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. 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 and Giggles is going to provide you with a little bit of insight on what to expect during your first ultrasound.

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. In this case, the full bladder actually helps provide a clearer ultrasound. You see, sound waves travel better through liquid. A full bladder during the time of your first ultrasound is going to enhance the overall quality of the image.


It’s important to know that the first ultrasound that you have is more than 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.

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.

Schedule Your Appointment

Kicks and Giggles loves being able to provide parents with our 3D ultrasound services. 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 here in Orem, contact our office today. We would be more than happy to get you taken care of.