For first-time moms, nothing can be as sweet as hearing the news that they are carrying a baby. Of course, it would also be a nice experience to be sure that there’s a bun in the oven and that it is developing normally. One of the ways that this can be made sure of is with the help of an ultrasound.
An ultrasound is a common device used to ascertain the existence of a fetus as well as make sure that the little one is growing quite well. It works using sound waves in order to create images of the organs that can be found inside the body. This high frequency sound is able to travel without any problem through soft tissues but gets bounced back when it hits denser body tissues and organs. This “echoing” of the waves is what helps create the image in the ultrasound monitor.
Not many people may know it but ultrasound is actually used for a number of things. Aside from being part of pre-natal care, ultrasound can also be used in order to determine the health of the uterus. Highly focused ultrasound can also be used in order to break down kidney stones. In some cases, it has also found use in relaxing the back muscles. In lower doses, it has also been known to help in the regeneration of the teeth as well as other bones.
So how does the ultrasound scan take place? The mother has to lie on her back before the ultrasound is done. The operator then places lubricating jelly over your stomach. This is to ensure a good contact between the probe and your skin. The operator would then run the ultrasound probe over the belly of the mother. Ultrasound pulses are then sent from the probe through the skin of the mother. These pulses, or sound waves, bounce off the various organs and tissues inside the mother. The pulses that get bounced back travel through the probe again and are sent to the monitor.
The ultrasound procedure usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes only. In today’s modern world, the mother can choose from a 2DEarly , Dating, NT, Anomoly, Growth, Presentation, or a 3DGender and 4D baby scans. With the ultrasound in place, guessing about the gender of the child is no longer a problem.