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what do doctors do when they give you an ultrasound?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:28 PM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • It depends on how far along you are and the practice. Not all doctors themselves do the ultrasounds, many times in larger practices they have a seperate room and an ultrasound tech does the ultrasound. If you are in your first trimester it'll basically be to look and maybe HEAR the heartbeat and measure the baby from crown to rump to give you an EDD and make sure the baby is measuring close to your EDD.

    When you have the larger diagnostic ultrasound at 16-22 weeks, it's much more indepth. They take a lot of measurements (arms, legs, head circumfrence) to look to make sure everything is growing as it should, they also look at the fluid at the back of the neck because if it's too thick it can be an indication of downs syndrome. This ultrasound can also usualy tell you the sex of the baby if you wish to know. Amniotic fluid also gets measured as well as the heart beat and the heart chambers!

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 4:33 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • It depends on the type of ultra sound and how far along you are! If you are still in your first trimester they do one with what looks like a wand they put up in worse than an exam...and seeing the baby makes it better. The other kind they squirt some gel on your belly and place a little device on your belly...for this you get to stay dressed they just ask you to roll your pants down to your underwear. The other way they ask you to undress from the waist down, and at my OB they give you a sheet to cover up with! I have had many of both types...but nothing to worry about!

    Answer by Rebecca727 at 5:17 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

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