Slide show: Fetal ultrasound

Slide show: Fetal ultrasound

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See your developing baby

A fetal ultrasound can give you an early glimpse of your baby, but it isn’t done for entertainment. A fetal ultrasound can help your health care provider evaluate your baby’s growth and development and determine how your pregnancy is progressing. In some cases, fetal ultrasound is used to evaluate possible problems or help confirm a diagnosis.

Ultrasound should be requested only by a doctor or licensed health care provider for medical reasons.

Wonder what to expect? Here’s a look at real fetal ultrasound images, as well as tips for understanding the images.

Nov. 10, 2020

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