Post # 1
So, here’s what I found on my OBGYN’s website for their calendar of appointments. I don’t get an u/s until week 20 🙁 but don’t they do an ultrasound for dating? They only offer u/s at 20 weeks, but do offer a package for u/s, so I’m not sure if that’s how I’d get them if I wanted more? We aren’t finding out the gender, so that’s not really a problem, just sad that I only get 1 picture, except for what I have to pay for (which I can get reimbursed for from work).
* Determine due date * Discuss prenatal vitamins * Order laboratory testing * Physical exam
About 12 Weeks
* Check weight, Bridal Party, and urine * Discuss prenatal laboratory testing * Listen to fetal heart beat
Post # 3
@pmerr: They usually only do a dating ultrasound if you are unsure of your last menstrual period or if you are having symptoms of “threatened abortion,” such as cramping, bleeding, etc. There is some controversy about doing elective extra ultrasounds, but if your first one isn’t until 20 weeks, I would definitely want one before then to make sure everything is okay and I have a beating heart in there! At least before I would announce.
Post # 4
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The standard is one U/S mid pregnancy: an anatomy scan.
Earlier U/S are only necessary is you have no idea when you got pregnant or are at high risk for miscarriage. An U/S is a medical procedure, so many offices don’t perform ones that are not medically necessary.
However, if you choose to have an NT scan at about 12 weeks, that includes an U/S.
Post # 5
@ChuckNorris: I know! That’s what I want! No way am I getting to week 20 without actually seeing. Now, they do the heartbeat every visit, but still!
Post # 6
They don’t always do a dating ultrasound – it’s typically done when your cycles are irregular because it’s harder to know when you conceived. I didn’t have one because my cycles were very regular (I know exactly when LO was conceived).
They did offer us the NT scan, which I chose to do at 13 weeks. That and the anatomy scan are likely the only two ultrasounds I’ll have unless any issues come up. Interestingly enough, I always assumed I would get more ultrasounds than normal because I have pre-existing hypertension, but my OB doesn’t really treat me as “high risk.”
Post # 7
@pmerr: As I’m a high risk pregnancy I’ve had numerous appointments and ultrasounds. A dating scan at 5w4d, another at 8w1d (due to a large sub-chorionic hemorrhage), scan during appointment with OB at 10w4d, nuchal translucency scan at 12w and another scan with OB at 13w as I had heavy bleeding and pain due to the hemorrhage. I live in Australia and have top private medical insurance so I have very little out of pocket expenses, after Medicare rebates. I’m seeing my OB for another appointment and ultrasound next week at 14w3d to measure my cervix length, as I’ve had multiple surgeries and chemo treatment for cervical cancer in the past which may cause cervical incompetence. If it’s shortening I’ll need a stitch at 14-16 weeks. I miscarried my last pregnancy so that’s another reason why I’m being closely monitored. It’s unfortunate that I’m a high risk pregnancy but I feel lucky to receive such good care and get to see/hear my baby so often.
The standard ultrasounds here are usually dating at 5-8 weeks, Nuchal at 12-13 weeks and Morphology at 20 weeks.
Post # 8
I’m over 30 so I opted to have the NT scan and associated blood work to check for certain defects.
I did have one at my first prenatal appointment though because they could not find the heart beat with the doppler so they took a quick, unofficial peek just to make sure I was really pregnant.
The next scan was my anatomy scan, but they found a choroid plexus cycst so I had 2 follow-up u/s to make sure that cleared up.
Technically, I should have only had 2 u/s- the 11-13 week NT scan & the 20 week anatomy scan. I ended up with 5 total instead though.