So you’ve had a positive pregnancy test (or maybe several). There are probably so many thoughts and emotions swimming through your mind right now that you don’t even know where to begin. Where should you go from here? What is the next step?

The next best step, no matter what pregnancy option you are considering, is to obtain an ultrasound as soon as possible. Here are three reasons why receiving an ultrasound is very important after a positive pregnancy test:

1. Make sure your pregnancy is viable

You may have had a positive pregnancy test, but that does not rule out the possibility of miscarriage or even a false positive. The best way to confirm that you are, in fact, pregnant, is by ultrasound. In rare cases, there is also the possibility that your pregnancy is ectopic. That means that the embryo is implanted outside of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy is not considered viable. It is extremely important to confirm that you have a viable pregnancy, whether you are considering parenting, making an adoption plan, or having an abortion.

2. Check that your baby has a heartbeat

One of the surest signs of pregnancy viability is a beating heart. During your ultrasound, the sonographer, technician, or nurse will check to see that the baby is showing signs of fetal cardiac activity. She will also measure the heartbeat to ensure that it is within the normal range, depending on the gestational age of your baby.

3. Verify the gestational age

You may be able to estimate the gestational age of your baby by tracking your last menstrual period. While this method can give you an idea of how far along you are, it is not always accurate. During an ultrasound, your baby will be measured so that you can be confident of how far along you are in your pregnancy. This information can then be used to determine the next steps that are right for you.

Obtaining an ultrasound is the crucial next step after having a positive pregnancy test. We provide limited obstetric ultrasounds to many of our clients who have a positive pregnancy test with us so that they can be sure of pregnancy viability, heartbeat status, and gestational age. Call us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment.