When I went in for my first pregnancy ultrasound, I was under the impression that the entire situation would be exactly like the scenes played out on television and in movies. I figured I would stay in your clothes, the technician would put jelly on my belly and push a remote-looking thing around until he or she saw my baby. Wrong. There are many things about pregnancy ultrasounds that no one tells you; things that aren't shown on television or in movies; things that, honestly, every new mom should know, as this wealth of knowledge would definitely make those ultrasound visits much, much easier.
Every single one of my ultrasounds was unique and, during every single one, I did not know what to expect. Sure, I had a general idea of what was going to happen and what was expected of me and what I would be learning and/or seeing, but I never knew for sure what would happen when I walked through my doctor's office. I wondered if the technician would be able to find my baby or if I would get pictures. I wondered if they would be able to tell me the sex or if something would be "wrong." I wondered a lot of things, honestly, and the undeniable fact that, hey, I had never done this before, only added to my curiosity.
Pregnancy ultrasounds can be a bit nerve racking, simply because we don't every talk about what to really expect. There's no denying that, once the ultrasounds are over and your baby is in your arms, there are a few things that would have found helpful to know before going in for pregnancy ultrasounds. Here are, just a few, of mine.