Fetal ultrasound uses sound waves to make pictures of your baby (fetus) and placenta inside the uterus. The test is the safest way to find out the age, size, and position of your baby. You also may be able to find out the sex of your baby (although the test isn't done just to find out a baby's sex).
No known risks to the mother or the baby are linked to fetal ultrasound. But you may feel anxious if the ultrasound reveals a problem with your pregnancy or baby.
In the second trimester, a fetal ultrasound is done to:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor, midwife, or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor or midwife when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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