Ultrasounds can be an exciting part of pregnancy. They are quick and painless and help you see the development of your baby. Let the team at Banner Health help with any ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy.
Like any other ultrasound, a pregnancy ultrasound uses sound waves and not radiation. A pregnancy ultrasound can help doctors see if other tests need to be prescribed to assess the baby’s health.
A pregnancy ultrasound is used to see how your baby is progressing and growing throughout the pregnancy. Some expecting mothers have an ultrasound during their first and second trimester.
While a pregnancy ultrasound is used to check in on the baby’s health, there are several types of ultrasounds, such as:
Depending on the type of ultrasound you have, your doctor may ask you to drink water before the ultrasound. Consider wearing loose clothing if you’re unsure about which type of ultrasound you will be having.
This type of ultrasound is typically performed by your doctor at a Banner Health hospital or clinic but can also be performed at many Banner Imaging locations.
During the procedure, you will lie on your back and a cold gel will be applied to your lower abdomen. This will help the transducer slide easily across the abdomen when looking for the baby and to see the baby from different angles. Your doctor or technologist will then take pictures, known as sonograms, of your baby.
The main reason for an ultrasound during pregnancy is to see how the baby is progressing and if it is healthy. Additionally, an ultrasound can detect:
Ultrasounds have no known associated risks because they use sound waves and not radiation.
Banner Health’s experts are here to help throughout your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about ultrasounds.
Whatever your need, your doctor can refer you to one of our conveniently located free-standing imaging centers or one of our hospitals.