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An ultrasound is a 20 minutes’ long test that uses sound waves to look at an unborn baby, the uterus and the placenta. Apart from a standard ultrasound, a couple of other more advanced ultrasounds are also available : 3-D or 4-D ultrasound, fetal echocardiography,etc to be advised by the doctor.
WHY IS AN ULTRASOUND IN PREGNANCY DONE?
An ultrasound is used in the following circumstances:
*Ultrasounds are not done to determine baby’s sex. In India, sex -selection, after or before conception is legally prohibited.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN ULTRASOUND IN PREGNANCY?
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE ULTRASOUND IN PREGNANCY?
AFTER THE TEST
In majority, ultrasound shall show the baby’s growth as normal. Still make sure to take other routine prenatal checkups in consultation with the doctor.
In some cases, results might indicate need for special medical care for both the mother & child. e.g cases of spina bifida, that can be treated in the womb before birth. If the baby is breech (feet-down instead of head-down), doctor might try to flip its position, or the case may need to have a c-section.
An ultrasound is not an x-ray. Hence, it is radiation free. It does not cause pain and is usually safe for the mother and baby when done under proper medical care. While the follow-up tests mostly monitor baby’s health, false alarms can many a times cause temporary worry for parents