After receiving a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound is your next step. Pathway to Hope offers a limited ultrasound service at no charge. Following a positive pregnancy test, a medical professional will meet with you and determine if an ultrasound can be offered.
It is our desire to offer this service to every woman who has a positive pregnancy test at our center.
Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?
Getting an ultrasound is a painless process that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of a woman’s uterus. An ultrasound can tell you a variety of information regarding your pregnancy.
Our limited ultrasounds at Pathway to Hope are performed with the goal of providing the following information:
- Detecting a heartbeat *
- Determining how far along the pregnancy is *
- Estimating a due date *
- Confirming viability of pregnancy *
Be Alerted of Complications
About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the exact number is likely higher due to many miscarriages occurring very early in pregnancy — before you might even know about a pregnancy.
Another reason an ultrasound is important is the complications it can detect. It could alert you to a possible miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (where the pregnancy grows outside of the uterus). If either of these complications arises, abortion would not be an option for you, but a possible medical procedure would be done by a medical professional.
After the Ultrasound
Following the limited ultrasound, resources are provided to assist you in making pregnancy-related decisions. The staff at Pathway to Hope can discuss the options you have for your unexpected pregnancy and give you information and guidance based on your unique situation.
If you think you might be pregnant, don’t wait to make an appointment. Contact us to speak to a staff member today.