So, your pregnancy test showed a positive: congratulations! If this is your first pregnancy, there are likely a handful of nerves that you’re experiencing. This is to be expected, there are so many new things that your body is doing and that you’re about to experience, we get it! One of the first things that you’ll do when you’ve found out you are pregnant is call your OB or midwife. At that point, they’ll schedule an appointment for your first ultrasound.

While an ultrasound is an extremely well-known part of pregnancy and something that people are familiar with hearing, it’s something entirely different to experience firsthand — especially for your first child! So, in today’s blog, the team at Kicks & Giggles is going to provide you with a little bit of insight on what to expect during your first ultrasound at a doctor’s office.

First and foremost, we need to clarify that an ultrasound at a doctor’s office is very different than one at an elective clinic like Kicks & Giggles. We’ll highlight how your experience at a doctor’s office may be different in each of the cases below.

Full Bladder

When you schedule your appointment for your first ultrasound, also known as a sonogram, you are going to want to go in with a full bladder. The majority of the time that you go to the doctor and need a full bladder it’s because you are going to have urine samples tested. Sometimes, the full bladder can help provide a clearer ultrasound as well by pushing your uterus closer to the surface. For a doctor’s visit, a full bladder during the time of your first ultrasound can enhance the overall quality of the image.

At Kicks & Giggles, a full bladder is nowhere near as important as being well hydrated. Your body will adjust the levels of amniotic fluid based on how hydrated you are, and the more fluid you have will make clear images and video that much easier to get, both in 2D and 3D ultrasound scans.

Transvaginal Ultrasound

It’s important to know that, depending on your doctor, the first ultrasound that you have is likely going to happen transvaginally. This is one of the things that most people don’t know about their first ultrasound because it’s not commonly shared, which leaves first-time mothers more than a little surprised during their first appointment. The reason that the first ultrasound happens transvaginally is because the baby is so small at this point that they are closer to your birth canal than your abdomen, making it near impossible to gather an image through the standard ultrasound methods.

At Kicks & Giggles, all our ultrasound scans are done transabdominally, meaning that the probe rests on your belly, and you’ll be fully clothed the whole time! Because you’ll likely have friends and/or family members in the room with you to share the experience, we want to make sure you’re completely comfortable, and our state-of-the-art machine is capable at getting much better pictures than most typical doctor offices.

Not Much to See

If you are going to be receiving your first ultrasound when you are six to eight weeks pregnant, it’s good to note that there likely won’t be much to see. At this stage of your pregnancy, the baby is still extremely small. In most instances, you may see the image of something that is about the size of a bean. Being prepared for this is good, seeing as how you won’t set your expectations too high. In reality, it’s not until roughly 13 weeks of your pregnancy that you’re able to see a clearer image of your baby. It’s around this time that people start to share their news with loved ones.

At Kicks & Giggles, we are focused on finding the cutest and clearest images possible of your baby. While a doctor is typically in a hurry and is much more concerned about the health of the baby, we will take the time to look for legs, fingers, or toes, no matter how early you are! We are happy to show you images of ultrasounds at any week to help you know what to expect. You can check out our gallery online or message us via text or Facebook message to ask for specific weeks! Once you know when you want to come in, book your appointment up to 6 months ahead of time so you don’t miss the opportunity!

Schedule Your Appointment

At Kicks & Giggle, we love being able to provide parents with a 3D ultrasound experience. Whether it’s your first child or you’ve been through the process more than once, our ultrasound services make it easy to cherish these moments for a lifetime. If you’re ready to schedule your 3D ultrasound with our team in Provo, contact our office today. We would be more than happy to get you taken care of.