If you’re expecting the arrival of a little one then you may be interested to learn more about pregnancy ultrasounds and how many you should be getting.  According to an online article by the Mayo Clinic Staff, Tests and Procedures, Fetal Ultrasound, you should approach ultrasound usage with discernment. A pregnancy ultrasound is also referred to as a sonogram which consists of an imaging technique using high frequency sound waves to produce an image inside the uterus.  These hi-tech images allow your healthcare provider to monitor your baby’s development and growth. Generally speaking, first trimester ultrasound examinations are performed to confirm gestational age, and a second trimester ultrasound is often ordered to determine your baby's sex.  If your baby’s health needs to be more closely monitored, your OBGYN may request more frequent sonogram evaluations. Apart from the previously stated reasons for pregnancy ultrasound performance, your healthcare provider may use this type of imagining to determine: -Location of the baby -Confirm the number of babies -Monitor your baby’s movement, breathing, and heart rate -Study the placenta and amniotic fluid levels to ensure adequate supply of nutrients and oxygen-rich blood -Identify birth defects -Further investigate signs or symptoms related to pregnancy complications -Perform other prenatal testing which require specimen extraction and careful needle placement for sample collection -Determine fetal position before delivery to see if a c-section is needed The use of sonogram technology should be for medical purposes only.  It is not intended for the production of keepsake pictures and learning the sex of the baby, (although it is very exciting to know)!   These procedures are considered safe when used appropriately, however having more ultrasounds than needed can put baby at risk for too much radiation exposure. There are many ultrasound types and techniques each showing a different point of focus for your doctor’s ongoing health assessments.  You should discuss any questions or concerns regarding ultrasound frequency with your physician. Remember, ultrasounds are intended to monitor the health of your baby… and nothing is more valuable than the health of your growing family. Health and nutrition to promote healthy babies doesn’t stop after delivery; so if you’re planning to breastfeed then consider the support of a double electric breast pump.  Most insurance policies offer coverage for breastfeeding equipment and supplies to include electric breast pumps. Submit your information to Aeroflow Breastpumps by clicking here to learn if you can own a double electric breast pump without any out of pocket cost to you!  And for additional educational materials check out the Aeroflow Mom and Baby Blog, we’re constantly covering all things mom and baby to help support healthy families!