Kmom can't emphasize the importance of reading BOTH FAQs strongly enough![However, please note that some duplication between FAQs was necessary in certain spots.]"The technology of prenatal diagnosis is usually presented to us as a solution, but it brings with it problems of its own..technology of prenatal diagnosis has changed and continues to change women's experience of pregnancy." All pregnant women in our technology-happy modern society face confusing choices about prenatal testing, its advantages and disadvantages, and its appropriateness for them.A trained technician (sonographer) presses a small, hand-held device (transducer), about the size of a bar of soap, against your skin over the area being examined, moving it as necessary to capture the image.The transducer sends sound waves into your body, collects sound waves that bounce back and sends them to a computer, which creates the images. However, you may experience mild discomfort as the sonographer guides the transducer over your body, especially if you're required to have a full bladder.This FAQ covers ultrasound information and issues specific to women of size.Big moms are STRONGLY urged to read the FAQ on Ultrasound Safety and Accuracy BEFORE reading this FAQ, so that they can better understand the benefits and risks of ultrasounds before reading about their implications in women of size.During an ultrasound exam, you may need to remove jewelry and some or all of your clothing, change into a gown, and lie on an examination table.Gel is applied to your skin to keep air pockets that can block the sound waves from forming.
However, since they may be at a somewhat increased risk for problems like neural tube defects, they also face greater pressure than others to have these prenatal tests, even though the tests are often difficult to interpret.
research any test before deciding whether to use it or not. For more information on prenatal testing, see the FAQs available from info on the Internet.
Testing decisions vary greatly depending on family history, medical condition, parental beliefs, etc.
All pregnant women are offered an ultrasound scan at around 8-14 weeks of pregnancy. It's used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby's development.
Your midwife or doctor will book you a dating scan appointment.