Feeling your baby move around in your belly is amazing for expectant mothers, but seeing your baby for the first time on an ultrasound screen is unforgettable. To help mark every stage of your pregnancy, Farris Fahmy, MD, FACOG and Dr. Ravikumar at Aster OB/GYN on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offers ultrasounds during the first, second, and third trimester, as well as 3D ultrasounds for vivid imaging. As a full-service practice, Aster OB/GYN also offers New York patients in-house vaginal ultrasounds. If you’d like to watch your baby develop during your pregnancy with a team that genuinely cares, call the office or book an appointment online.
An ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to generate an image. It’s a safe procedure for both you and your baby.
The ultrasound technician uses a transducer wand and a special gel to transmit sound waves to specific parts of your baby’s body. The sound waves create an echo as they bounce from the body parts back to the wand to create an image.
As an expecting mom, you enjoy the ultrasound because you get to see your baby. But the team at Aster OB/GYN uses the ultrasound to examine the growth and development of your baby.
During the first trimester, the ultrasound confirms your pregnancy, measures your baby, and helps determine your due date. The ultrasound also captures images of your uterus and gives Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar an opportunity to look for abnormalities.
An ultrasound during the second and third trimester measures your baby’s size and evaluates your baby’s internal organs, as well as extremities. The ultrasound technician may also identify gender during these later ultrasounds.
A 3D ultrasound uses the same technique as a traditional ultrasound to get an image of your baby, but the echoes create a 3D image so you get a clearer picture of your baby that allows you to see the features of your baby’s face and body.
Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar like the 3D ultrasound because it also allows them to better identify birth defects such as a cleft palate. They recommend you wait until the second or third trimester before getting a 3D ultrasound for a better picture.
A vaginal ultrasound is a specialized ultrasound for women that helps Dr. Fahmy or Dr. Ravikumar see your uterus and ovaries. Like the traditional abdominal ultrasound, a vaginal ultrasound is safe and uses sound waves to generate an image.
During the procedure, the ultrasound wand is placed in your vaginal cavity to generate the necessary image.
Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar might recommend a vaginal ultrasound to detect:
If you’re in need of an ultrasound, whether to see your baby or for medical purposes, call or book an appointment online today. Aster OB/GYN offers ultrasounds in-house.