Please empty your bladder 1 hour before your appointment, drink 2 glasses of water and try not to empty your bladder again until after your appointment.
A full bladder moves bowel out from the pelvis into the abdomen, helping visualisation of the pregnancy, uterus and ovaries.
Transvaginal ultrasound is safe and commonly performed during all stages of pregnancy, including the first trimester. Transabdominal ultrasound involves scanning through your lower abdomen.
A small amount of ultrasound gel is put on the skin of the lower abdomen, with the ultrasound probe then scanning through this gel.
Your bladder should not be so full that it causes pain.
If your bladder is very full and painful, you should empty a small amount so you are more comfortable.
Birth date may be the way that it is spoken by most English speakers, who rarely use it as a compound word.For many women, especially after 8 weeks gestation, sufficient information about the baby may be obtained with transabdominal ultrasound only.However, in the early pregnancy, the developing embryo is very small (at 6 weeks gestation, the baby is only 5-9mm long) and a transvaginal ultrasound may be required to get a better image of the baby.If you have concerns about transvaginal ultrasound, please discuss this with your sonographer before your ultrasound begins.We usually get better images during transabdominal ultrasound if the bladder is partially filled, so to help your examination we ask you to drink water prior to the assessment.The endometrium (the lining of the uterus where the pregnancy will grow) should appear thick and secretory.