effects of repeated ultrasound exposures on the fetus are not fully known.

It is recommended that ultrasound only be used if medically indicated. The heartbeat may not be detected for reasons that include: tipped uterus, larger abdomen, or inaccurate dating with last menstrual period.

Ultrasound dating of conception is not reliable for determining paternity because the ultrasound can be off by at least 5-7 days in early pregnancy.

You may have an ultrasound between 18 to 20 weeks to evaluate dates, a multiples pregnancy, placenta location or complications.

Because ultrasound should only be used when medically indicated, many healthy pregnancies will not require an ultrasound.

The average number of ultrasounds varies with each healthcare provider.

There are basically seven different ultrasound exams, but the basic process is the same.

The different types of procedures include: Transvaginal Scans – Specially designed probe transducers are used inside the vagina to generate sonogram images.

An ultrasound exam is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a woman’s abdomen and pelvic cavity, creating a picture (sonogram) of the baby and placenta.