How and why is an obstetric ultrasound done for patients in Katy, TX?
At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Katy, TX area women who are going through their pregnancy are often interested in learning more about obstetric ultrasounds. Why might an ultrasound be performed? How is an obstetric ultrasound done? How often should I have ultrasounds completed throughout my pregnancy? These are all questions that patients may have about this amazing technology, and they can be answered by Drs. Taryll Jenkins, Adebola Falae, and Maria Torres.
Why might an ultrasound be performed?
Ultrasounds are performed for a variety of reasons. When most women think of ultrasounds, they think of the ability to see their baby in the womb and the chance to learn if they are having a boy or a girl – or even multiple babies! Ultrasounds provide the opportunity to glimpse into the body to see your precious bundle of joy! However, there are important reasons ultrasounds may be done. They are used to:
- Determine the gender
- Ensure proper development throughout the pregnancy
- Assess the risks of specific medical conditions
- Diagnose concerns that may occur
- Check the position of the baby for delivery
- Measure the length of the cervix
- Determine how much fluid is in the placenta
How is an obstetric ultrasound done?
There are two ways for our doctors to perform ultrasounds. First is the traditional procedure during which a device is used along the patient’s stomach. This allows the sonographer to capture images of the baby and take screenshots and video for the doctor to review. There are some situations in which the sonographer may prefer to use a vaginal ultrasound. This is a wand that is inserted into the vagina to get a more precise look at the baby than what a traditional, external ultrasound can provide. The doctor may suggest the use of one over the other, depending on the reason the ultrasound is being performed in the first place.
How often should I have ultrasounds completed throughout my pregnancy?
The number of ultrasounds during a pregnancy may vary from patient to patient. Those who are considered “high risk pregnancies” may need to undergo more ultrasounds than a patient who does not have any medical risks. Most women will have one to three ultrasounds during their time with our team. The first one may be done to ensure the pregnancy is viable in the first few weeks. The second one may be done mid-way to check for any deformities and to provide a gender reveal. The third may be done prior to delivery to make sure everything is ready for the new arrival and that the third trimester is progressing as planned.
Are ultrasounds safe?
Ultrasounds are completely safe to perform throughout the pregnancy to provide information to our doctors to ensure the health and development of the new baby or babies. It allows Drs. Taryll Jenkins, Adebola Falae, and Maria Torres to monitor progress and ensure that all is well for delivery.
Does it hurt to have an ultrasound performed?
Ultrasounds with traditional external devices do not hurt. The sonographer may suggest patients come in with a full bladder to ensure the best view, and this might be uncomfortable for some women who are wanting to urinate prior to the appointment. If an ultrasound is performed with a vaginal device, there may some initial discomfort during insertion but then patients are often comfortable through the ultrasound viewing. Our sonographers can answer any questions women may have about their ultrasound prior to having it performed so they are completely confident before, during, and after their procedures. We want our patients to have a positive experience during their ultrasounds.
Are you interested in ultrasounds during your pregnancy?
Ultrasounds are great diagnostic tools available with today’s amazing technology. If you are ready to discuss with your obstetrician the benefits of regular ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy, we encourage you to contact the team of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine. Drs. Taryll Jenkins, Adebola Falae, and Maria Torres are readily available to assist women in the Katy, TX area with their care needs. Call 855 346 8610 to connect with our staff, and our practice which is conveniently located at 23535 Kingsland Boulevard.