Any Woman Can offers free ultrasounds for all qualifying, first trimester pregnancies. It allows our professional sonographer, who is a licensed RN, to determine how far along you are, approximate time of conception, and to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. Our standard free ultrasounds allow us to generate a 2-D image of your baby.
How Does an Ultrasound Work?
One of the most well known uses for ultrasounds is in the use of pregnancy. An ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and echoes to send pulses into your body; in this case, your abdomen. These waves continue until they hit various boundaries before being “bounced back” and are read by the transducer and machinery. The ultrasound machine analyzes these frequencies, their various distance to an object, and produces a 2 dimensional reading from the data. This reading, or photo, is known as a sonogram.
What to Expect from Your Free Ultrasound
When first beginning the procedure, our sonographer, will place a conductive gel over your abdomen. This aids in retrieving and transmitting sound waves. It also assists in creating a clearer sonogram during your free ultrasound.
First Trimester Ultrasounds
The free ultrasounds at Any Woman Can are all performed during the first trimester of pregnancy. During the first trimester, our sonographer is able to determine a variety of factors:
- Viable Pregnancy - Our first trimester free ultrasounds can help with determining a variety of factors, from ruling out an ectopic pregnancy to checking for a heartbeat.
- Ectopic Pregnancy - An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg does not travel and attach to the uterine wall. Instead, it attaches inside of the fallopian tube or an ovary. Most ectopic pregnancies can be determined via an ultrasound by the 8 week time frame.
- Conception Date/Gestational Age - There are a variety of factors that go into determining that approximate conception date and how far along in your pregnancy you may be. These factors include the date of your last menstrual period, last sexual encounter, and the data collected from the ultrasound. However, the approximate conception date of an ultrasound can be off by 5-7 days.
- Heartbeat - An abdominal ultrasound may be able to detect a heartbeat as early as 6-7 weeks, but generally you will see a much better picture with a transvaginal ultrasound when you are that early in your pregnancy. Most heartbeats cannot be transmitted via an abdominal ultrasound until around 7-8 weeks. This can be due to a variety of factors including your weight, inaccurate conception date, or the tilt of your uterus.
Contacting Any Woman Can
All of your results from your free ultrasound are confidential. Fill out our online contact form or our request an appointment form for more information concerning our pregnancy services. Our caring staff is here to help in any way possible when it comes to your health and wellbeing by providing a variety of other free and confidential services.