What is the first thing the gynecologist does when you are pregnant?
Exactly! an ultrasound. In the 1950s, Dr. Ian Donald created the first ultrasound image of a fetus. Who would say this will evolve from 2D to 5D. Ultrasounds provide essential information to doctors and parents, as they allow you to see your baby from before birth. Also, in this way it can be observed if the baby has any complications or abnormalities.
This technique allows the inside of the body to be explored using ultrasound. The first is performed around week 12 vaginally and serves the purpose of:
- To rule out that the pregnancy is outside the uterus (ectopic) or that there is a risk of miscarriage.
- Define the getional age of the baby.
- Measure the heart rate.
- See if it is a multiple pregnancy.
- Determine if there are problems with the cervix, ovaries, uterus or placenta.
- Control possible morphological alterations.
The second is an abdominal ultrasound:
- Here the development of the fetus is verified
- Check the amount of amniotic fluid
- Examine the movement of the baby
- Identify the sex of the baby
Finally, the objective is:
- Find out the position of the baby
- Know the weight of the baby
- Check that adequate levels of amniotic fluid are maintained.
Generally, this is done every month. Depending if your doctor asks for it. Drink a lot of water before your appointment to improve the sharpness of the image, such as some candy so that the baby is active, try to spread any type of cream on your belly and go to your appointment with comfortable clothes.