How many ultrasounds did you receive during pregnancy?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@hspw714:  That seems odd. I got one early on because I requested, but typically I would get one at 12 weeks and 20 weeks (gender confirmation if I so choose and anatomy scan). I haven’t heard of them giving one at each visit though unless there is something wrong or a history of complications.

I wonder why they don’t do it at the 12 week mark for you but they do it at the first visit?

Post # 4
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

the 12 week ultrasound is typically optional for the NT scan to test for Downs. I personally have an U/S every appt and then some because I have high risk issues that require attention to baby’s growth and movement. some places do an early u/s for the best dating… other places dont and only do an anatomy scan.

it does seem odd your current ob does so many u/s because they usually arent covered in insurance…

Post # 5
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

For my DD they did it every few visits. With my DS they did it every visit (different OB/GYN) and they were free. I got the chicken pox while pregnant and they were concerned about his spine and brain… he came out fine. I loved seeing what was going on in there.


Post # 6
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@megz06:  my OB is similar where you get a 12wk ultrasound done as part of the IPS testing and then an anatomy scan at 20wks. No other ultrasounds are normally done unless they suspect any issues. I was told they may do one closer to end of term to assess the position of the baby but they aren’t sure at this point.

Post # 7
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m 20w now and I’m not sure if I’ll have any more.  However, I had one at 8w, 12w and 20w 🙂

Post # 8
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Typically, I would have only gotten the dating US at 6 weeks and the anatomy scan (I declined the NT scan/test), but my OBs suspected a huge baby so I had 2 more at 36.5 and 38.5 weeks to confirm


Post # 9
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

here in mexico they do one every 4 weeks, so ive had my 8 and 12 week U/S and will be going for my 16week in 2 weeks

Post # 10
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hspw714:  8 week dating, 12 week NT which was optional and the 20 week anatomy scan. Unless there are issues there won’t be any after the 20 week. You don’t need and shouldn’t be getting an u/s at every appointment Without medical indication/you’re high risk.


Post # 11
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have one at every monthly appointment 🙂 I guess it’s just standard procedure at my OB because I’m not high risk or anything. Had mine at 5wks to confirm, 11wks, 15wks for gender scan, 21wks and my next will be at 25wks 🙂

Post # 12
2243 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m only having 1 at 20 weeks. In my province, this is the only one that’s covered unless you have complications. Either way, it’s safer to minimize the amount U/S you expose your baby to. There are some studies that suggest that it could influence fetal brain development.

Post # 13
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I had early complications, so I had one at 6 weeks and again at 8 weeks (to confirm heartbeat). Then I had my 20 week scan. My OB said I won’t have another unless there are problems. 

Post # 14
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Technically, I’ll only have 2 at my doctor’s office.  I had one at 6w to verify the pregnancy, then I just had my 20w, but unfortunately, this one wasn’t completely covered by insurance.  I’m lucky enough to have a friend that works in the perinatal unit at a local hospital, so she was able to get us in around 17w for an early gender scan, then offered to bring us back in again around 28w for a 3D.

Post # 15
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Here, you only get one anatomy scan around 18-20 weeks.

Unless you don’t know when you conceived, or have complications. Personally, I needed lots of u/s and I hated it… I feel like there’s way too many unknowns with the effects of ultrasounds…but I’m an odd duck. lol

Post # 16
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think my practice only routinely does the 20 week anatomy/gender scan, but I ended up getting several more than that for various reasons.  I had one around 13 weeks to check everything out because I was measuring a little small, the 20 week scan, another at 24 weeks because baby wouldn’t cooperate and let the tech get some of the measurements she needed, two with a specialist at 25 weeks because they didn’t like one of her measurements (though there fortunately didn’t end up being anything wrong), then ultrasounds at 32 and 36 weeks to keep an eye on her size, since I’m pretty petite and some large babies run in DH’s family.  So I only really expected one, but ended up with seven.

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