Ultrasound examinations are a safe and painless procedure. Ultrasound scans use sound waves to construct a picture of your baby. An ultrasound is used to check the baby’s growth and take a head-to-toe look at the baby’s anatomy. The detail provided by an ultrasound depends on how far along you are in the pregnancy, the amount of fluid around the baby, and the size of the mother.
A full bladder is recommended to have during the ultrasound examination. This is to aid in the visualization of the cervix. You should not be uncomfortable during the exam. There are no restrictions on eating before your ultrasound. The full ultrasound exam should take around 30 minutes.
The patient should come to the office for the pelvic ultrasound with a full bladder. Normally 16 ounces of fluid, one hour prior to the exam is sufficient. You should not be uncomfortable or in pain during your exam. There are no restrictions on eating before your ultrasound. The full pelvic exam should be less than 30 minutes.