Now that it has settled in that you are pregnant, you begin to wonder, “how far along am I?”. This question can be answered in different ways, some more accurate than others.
For starters, you can ask google for a pregnancy calculator. By entering the first day of your last period, the calculator will indicate your baby’s due date. This is an estimated date of course, but it is a starting place.
The most accurate way to determine gestational age is an ultrasound.
This is important for a few reasons. If you are considering abortion options, knowing the exact gestational age may determine what type of abortion procedure you are eligible for at this stage of pregnancy as well as your options with pills that terminate pregnancy. An ultrasound will also confirm if your pregnancy is viable with a measurable heartbeat – important to know to avoid an unnecessary procedure if considering abortion.
Gateway is able to help you get the information you need to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Following a positive pregnancy test, a nurse may approve a limited ultrasound. This free procedure will determine whether the pregnancy is viable (detect fetal heartbeat) and is in the uterus, as well as how far along you are and your expected due date.
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