Thursday, August 22, 2013

How Accurate is a Sonogram in Dating a Pregnancy?

Ultrasound also called sonogram, you are usually offered 2 routine scans during pregnancy. Sometimes it can be more than 2 depending on your situation. The first scan can be a thrilling and revealing moment as you and your partner catch the first glimpse of your baby. Scans are screening tests that your doctor uses to see your baby through sound waves which creates visual images of the uterus, baby and placenta that can be seen on a monitor. Information on the progress of your pregnancy and baby's well being are derived from these scans.

Early pregnancy scan

  • It is usually offered between weeks 11 and 14 to determine your due date. The scan at this stage is more accurate than counting from your first day of your last period (LMP).
  • The scan offers you a chance to see your baby for the first time
  • Scan done before this will be through the vagina aptly called a transvaginal scan.
  • You will not be able to determine the sex of the baby at this stage.
  • This scan is used to rule out ectopic pregnancy and threatened miscarriage
  • This scan is used to help determine if you need further tests such as nuchal fold scan or CVS
  • This scan is used to determine if you are carrying more than one baby 

First Way of Eugene offers free pregnancy testing and free sonograms.  Come on by or call and make an appointment!

1st Way
1667 High Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Call  541.687.8651 
or  1-800-848-LOVE 


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Can I be pregnant and still have a period?

A common question many women ask is whether they can be pregnant and still have a period. Many women are confused because they have lots of pregnancy symptoms and then suddenly see bleeding. "Was I wrong?" they wonder.

If you truly are pregnant and some light or one-day bleeding occurs, it may be what is called, "implantation bleeding." This occurs when the fertilized egg burrows into the uterus in order to attach. Not all women experience bleeding when this happens, but some do.

Implantation bleeding seems like a period, but it is not actually a period. Mistaking implantation bleeding for a period is why some women don't realize they are pregnant until later into their pregnancy. Get tested just in case!

Other reasons why you might bleed when you are pregnant include pelvic exams and sex. This is because more blood goes to your cervix during pregnancy. So, some degree of bleeding during pregnancy can be completely normal.

Bleeding can also be a sign of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is life-threatening. See a doctor immediately if you suspect ectopic pregnancy.

Regardless, if you are worried you might be pregnant and you live in Eugene, Oregon, come and visit us at 1667 High Street. We offer free pregnancy tests and free ultrasound. It's important to know for sure in order to care for your health and plan future decisions. 1st Way is happy to help!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Am I having "Morning Sickness?"

Throwing up first thing in the morning? Wondering if you're pregnant? 

If you are throwing up first thing in the morning or any other time of day, it's a good idea to check with your doctor. You could have the flu, food poisoning or any variety of problems. However, nausea and vomiting is accompanied by other symptoms of pregnancy, you may want to get a pregnancy test as well.

Why do they call it morning sickness when I feel nauseated all day long?

"Morning sickness" is just an expression. "Nausea and vomiting" is a real symptom of pregnancy, and it can happen any time of day. Many women experience nausea, with or without vomiting, early in the day and as the day goes on, it lessens.

However, not all experiences are typical. Nausea and vomiting can happen in any phase of pregnancy, even though it usually occurs (3/4 of the time) in the first fourteen weeks and then subsides. If this is not the case with you, this does not necessarily mean anything is wrong with you, but you should see your doctor to make sure.

What causes nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy?

Nausea and vomiting can be caused by increase in hormones, such as estrogen and hCG, increased sensitivity to odors, or merely a stomach that is sensitive to the process of pregnancy.

If you are concerned that you might be pregnant, come in and visit us at 1st Way!

1667 High Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Call 541.687.8651
or 1-800-848-LOVE


We'll be happy to help!