When to Get an Ultrasound during Pregnancy


One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is getting an ultrasound and seeing your tiny, precious child. Ultrasounds offer valuable information about the growth and development of your child and help you have peace of mind. Here's some information about the typical milestones where you can expect to have an ultrasound during your pregnancy.

Early Pregnancy

The time of your first ultrasound will vary depending on the doctor's preference. Depending on your health history, you may have an ultrasound as early as six to eight weeks. By ten weeks, you will at least be able to hear the baby's heartbeat with Doppler. The doctor may do an ultrasound to confirm gestational age and to look for a heartbeat as well.

Gender Determination

Gender can usually be determined between 18-20 weeks. At this point in pregnancy, you will have an ultrasound to check the baby's development, amount of amniotic fluid around the baby, and the gender. This is a very comprehensive ultrasound that can give the doctor a lot of valuable information.

Other Ultrasounds

You may have ultrasounds at later stages of the pregnancy to check size and weight measurements. It may also be necessary to check the location of the placenta, especially if placenta previa is suspected from earlier ultrasounds. Each case is individual depending on the doctor and the health of the mother and baby.


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