Slide show: Fetal ultrasound
Image of a pregnant woman having a fetal ultrasound
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A fetal ultrasound can give you an early glimpse of your baby, but it isn't done for parental thrills. A fetal ultrasound can help your health care provider evaluate your baby's growth and development and determine how your pregnancy is progressing. In some cases, fetal ultrasound is used to evaluate possible problems or help confirm a diagnosis.

Ultrasound should be requested only by a doctor or licensed health care provider for medical reasons.

Wonder what to expect? Here's a look at real fetal ultrasound images, as well as tips for understanding the images.

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