"Oh my gosh, I get to find out the sex next week!?
We've all seen these posts blasted by pregnant friends on the internet
and I'm sure we can all guess they are getting an ultrasound!
They are all testing and ultrasounds that may be done throughout your pregnancy.
The sonogram is done around 6-8 weeks to get a sometimes more accurate picture of your due date, baby's growth and development, and to ensure their aren't any major red flags.
The anatomy scan is done around 18-22 weeks. This is the most through check your baby will have before being born (pending any issues, obviously). They will check growth, development, ensure parts are working and where they should be. It is also when many people chose to find out the sex of their baby!
This is usually the last ultrasound done and sometimes the only one done.
The biophysical profile is a more intense test, typically done late in pregnancy to check of fetal growth, movement, amniotic fluid levels, placenta separation, and other factors. Being pregnant with multiples, higher maternal age, post dates, and many other things may play a part in your care provider wanting to do this test.
So, where do these tests happen?
Many times your care provider will schedule you to have the ultrasounds done at a later date in the hospital or a referral to a private ultrasound company.
In Lafayette there are also some options for independent ultrasounds if you'd like:
The Matrix Life Center will do a free pregnancy confirmation ultrasound.
Baby Bliss Ultrasound offers many packages for expecting parents who'd like to have a more intimate experience and are offered on an elective basis.
Whether you have just peed on the stick or are 41+2,
there's a chance you will soon be headed in to an ultrasound!
(The information in this blog post is in no way medical advice and is intended for informational use only)
Jessica Anne Dill
Mom of 5, Wife, Student, Professional Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Specialist, and best friend of coffee and long naps!