Know for sure with an ultrasound.
Getting an ultrasound is the most important next step you can take if you are considering abortion. An ultrasound will help you know for sure if you’re really pregnant and if your pregnancy is viable. Approximately 20% of all pregnancies naturally miscarry. Learn more about your pregnancy before abortion.
It is important to have an ultrasound before making a decision about your pregnancy. An ultrasound is the most effective way for you to learn more about your pregnancy and options
HOW FAR ALONG AM I?
If you’re wondering when you might have gotten pregnant or can’t remember when your last period was or perhaps your periods are not regular, an ultrasound will give an accurate measurement of the pregnancy to find out the gestational age of the baby. This will help you determine due date and time of conception. If you’re considering an abortion, you will need to know how many weeks pregnant you are. This information determines what abortion methods are available to you.
HAVE YOU HAD AN ULTRASOUND TO RULE OUT AN ECTOPIC PREGNANCY?
An ectopic pregnancy is one that does not implant in the uterus, but outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube.1 It is crucial to have a sonogram before having an abortion, partly for this reason. If the pregnancy is in your tubes & not your uterus, it can rupture and be life threatening to you if not treated immediately.2 Neither a medical or surgical abortion will remove an ectopic pregnancy.3
If you have any of the following symptoms, please go to the ER right away:
- Severe abdominal pain or cramping with vaginal bleeding
- Extreme lightheadedness or fainting
WHAT ARE OTHER REASONS AN ULTRASOUND IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE DONE BEFORE HAVING AN ABORTION?
- In the state of Alabama, a woman is required by law to have a sonogram 48 hours before an abortion can be performed.
- A sonogram can show if the pregnancy is healthy/viable. If the sonographer (licensed RN) is unable to detect a fetal heartbeat, there could be a chance that you will miscarry naturally. Also, if there is a fetal heartbeat that is slower than normal or the baby is smaller than he/she should be for how far along you are, these things could indicate that a potential miscarriage may happen, which may eliminate the need for an abortion.4,5,6
- A sonogram is necessary to see how far along you are in your pregnancy. There are different abortion procedures & differing prices, depending on how far along you are.
First Choice Montgomery offers a free OB Ultrasound to determine gestational age, detect a fetal heartbeat and verify that the pregnancy is in the uterus. Schedule a free and confidential appointment today.
Our staff nurses are trained in early obstetrical ultrasound. Our primary objective is to assess fetal viability and estimate gestational age. These ultrasounds are not intended to diagnose fetal abnormalities or to provide the client with information regarding the sex of the baby.
The information provided on this website is not intended to diagnose any condition or pregnancy and should not take the place of your medical practitioner. Consult your physician with any medical questions you might have.
- MayoClinic.com, Ectopic pregnancy
- MayoClinic.com, Ectopic pregnancy symptoms
- FDA, Postmarket Drug Safety Information for Patients and Providers
- Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage symptoms and causes
- RSNA, Outcome of First-Trimester Pregnancies with Slow Embryonic Heart Rate at 6–7 Weeks Gestation and Normal Heart Rate by 8 Weeks at US
- RSNA, Slow embryonic heart rate in early first trimester: indicator of poor pregnancy outcome