What to Expect for Your Second Trimester Ultrasound

What to Expect for Your Second Trimester Ultrasound

Why am I Getting Another Ultrasound?

Why am I Getting Another Ultrasound?


Get ready! More evaluations of you and your baby are in store for you during your journey of pregnancy as you march through the nine months. The second trimester ultrasound will happen between 17 and 22 weeks, and it will have a lot of goals.  Your OB-GYN and team will perform this test for a variety of reasons. One of the main objectives is to perform a scan of the anatomy. The ultrasound data will allow your physician to examine your baby’s developing heart, kidneys, spine, abdominal wall, and other aspects such as early skeletal structure. The details obtained will include the length of the baby’s femur and humerus, as well as measurements of the head circumference and abdominal circumference.

Pink or Blue?

Pink or Blue?
This sonogram will answer your long-awaited question, “Am I having a boy or a girl?” Whether you and your loved ones want to know the sex of your baby or not, the ultrasound will undoubtedly be able to determine the sex. You can choose not to have the prenatal team tell you your baby's sex, and they will respect your choice. Therefore, if you are one of those people who prefer to be surprised, just let your prenatal team know, and they’ll keep their lips sealed. 

On the other hand, perhaps you want to know your baby’s sex to decorate the nursery, stock up on baby clothing, or maybe you are eager to throw a much-anticipated gender reveal party for your friends and family. Whatever your reasons for wanting to know  the sex, this second trimester ultrasound will reveal it, so go ahead and begin planning your gender reveal gathering. 

Other Objectives With The Second Trimester Ultrasound

Other Objectives With The Second Trimester Ultrasound
Your prenatal team will take a look at the baby’s overall size and how he or she is positioned in the womb. The placenta and the fluid around the baby will be examined. At this point, any major disorders will be evident, like neural tube,  heart, and brain and spinal cord abnormalities. The ultrasound isn’t completely foolproof, and some minor and some major issues won’t be entirely evident. 

Detect Congenital Disorders or Down’s Syndrome

Detect Congenital Disorders or Down’s Syndrome
In addition to your ultrasound, blood work will be useful for your prenatal team. With the blood test and the ultrasound, detecting Down’s Syndrome is 80% effective. Therefore, if Down’s Syndrome is evident, further testing to confirm this finding will be conducted. 

If your ultrasound shows something that worries you, your prenatal care team will send you to a specialist called a maternal-fetal clinician.This doctor and his team will do diagnostic tests, and the results will be shared with you. 

Will This Ultrasound be Similar to My Early Pregnancy Ultrasound?

Will This Ultrasound be Similar to My Early Pregnancy Ultrasound?
The whole ultrasound experience will be very similar to any earlier ultrasounds you may have had during your first trimester. The main difference lies in what the doctor determines after the test. 

Gel will be rubbed on your baby bump, and a transducer (handheld wand) will be moved across your abdomen by the technician. This transducer emits sound waves, and these sound waves will make your baby’s fluids, tissues, and skeletal system apparent, which generates a picture of that little bundle of joy inside you. The technician will be able to point out your growing baby on the screen, and you can gaze at that new little life during your second trimester! This is an appointment you should have your significant other or anybody else important to you attend because the image you’re looking at is simply magical and will absolutely fill your heart. It’s a memorable experience, and one you’ll be talking about for years to come. 

Get ready for your second trimester ultrasound. There’s lots of information you will gain through this test, and should you have any concerns whatsoever, be sure to mention them to your doctor. They are there to help and guide you through the entire process, any abnormal results, and next steps. 

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