According to the Mayo Clinic, about 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound confirms vital details of your pregnancy so you can know how to move forward. An ultrasound verifies three things, including:

  1. How far along you are in your pregnancy 
  2. The viability of your pregnancy (if there is a heartbeat/growing)
  3. The location of your pregnancy (if it’s growing within your uterus or not)

If you are considering abortion, it is vital that you receive an ultrasound first to identify your exact gestation and avoid unnecessary health risks. An ultrasound can alert you to any health complications as well.