Ultrasounds use sound waves to create images of bodily structures. Two types of ultrasounds can be used to monitor a pregnancy.

An abdominal ultrasound is non-invasive; the Registered Nurse Sonographer applies gel to your abdomen and places a transducer (a small, wand-like device) against your skin. A transvaginal ultrasound is typically performed in a very early pregnancy because it produces the clearest image. The transducer is gently inserted into your vagina, so it is invasive.

Whether you’re considering abortion, adoption, or parenting, you need an ultrasound. Without one, you won’t receive vital details that protect your safety and well-being.

What An ultrasound tells you

An obstetric ultrasound provides the following pregnancy information:

  • Viability: Learn whether your pregnancy is developing normally and has a heartbeat. As many as 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, which may need monitoring, follow-up care, or treatment.
  • Gestational age: Knowing how far along you are provides a timeline for your pregnancy and helps you learn your options.
  • Location: A pregnancy should develop in the uterus. Sometimes, women have an ectopic pregnancy, which happens when the fertilized egg implants in another location, such as a fallopian tube. This medical emergency requires immediate treatment.

No-cost Ultrasounds at Charis Center

Charis Center provides no-cost, limited ultrasounds following a positive pregnancy test at our center. Our Registered Nurse Sonographer performs this service, which verifies your pregnancy, determines if it’s healthy and viable, and provides an approximate due date.

Following the ultrasound, we can review your options and answer any questions you have. It’s important that you have the information needed to protect your health and move forward with answers.

Contact us today to learn more about our ultrasounds. Please note that restrictions apply to this service, and we do not use our ultrasounds to determine the sex of your pregnancy.