Posts for: June, 2017
Are you wondering why you need to continue to get ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy?
Finding out you are pregnant is such an exciting time, and yet there is so much to think about. If you are a first-time parent, chances are pretty good that you will have a lot of questions along the way. How often do I have to visit one of our Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, OBGYNs? How often will I get an ultrasound? What is the purpose of an ultrasound and other testing that I will undergo? We are here to answer these questions for you.
While you will have to see your Englewood and Lone Tree obstetrician more regularly once you find out you’re pregnant, it’s good to know that diagnostic procedures like ultrasounds are simple and completely painless. Most people think of visiting the doctor and immediately think they will get poked and prodded with needles. Ultrasounds, on the other hand, are pain-free.
The first ultrasound we perform is a great way to gather information about your baby, as well as check its growth and progress throughout the course of your pregnancy. It can also be used to detect the presence of multiple babies as well as to confirm a due date. Along the way, ultrasounds can also be used to detect certain health problems or defects, as well as to determine your baby’s gender (which can be an exciting moment for parents!).
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes during your pregnancy, you may also have to undergo serial ultrasounds to make sure the baby isn't getting too big. Ultrasounds, no matter why you are getting one, are completely safe for both you and your baby. This procedure is the best way to examine your little one’s development to make sure they are reaching all milestones and remaining healthy in utero.
Routine ultrasounds are performed at 6, 8, 12 and 20 weeks. After 20 weeks ultrasounds are performed as needed, at the discretion of the doctor.
We know that you will continue to have questions and concerns along the way and it’s important that you have a medical professional that you can turn to and trust. Call South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology in Englewood and Lone Tree, CO, today to schedule your first appointment. We aim to make your pregnancy as easy as possible on you!