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When should I have my first ultrasound during pregnancy?

When our patients get their first positive pregnancy test, we have them come in fairly soon. We try to get them in within 1 to 2 weeks, so that we can get their blood work. Once the patient is about 6 to 10 weeks along in pregnancy, we like doing an early ultrasound. That gives us so much medical information to make sure that it's not a tubal pregnancy, which can be dangerous. We make sure that the pregnancy is in the uterus. We make sure that there are not two or three babies, which would put the woman at a higher risk. We also make sure that it's a viable pregnancy, meaning that there is a good heart beat, to reassure them that they're at a low risk for miscarriage.

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