The 14th week of pregnancy is a big milestone. You’re finally in your second trimester! The next few months are a time of rapid development for your baby, who is now the size of an avocado. You may also be feeling more energetic and less tired than you were during the first trimester. This article will cover What to Expect at Your 14-Week Ultrasound!
The second trimester is the time when your baby is developing and growing into a fetus. At 14 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown to about 4 inches long and weighs about 1 ounce.
In this week of pregnancy, your baby’s nose is still flat, but its ears are starting to form. Your baby’s arms and legs are getting longer and can move around more now. The bones in your baby’s spine are also forming this week.
Your uterus should now be measuring around 4 to 5 inches from top to bottom (around 10 centimeters), which means that it should be about the size of a grapefruit or large orange.
What is a 14-Week Ultrasound?
A 14-week ultrasound is a scan that is performed during the second trimester of pregnancy. This ultrasound is also known as a level 2 ultrasound, which is usually performed between 14 weeks and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The purpose of this scan is to check on your baby’s health and determine whether there are any issues with your pregnancy. The fetus’s size will be measured, along with its internal organs, limbs, spine, and brain.
At this stage in your pregnancy, it’s important to make sure that everything is developing as it should be. If there are any abnormalities detected on this scan, then you may need further testing or treatment after birth.
How Much Does a 14-Week Ultrasound Cost?
The cost of ultrasound varies from one place to another. In general, you should expect to pay around $200 for a 14-week ultrasound. However, there are some places that offer package deals that can save you money on this procedure. You should also keep in mind that if your insurance does not cover this type of test, then the total cost of the procedure will be higher than the $200 range.
During your 14-week ultrasound, your technician will check to make sure the baby is growing and developing normally.
How to Prepare for Your Ultrasound
You don’t need to do anything special before having a prenatal ultrasound. If you have any questions or concerns about the test, ask your healthcare provider or the technician performing it.
Here are the steps you should take before your ultrasound:
- Get a full bladder by drinking water. This will help ensure that your doctor can get the best view of your baby’s face, spine, and heart.
- Don’t eat or drink anything for two hours before the appointment. You can drink water until shortly before the exam, but avoid eating anything to prevent it from being in your stomach during the test.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to your abdomen area.
What Happens During a Prenatal Ultrasound?
During a prenatal ultrasound, you’ll lie on an exam table with your lower abdomen exposed so that the ultrasound transducer can be placed directly on your skin. The transducer may be lubricated with gel and covered by a protective plastic sheath before being placed on your abdomen. The technician uses a handheld probe to move the transducer around as needed to capture images of your baby. A computer screen displays these images in real-time as they’re taken by the transducer, allowing you and your partner to watch as well as listen to any sounds coming from inside your womb. The technician may also collect some blood from your arm using a needle so that it can be analyzed for potential problems like Down syndrome or other genetic defects.
What Will My Doctor be Able to Tell from the Ultrasound at 14 weeks?
The ultrasound at 14 weeks can tell you if you are having a boy or a girl. It can also give your doctor an idea of how big the baby is and how far along your pregnancy is.
The ultrasound at 14 weeks will show an image of the baby’s face, hands, and feet. If it’s a boy, it will be easier to see his testicles. The heart and stomach will also be visible.
Your doctor may also be able to tell if there are any problems with the baby, such as fluid around the brain or spine, abnormal positioning in the uterus, or other issues that may require treatment before birth.
The Risks Associated with Ultrasounds Include:
- Internal bleeding or infection from any damage to the lining of your abdomen or pelvis during an abdominal ultrasound test.
- Infection from changing body fluids during vaginal ultrasound tests.
- Increased risk of miscarriage if you’re pregnant and have an ultrasound that uses higher-than-normal levels of radiation (this includes all 3D/4D ultrasounds).
- Ultrasounds cannot detect every possible abnormality in your baby. Some abnormalities may not be visible on an ultrasound until later in pregnancy or after birth.
This ultrasound is intended to give the chance to see the baby’s face, arms, feet, and legs. The skin surrounding the whole body is transparent to allow us to see what is inside. In this case, you can see the fetal bone structures that are beginning to start building your baby’s skeleton. A lot of the structures are small in size and at this stage are not visible to physical eyes. This ultrasound scan gives a tangible sense of hearing the baby’s heartbeat at a rate of 120 beats per minute, which is a similar rhythm of adults! Congratulations!