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What to Expect From Your First Ultrasound: Advice From PrimaryPlus' OB/GYN Team November 23, 2016

Valley View, Ashland
What to Expect From Your First Ultrasound: Advice From PrimaryPlus' OB/GYN Team, Ashland, Kentucky

For the modern day mom-to-be, ultrasounds are a regular part of prenatal care, confirming a fetal heartbeat and a healthy pregnancy. Your first ultrasound can be both an exciting and scary experience, and first-time moms aren’t exactly sure what to expect. A caring and qualified OB/GYN provider (will ease your worries, from ordering and reading the initial ultrasound to providing high-quality healthcare through all 40 weeks of pregnancy.

For over 30 years, PrimaryPlus has been the area’s go-to source for your healthcare needs including family health, women’s health, dental pharmacy and counseling services. The PrimaryPlus locations in Maysville, Vanceburg and Ashland are happy to offer OB/GYN care (with prenatal ultrasound services offered on-site at both the Maysville and Ashland locations).   If you’re a mom-to-be who’s curious about your first ultrasound, the OB/GYN staff at PrimaryPlus shares common questions and answers so that you know what to expect.

  • When Is My First Ultrasound Performed? Your initial ultrasound can be performed anytime during the first trimester, as the heartbeat of the fetus can be detected reliably six weeks! If you have concerns or are facing complications, the exam needs to take place within a specialized time period provided by your office.
  • Why Is The Ultrasound Performed? The initial ultrasound is a vital tool for determining prenatal healthcare for both mother and child. It confirms the fetal heartbeat, number of fetuses (so if you’re having twins, you’ll find out right away), date of pregnancy, and confirmation that everything is moving along normally.
  • OB/GYNHow Does It Work? At your ultrasound visit, the ultrasound tech will rub gel over your abdomen, followed by a wand called a transducer. This special instrument emanates sound waves that bounce off the fetus to produce an image, which you can view onscreen as the gel and wand are rubbed over your belly. The printed image is called a sonogram, a photo that you’ll be excited to show all of your family and friends! 
  • How Long Will It Last? The ultrasound exam is a short one, lasting only five-30 minutes on average. Since it’s noninvasive, it’s very low risk and nothing to fret about.
  • Is It Painful? Not at all—the most you’ll feel is a slight discomfort around the bladder area. You can rest assured that your ultrasound tech knows what he or she is doing and that the ultrasound will be easy and painless. 

The PrimaryPlus Women’s Health TEAM includes:
PrimaryPlus-Maysville OB/GYN features Donald Wilson, MD, FACOG; Laura Shower, MD, FACOG; Samantha Olzeski, DO, FACOOG; Sarah Gerlach, DO; Becky Hogge, CNM; Betsy Cox, CNM; Sylvia Kerr, CNM; Melissa Redmond, APRN; Katie Young, APRN; Dana Tucker, APRN

PrimaryPlus-Vanceburg features Gwen Webb, APRN

PrimaryPlus-Ashland features Muna Vonderheide, APRN and Laurian Roediger, MD

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