The ultrasound can be used during pregnancy to show images of the baby, amniotic sac, placenta, and ovaries.
Major anatomical abnormalities or birth defects may be visible on an ultrasound.
It may be used early in pregnancy to get a clearer view of the uterus or ovaries if a problem is suspected.
What birth defects can be detected by an ultrasound?
Ultrasound can detect some types of physical birth defects. Examples of physical birth defects that may be found at 19 – 20 weeks are most cases of spina bifida, some serious heart defects, some kidney problems, absence of part of a limb and some cases of cleft palate.
What ultrasounds do you have when pregnant?
Most healthy women receive two ultrasound scans during pregnancy. “The first is, ideally, in the first trimester to confirm the due date, and the second is at 18-22 weeks to confirm normal anatomy and the sex of the baby,” explains Mendiola.
How many times do you have an ultrasound during pregnancy?
Usually, a woman gets a minimum of two sonograms during her pregnancy, one in the first trimester and one in the second trimester.
What is a diagnostic ultrasound in pregnancy?
2D fetal ultrasound
A fetal ultrasound (sonogram) is an imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce images of a fetus in the uterus. Fetal ultrasound images can help your health care provider evaluate your baby’s growth and development and monitor your pregnancy.