You might be feeling all kinds of emotions during the first walk to the clinic with maybe a mixture of happiness and nervousness. That’s totally normal; you’re about to see what’s cooking up inside you.
That being said, there are some things you should consider before going on your first ultrasound trip.
If you’re going for an early ultrasound, chances are that you’ll get one through transvaginal means. What happens is that your OB-GYN will insert a probe in the vagina, about two to three inches in, to get a closer view of the uterus, tubes, cervix, ovaries, and pelvic region.
The probe emits sound waves that will reach your baby’s form and bounce back to get a rough ultrasound image of what’s going on in there.
Your doctor will probably ask you to come to the appointment with a full bladder to get a clearer image of the uterus. Sound waves can navigate better through the liquid.
What Is a Nuchal Translucency Test?
During your first sonogram, doctors might advise you to take a nuchal translucency test. This will reassure you whether your baby is at risk of down syndrome or not.
The nuchal fold area is located at the back of the fetus’ neck. The test is done to estimate the size of that area’s thickness. How thick it is will allow doctors to gain insight into the baby’s genetic health.
The test is performed just like a transabdominal ultrasound. If your fetus has a thicker than normal nuchal fold, then there might be some genetic disorder to consider.
The nuchal translucency test is usually accompanied by a blood test from the mother as well. This is to gain more information about the baby’s genetic disorder.