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Before scheduling an abortion, it is important to have an ultrasound. In fact, in Texas, it is required. It is also required to have verbal explanation of the ultrasound (a physical description of the fetus, the presence of the heartbeat, and the possible presence of organs, etc.) at least 24 hours before having an abortion.
Birth Choice has trained sonographers that are eager to help you. But why do you have to get an ultrasound in the first place? Here are the main reasons:
An ultrasound confirms that the pregnancy is viable.
A viable pregnancy is one that could be carried to term and means that the baby has a heartbeat. Because 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage (the spontaneous loss of the pregnancy before 20 weeks, usually occurring in the first 12 weeks), it is important to have an ultrasound to confirm the baby’s heartbeat. If the baby does not have a heartbeat, the pregnancy will likely end in miscarriage, and it will be important to monitor the health of the mother. Ultrasounds also help to discover situations like an ectopic pregnancy.
An ultrasound can determine gestational age.
Abortion procedures vary depending on the gestational age of the baby. “Gestational age” refers to the length of time that a fetus has been growing inside the uterus. An ultrasound is the most accurate way to determine the gestational age.
Ultrasounds help you process.
Many times, because of fear and anxiety, an unplanned pregnancy can feel surreal. Having an ultrasound helps you to see what is happening in your body, process through your emotions, and make an informed decision.
After speaking with one of our trained counselors to confirm your pregnancy, our sonographers can provide a free ultrasound that will determine the pregnancy’s viability and the baby’s gestational age. In the end, the ultrasound will give you the accurate information you need to make an informed decision.
At Birth Choice, we are here for you every step of the way. Schedule your appointment with us today.