Both pelvic and abdominal ultrasounds require a full bladder. You'll need to drink a minimum of two full glasses of water — more is even better — around an hour before your scheduled ultrasound. Avoid emptying your bladder until the appointment is complete. A full bladder allows for a much better view of the uterus and other pelvic organs.
In most cases, the first pregnancy ultrasound is done between 18 and 20 weeks gestation. In some cases, an earlier ultrasound may be performed at about 12 weeks to verify due date. If you fall into a high risk category, you may need to have earlier and more frequent ultrasounds for the duration of your pregnancy.
A prenatal ultrasound is an exciting event for any mom. This ultrasound can reveal information including:
A pelvic ultrasound can be an important diagnostic tool. If Dr. Lauriston suspects any problems with your reproductive system, a pelvic ultrasound can help her diagnose the problem. A pelvic ultrasound may be performed if you have issues such as:
For a pelvic ultrasound, you'll relax on the exam table just as you would for a pelvic exam.
A transvaginal ultrasound probe is quite slender and won't cause pain upon insertion in the vagina. The probe is covered in a sterile plastic sheath and a tiny quantity of ultrasound gel is applied to the tip of the probe.
You'll simply lay still while the probe generates detailed images of your pelvic organs.
A pelvic ultrasound usually only takes a few minutes.
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