Are you pregnant and unsure about what to do? Are you confused about all the options you have? Here at Life Options Clinic, we encourage all expectant mothers to book an ultrasound appointment even if they are planning to have an abortion. Some organizations will tell you that an ultrasound is not necessary, but we want to share with you why we believe it is important for you to do so.
1. HOW FAR ALONG IN THE PREGNANCY ARE YOU?It is important to know how far along you are in your pregnancy, and an ultrasound will help determine an accurate gestational age of your baby. This is important to know no matter what option you are leaning towards. If you are thinking of having an abortion, there are different procedures depending on the gestational age of your baby. If you are leaning towards parenting or making an adoption plan, it is important that you begin getting medical care as soon as possible for a healthy pregnancy.
2. IS THIS A VIABLE PREGNANCY?
An ultrasound will also help determine if your pregnancy is viable or, in other words, if the heartbeat is present. Additionally, an ultrasound also helps determine the chances of a miscarriage occurring. Studies show that approximately 20 percent of pregnancies under 10 weeks end in miscarriage.
Therefore, why schedule an abortion if you don’t necessarily need one?* Whether you are planning to have an abortion or not, it is always important to know if your pregnancy is viable and if you are prone to miscarriage.
*(Note: Even if you are prone to miscarriage, you still need to seek medical attention).