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How an ultrasound can keep you safe

Some women feel unsure about getting a sonogram picture, or ultrasound, when they find out they’re pregnant. And that’s totally normal, especially when you’re unsure about what the future holds. Your choices are abortion, adoption, and parenting. And you’re totally qualified to make that choice. ThriVe+ exists to empower women to make their own informed choices, and feel confident in doing so. 

Maybe you’ve been thinking about the future, and suddenly, your period is late. After a positive pregnancy test, that’s when an ultrasound can be useful. Getting one can help you decide what comes next. It helps you gather information that can guide your health and safety.

Why Wait Until a Missed Period?

Waiting until after you miss a period to get a sonogram picture might seem nerve-wracking, but it’s actually a smart move. An ultrasound can tell you where your pregnancy is developing — whether it’s safely in your uterus or if there’s a risk of an ectopic pregnancy.

What happens during an ultrasound?


  • The healthcare provider may ask you to drink water before the procedure. A full bladder can help improve the visibility of the uterus and the developing embryo.


  • You will lie down on an examination table, usually with your pants lowered down a little. In the first trimester, an internal ultrasound is usually performed, to get better sonogram pictures.

Gel application:

  • A clear gel is applied to your abdomen. This gel helps transmit the sound waves and ensures good contact between the ultrasound probe and your skin. You’ll get a heads up before this happens.

Ultrasound probe:

  • The nurse uses a handheld device called a transducer, which emits high-frequency sound waves. This transducer is moved over your abdomen, sending out sound waves, creating the ultrasound image.

Image interpretation:

  • The healthcare provider examines the sonogram picture on the monitor to assess the size and location of the gestational sac, the presence of a developing embryo, and other early signs of pregnancy.

Measurement of fetal structures:

  • The ultrasound tech may measure the size of the gestational (or pregnancy) sac, the embryo, and other structures, such as the crown-rump length (CRL), to estimate the gestational age.

Confirmation of heartbeat:

  • If the pregnancy is far enough, the nurse should be able to detect the fetal heartbeat. A visible heartbeat is a sign of a healthy pregnancy.


What’s Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg starts growing outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. This can be dangerous because the tube can burst, causing severe complications. It would be a medical emergency. A sonogram can rule out an ectopic pregnancy early on. This gives you the chance to take action for your health.

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Choosing Your Path: Abortion, Adoption, or Parenting

Now, here’s the thing – whether you’re thinking about abortion, adoption, or parenting, having a sonogram picture can be a game-changer. You’ll understand your options better and receive information you need to make your decision.

1. Confirmation of Pregnancy: Before making any decisions, it’s essential to confirm whether you’re pregnant or not.  About 10-20% of all known pregnancies end in a miscarriage, but the actual number is probably higher. An ultrasound provides a visual confirmation of the pregnancy. This helps you move forward with accurate information.

2. Estimation of Pregnancy Progress: A sonogram provides an estimation of how far along the pregnancy is. This info is crucial — it helps you understand the timeline and potential options you have.

3. Monitor the Fetus’ Health: For those considering parenting or adoption, an ultrasound allows you to monitor the developing baby’s health. You can see the heartbeat — and later on in pregnancy, check for any abnormalities. The medical staff can share what you can do for a healthy pregnancy.

4. Informed Choices: Whether you’re thinking about abortion, adoption, or parenting, having a clear picture of your pregnancy can guide your decision-making process. You’re empowering yourself with the info you need. Only you can make the best choice for you.

5. Supportive Environment: Going to a place like ThriVe+, where they prioritize your comfort and provide a supportive environment, can make the process more reassuring.You’re totally in control.

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Really, having a sonogram picture is about putting the power back in your hands. It’s your future. You should have free access to an ultrasound to make your informed choice and to keep you healthy.

 Portrait of a beautiful woman who’s sonogram picture helped her understand her choices.

Still have concerns?

Now, let’s talk about some concerns that might be on your mind about a sonogram picture. It’s completely normal to have questions, and you deserve answers.

1. Worries About Radiation: Some might wonder if ultrasounds involve harmful radiation. The good news is that ultrasounds use sound waves, not radiation. They’re safe and have been used for many years without any known risks to pregnant women or their babies.

2. Emotional Concerns: It’s okay to feel a bit nervous or emotional about seeing the sonogram picture. Whether you’re unsure about your pregnancy or concerned about the potential outcomes, it’s important to know that your feelings are valid. ThriVe+ understands this and provides a supportive environment where you can express your emotions freely.

3. Fear of Judgment: You might worry about being judged or pressured during the ultrasound. ThriVe+ is here to assure you that they respect your choices, whatever they may be. There’s no judgment — just a safe space that’s all about you. You’re here for comfort and answers, not getting told what to do.

4. Privacy and Confidentiality: Maintaining your privacy is crucial, and ThriVe+ understands this. We prioritize confidentiality, ensuring that your personal information stays secure and that you’re comfortable. Your comfort comes first.

5. Affordability: Concerns about the cost of healthcare are common, but it shouldn’t be. ThriVe+ takes this worry away by offering ultrasounds at no cost. Your health is our priority. We believe that healthcare should never be a financial burden. 

Remember, your concerns are valid, and it’s okay to voice them. ThriVe+ is committed to making your experience comfortable and reassuring. Your well-being is at the heart of their mission. Whether you’d like to have a no-cost sonogram picture or a pre-abortion screening, you’re welcome to make an appointment when you feel ready. 

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