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3 Unique Things A Sonogram Can Tell You About Your Baby

by Brett Mills

There are several well known things that can be seen on an sonogram during pregnancy, such as the gender or your baby or the position of your baby. However, there are several other things that a sonographer can see when they give you a sonogram or ultrasound (at centers like All Women's Clinic) during pregnancy. These things can help to ensure that your baby is healthy, and can help you prepare for later on in your pregnancy, and even delivery. This article will discuss 3 unique things a sonogram can tell you about your baby. 

Where The Placenta Is Located

Often times it is important for the doctor to know where the placenta is located because this can effect delivery. If the placenta is blocking the birth canal clear up until it is time for delivery, then you are likely going to need a caesarean section. This is due to the fact that the placenta is blocking your baby's exit. The placement of the placenta can also greatly influence where the umbilical cord is. A sonogram will allow the sonographer to examine your baby, to see if  the cord is wrapped around his or her neck, and is negatively affecting them. However, even if the cord is not affecting your child at the moment, the visual of this on the sonogram will likely allow your doctor and nurses to monitor your baby even closer during your delivery. 

If Your Baby's Kidneys Are Functioning Properly

If your baby's kidneys are not functioning as they should, this will easily be seen on a sonogram. This is done because a kidney that is not  functioning properly will be filled with urine, and may also be enlarged. This is due to the fact that the urine cannot properly drain from the kidney. Seeing this condition on the ultrasound will allow your doctor to monitor your baby closely, so that they can prepare for what needs to be done to help the baby after they are delivered. 

How Much Amniotic Fluid You Have

It is important to make sure that your baby has enough amniotic fluid especially towards the end of your pregnancy. This can also be checked quite quickly and easily using a sonogram. By looking for the fluid filled areas on the ultrasound, the sonographer can calculate exactly how much fluid you have inside. This will then allow them to see if your baby is getting enough fluid, or if your baby is a high risk baby.