Limited OB Ultrasounds

free ultrasound with foothills care center

What are Limited OB Ultrasounds?

– Ultrasound machines use sonography, or bouncing sound waves, to display the reality of a fetus in a woman’s womb. Ultrasounds are administered by one of our trained sonographers. 

The limited OB ultrasounds we give here will confirm pregnancy, measure how far along you are, detect a heartbeat, and display what we can see inside your womb. From there, we urge you to see an OBGYN for prenatal care.

We offer these for free at our Seneca and Clemson Centers.

Why get an Ultrasound?

In general, ultrasounds are key to:

1. Measure precisely how far along you are

2. Determine if your pregnancy is viable (baby is alive)

3. Confirm if the baby is in your uterus vs ectopic pregnancy (outside of your uterus) 

If you are considering taking the abortion pill, it is VITAL for your safety that you receive an ultrasound to measure gestational age and location of your pregnancy. It is also key to know if your pregnancy is viable, since a significant number of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Knowing this can save you from having to go through an abortion. 

Why get an ultrasound before taking the pill?

 1. The abortion pill becomes less effective the farther along you are.

It is important to know how many weeks you are via an ultrasound, because the risk of complications (ex: needing further surgeries to complete the abortion, hemorrhage, and bleeding) from the abortion pill regimen increases if you are past 10 weeks gestation. You can reduce that risk by being informed on how far along you are with an ultrasound.

 2. There is no need to take the abortion pill if you have or may miscarry naturally.

Miscarriage isthe spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. 26% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur very early in pregnancy — before many women even know they are pregnant. The pregnancy hormone hCG may still be detected with a urine pregnancy test if you have recently miscarried. Pregnancy testing is accurate at detecting the presence of hCG, but only an ultrasound can verify the pregnancy’s viability. There is no need to go through the physical, financial and emotional strain of an abortion if you have already miscarried. An ultrasound can reveal if your pregnancy is viable or not and detect your baby’s heartbeat.


3. To prevent an ectopic pregnancy from going unnoticed.

An ectopic pregnancy is a condition where a fertilized egg (the first stage of human life) implants in a woman’s fallopian tube instead of her uterus. This condition is life threatening for the mother, as her fallopian tube and the fetus inside will soon burst. 

The abortion pill regimen does not work on ectopic pregnancies, AND abortion pill symptoms mimic symptoms of ectopic pregnancy. Women who take the pills without having an ultrasound will not know if they have a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, and delay seeking medical care. That is why it is vital for your health and wellbeing that you receive an ultrasound if you are considering a chemical abortion. 

Your Ultrasound Visit with Us

After you complete your intake appointment with us, our receptionist will schedule your ultrasound as soon as she can. There are times when we can give you an ultrasound on the same day as your pregnancy test and intake, but it is at our nurse’s discretion. You may bring your partner or loved ones to your ultrasound appointment. The first part of your appointment we will ask to take you back alone, but after that, 1 or 2 guests will be welcome back if you wish. Please let us know if you will be bringing young kids so we can arrange do have a playroom volunteer present. Pictured right are our compassionate and professional sonographers, Angie & Anita.

Call us to set up your intake appointment! We will set up your ultrasound from there.

Foothills Care Center ultrasound machine