What are the benefits of an early ultrasound during pregnancy?

Brett E. Horsley, DO
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
If you are pregnant, the majority of physicians will do an ultrasound on your first visit for a number of reasons. First of all, we doctors like to know exactly how far along you are because that dictates everything else in the pregnancy; when certain things occur, when certain tests are done. Secondly, it oftentimes picks up problems like an early miscarriage that has not been noted by the patient. Just because of these two issues, it is important enough to have one. The other issue, in my opinion, is also very important, and that is to help the mother and the father of the baby to really bond with the pregnancy. Once a mother sees the heartbeat, and especially once the dad sees a heartbeat, they really start to be more connected with the pregnancy, usually resulting in them taking better care of themselves and being more committed to the pregnancy.

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