The importance of morphological ultrasound - Women Tips

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One of the first feelings that women face to find out that you are pregnant is happiness. Incidentally, the joy usually extend and take care of the whole family! They begin to be made various plans, how to choose the child's name to come, who will be the godparents, as the room will be her etc.

A few days later, it is normal that joy begins to mix with some concern, "is that all is well with my baby?", "Is he is developing normally in my belly?". They are common questions and have its positive side: warn the mother to the need to make regular visits to your gynecologist / obstetrician and then at home all past recommendations for it to ensure a successful pregnancy.

What is the morphological ultrasound

To satisfy this expectation of the expectant mother and to assess whether the baby is developing well within the belly, there are some important tests that need to be made. The morphological ultrasound is one of those.

Sang Choon Cha, vice president of the Brazilian Society of Ultrasound, a lecturer from the Faculty of Medicine at USP and director of Embryo Fetus, he explains that the morphological ultrasound is an examination ultrasound of the fetus, which has as main objective to evaluate the fetal morphology . "Taking into account that about 3% of newborns have structural abnormalities that can affect pregnant women, the morphological ultrasound is recommended for all pregnant women," he says.

According to the professional, the exam allows to diagnose about 90% of fetal abnormalities. "Chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome, can be suspected. Once diagnostic fetal abnormalities, it is often possible treatment during intrauterine life or soon after the baby is born, "said Sang Cha.

When should it be done?

The ideal is to perform two morphological examinations during pregnancy. "In the first quarter: between 12 and 14 weeks of pregnancy, when you can check the important anomalies such as anencephaly, related twins, heart exstrophy, finally, serious anomalies. In this examination, it is also evaluated the nuchal translucency, nasal bone and venous doppler of duct - for assessing the risk for chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome, "explains the professional Sang Cha. "In the second quarter: between 20 and 24 weeks. This is the most thorough examination, when the entire anatomy can be evaluated. About 90% of abnormalities can be diagnosed at this stage. The importance of an early diagnosis of fetal anomalies is the possibility of allowing treatment even during intrauterine life or prepare the couple to receive babies with anomalies, "he adds.

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Professional explains that the examination is done through ultrasound, "and, for the examination to be as accurate as possible, the combination of a good ultrasound equipment to a trained professional is necessary," said Sang Choon Cha. And the examination lasts about 45 minutes.

Cost of morphological ultrasound

According to Sang Cha, currently most of the agreements covers the cost of ultrasound. In private clinics the examination costs about 600 reais.

How to prepare for the exam?

There is no need for any special preparation. "It's just interesting that the pregnant will be accompanied by her husband or by family members, therefore before any changes in the exam, make much difference the support of family," says the doctor.

"But in general, the vast majority of the time the examination is very important to the family's integration with the baby's view that is to come," concludes Sang Cha.

Follow to the letter all the recommendations of your doctor and be attentive to the necessary tests are critical steps to ensure that pregnancy and the baby's birth occur in the best possible way. In addition, all examinations and extra care are like memories of a very special time in a woman's life and the whole family!