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Limited Ultrasound


Why do you need a pregnancy ultrasound?

Pregnancy tests are not always 100% accurate regardless of whether the test is an over-the-counter product or a commercial one. Therefore, once you have a positive test result, the next step is to have an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy. An ultrasound also helps determine more accurately how far along you are. The average duration of pregnancy is 38-42 weeks and is divided into 3 trimesters. The first trimester is from the day of conception to 12 weeks. Trimester 2 is from 13 weeks to 26 weeks. Trimester 3 is from 26 weeks to birth.

If you are considering abortion . . .

If you are considering having an abortion, it is important for you to have an ultrasound because:

  • It will tell you if the pregnancy is in utero*. Ectopic pregnancies occur when a pregnancy establishes outside of the uterus and if not detected, it can endanger your well-being and require emergency treatment.
  • It will tell you how far along you are in the pregnancy, which determines what abortion procedures are safe for you.
  • It will tell you if the pregnancy is viable, or likely to continue under normal circumstances. 1 in 4 pregnancies end naturally through miscarriage. If you are likely to have a miscarriage, there is no reason to pay for an abortion.

What is a pregnancy (obstetrical) ultrasound?

An obstetric ultrasound is a procedure in which high frequency sound waves project an image (sonogram) to a monitor. The ultrasound of your pelvis produces an image of the baby in the uterus. Limited obstetric ultrasounds are non-invasive and safe. They are designed to determine a number of factors in confirming a pregnancy. In addition, they make sure there are no possible risks for you, such as an ectopic pregnancy, that may require further examination. Appropriate use of an ultrasound poses no physical risk to you or your baby.

About our ultrasounds

We provide limited, obstetric ultrasounds in our Santa Fe center for women who qualify and have had a positive pregnancy test at one of our centers.

Our ultrasounds are painless and discreet. They are confidential and performed in a private ultrasound room by a licensed, medical professional known as a sonographer. We encourage you to bring the father of the baby or a friend or family member.

What to expect

You will be asked to drink 64 oz of water prior to the ultrasound to ensure that your bladder is full enough to gain a clear picture of your uterus. During the ultrasound, a gel is applied to your abdomen and then a probe, which passes sound waves into your uterus, is gently moved over the outside of your stomach. An image of the baby will be projected onto a monitor while you watch. The sonographer will explain what you are seeing throughout the procedure. All ultrasounds are then reviewed by a medical doctor.
After your ultrasound is complete, your Client Advocate will be available to answer any questions and help you process your next steps.

Schedule your free, confidential initial consultation and pregnancy test. Ultrasounds are scheduled after your pregnancy has been confirmed.

*In utero is a Latin term literally meaning “in the womb” or “in the uterus”. In biology, the phrase describes the state of an embryo or fetus. In legal contexts, the phrase is used to referred to an unborn child, i.e., gestational age until birth.

Our Centers do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients. We are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks.

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    Santa Fe Location

    1500 Fifth Street Suite 9
    Santa Fe, NM 87505

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    Monday: 9am to 5pm
    Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
    Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
    Thursday: 9am to 5pm
    Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Saturday: 9am to 5pm

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