What Your Ultrasound Reveals

Have an ultrasound scheduled? Here's what you can expect to learn.

___ Estimate the due date

___ Detect fetal motion

___ Determine the stage of pregnancy from the size of the fetal head, abdomen, or femur

___ Reveal if there is more than one fetus

___ Show the amount of amniotic fluid present

___ Identify fetal abnormalities

___ Check the size, location, and condition of the placenta

___ Determine the safest place to carry out certain tests, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS)

Excerpted from the AmericanBaby.com Ages & Stages weekly prenatal newsletter, Week 11.

Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, August 2005.

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