How Many Ultrasounds Do You Get?

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
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Bumble bee

I had one at 7-8 weeks, another at 12 weeks (NT scan), then at 20 weeks, that’s all I get. The standard for my practice is only 20 weeks, but due to irregular cycles they performed the 7-8 week one for dating. DH and I elected for a 12 week NT scan, which is covered by insurance.

Sometimes you can ask your doctor for a 3D ultrasound and they can look into doing it through insurance (if covered), or you can find a 3rd party place that does them. We have several elective ultrasound places here and they seem to range from $100-several hundred dollars for different ultrasounds.

The only reason I will have another ultrasound is if my practice requests it. DH doesn’t like ultrasounds (or even dopplers for that matter), so anymore than necessary is too much for him. I have a feeling I may have one later on, only because baby has been measuring big and they will want to monitor him, but who knows.

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Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve only had one – the anatomy/gender scan at 19 weeks. I’m 33 weeks now and I don’t believe I will have another between now and when he arrives. I think a lot of it depends on the doctors office you go to and how you are progressing in your pregnancy. There are private pracitices that do ultrasounds though. I’ve looked at them and the ones around here are like $100 for 15 minutes.  I love seeing the 3D ones from other moms who are as far along as I am. They are quite amazing! you can really see what your baby looks like! I was tempted to go pay for one but with only 6ish weeks left I think I’ll give myself something to be surprised about and just wait for his arrival to really see how he looks.

 

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Sugar bee

@snoie:  +1. My doctor’s office does the same-dating scan only if you have irregular cycles or complications early on, NT optional, and 20 weeks anatomy scan. Anythings after that would be to check out any problems that come up. 

I didn’t have the NT scan with #1, so I only had the 20 week ultrasound. #2 I had a large subchorionic hemorrhage so I had a couple extra until that healed and then I had my 20 week scan. #3 I had one for bleeding at 7 weeks, NT scan and 20 week ultrasound. We won’t have anothe done unless there is a concern.

I am not sure how much it cost to have a 3D one done. I know others have gone to independant ultrasound places and it sounds like it is around $100, but I am not sure. I am not even sure there is one of those in my area.

 

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Busy bee

I’ve had three so far and I don’t really expect to have another one unless something needs to be checked out (I’m 30 weeks now). My first one was a dating ultrasound due to my having irregular cycles. The second was the anatomy scan. And the third was with a heart specialist to check on something unusual found in the anatomy scan (it all turned out totally normal in the end). I think my office only does the anatomy scan unless other ultrasounds are deemed necessary.

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Bumble bee

I had one at 9 weeks then again at 20 weeks,those were billed ones- not the doctor doing them but the tech. I had one at 31 weeks because I really wanted to make sure he was still a boy, I’m crazy I know. I am now 37 weeks and he doctor did a surprise one yesterday. I am very little so he wanted to see how much he weighed. We didn’t do a 3-4D one but I-we def want to next baby.

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Honey bee

I was supposed to only have two – a dating one early on because my cycles are wacky so we couldn’t determine the due date based on when my last period was, and I have another one in three weeks to check on everything and find out the gender(!!!!)

I’ve already had to do two extra though because I was in the ER in a ton of pain and they needed to check and make sure the baby was okay, then they ended up doing another one to check for kidney stones (which I did have – ugh).

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Bumble bee

@PrncssDva:  The NT scan is the nuchal translucency screening. It’s used to look for markers of chromosomal defects, like downs syndrome. It’s bloodwork (mine was a finger prick) and an ultrasound where they check the thickness of the nuchal plus presence of a nasal bone (and other things). They then take the numbers of that plus your bloodwork and give you a 1:x risk. It’s optional at my practice, but DH and I wanted it to make sure baby was doing fine, especially since this wasn’t a planned pregnancy.

They flipped into 3D in both my 12 week and 20 week for a quick preview.

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Buzzing bee

I’ve had quite a few, but it’s definitely not the norm.  I had 2 when I was still under the care of my fertility doc, one when I switched to my OB, one at 14 weeks to measure my cervix, my anatomy scan at almost 18 weeks, then I have to have a follow up one at 26 weeks to check an abnormality from the anatomy scan.  I think 2 tends to be the norm.

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Sugar bee

@Candy_Nee:  I’m like you. I had 2 (at 6 weeks and 8 weeks) while still with my RE, and then had my 3rd at 10 weeks when I switched to my OB. She wants me to come in at 13 weeks for yet another ultrasound. So… it looks like I’ll be having a lot, but this is definitely not the norm if you didn’t have trouble conceiving or anything. It’s fine by me because I like seeing the baby wiggle around!

 

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