The first trimester is usually the most incredible one of them all. The joy of discovering a new life growing inside you, sharing that joy with your loved ones, and the beginning of all the special care and pampering that you will receive for the next few months, – all of these usually make the mother-to-be feel extremely blessed and special. Along with the extreme emotions that a pregnant lady can experience in the first trimester, it is also important to be aware of the importance of regular visits to the doctor. With the help of few tests and scans, you can be assured of your and your baby’s well-being. The scans during pregnancy check for the position of the baby and its general well-being in the womb, as well as for the presence of any congenital abnormalities.
In the pregnancy scan, or the pregnancy ultrasound, sound waves are sent to the uterus through a machine that resonates them and the computer then converts them into images. The hard tissues such as bones are depicted white, the soft tissues are depicted grey and, as the amniotic fluid does not resonate the sound waves, it is depicted as black.
These scans are of three types:
There are several different scans done during the duration of pregnancy. The different scans that can be performed in the first trimester include the following:
Along with the pregnancy scans, the mother is also subjected to blood investigations and urine tests to check for her health and well-being. These tests also help to determine causes that may raise difficulties in due course of time.
Usually, healthcare facilities combine the important tests together to limit your visits to the hospital. For instance, first trimester screening is an evaluation that includes blood test to check for two specific substances and an ultrasound for nuchal translucency. This screening protocol allows for early detection of congenital abnormalities.
Talk to your doctor and schedule timely appointments for your various scans so that you can enjoy your pregnancy, stress-free!