Post # 1
I’m living abroad and the only facility I have available is the military base, so I don’t know if this is normal or not in the states.
I went for an appointment at 8 weeks (ultrasound with heartbeat!) and then they scheduled my next one for 16 weeks. They don’t do the NT scan here, so no ultrasound at 12 weeks. I just found out that my 16-week appointment doesn’t include an ultrasound, but they’ll give me a referral for an ultrasound at 20-weeks.
I’m really, really bummed about this, especially because my mom and dad will be in town and my mom is coming to that 16-week appointment with me. We were assuming we’d get to see the baby, but now it’s just going to be lab work. I was told I can pay out of pocket (€150) for an ultrasound about 50 miles from here.
Since this is my first pregnancy, and since I’m living overseas with a military base as my only facility, I have no idea if this is normal or not for ultrasound appointments to be so spread apart.
Post # 3
Mine have been every 7 weeks but I have had an ultrasound at those and then in between I go for one (nt scan at 11 and anatomy at 19)
Post # 4
@jesstagirl: I’m in Greece, and
I had the 8week appointment which had a vaginal exam, as well as a scan, we got to see the bean and hear it’s heartbeat.
Second I just had the other week, and was my 12 week scan, although because of NAtional Holidays etc it was actually a 13 week scan. We had an ultrasound (And they gave us a 25 minute DVD of the scan). We were extremely lucky and got to find out the sex. He’s a boy!! This test was primarily for the A-Test as it’s called here, or Nuchal Fold Test.
We will be going again at 16 weeks, where we will be having another scan, and the doctor has also scheduled that we meet with a specialist for a fetal echocardigraphy as I was born with a minor heart defect and they want check that baby is OK. My conditon isn’t hereditary, but as the doctors said that better safe than sorry.
Next visit will be at week 25 for yet another scan. That up to now is all the information I have. They do a lot of scans here I think…
EDIT: 150 Euros sounds about right. We’re paying 120 each time. Check with your health insurance if you would be able to claim this back.
Post # 5
I go every 4 weeks until about 7 months. Then it’s twice a month for 2 months and then once a week until delivery. I had an ultrasound at 8w for dating and then the anatomy scan at 19w. Those are the only 2 I’ll have as long as nothing is wrong.
Post # 6
I think your experience is fairly typical for a low-risk pregnancy. I had a 8 week dating ultrasound and saw my midwife approximately every 4 weeks. We were offered the 12 week nt scan but didn’t do it. Our anatomy/gender ultrasound was at 20 weeks (she said before that wouldn’t be as accurate for gender & I think they want babies to grow more for when they check organs and stuff).
I live in Colorado, am 36 weeks now & just started my weekly visits.
Post # 7
Right now I am going every four weeks. When I get to my seventh month, I will go every two weeks, then once a week in my ninth month.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone, I’ve cooled down a little bit from this morning! I feel bad for getting in such a huff about it and over-reacting, but it turns out they did give me a paper with all of the appointments and corresponding weeks, but they gave it to me in my first trimester when I could barely feed myself, let alone read/recall all of the info they poured on me! I went in today and talked to them and I feel better now about everything. Even though I don’t get an ultrasound for my 16w-appt, they will listen to the heartbeat to make sure everything is a-okay there, so that will be good enough for me.
It’s SO interesting how every insurance/doctor/office is different in their standards!
Post # 9
So far, roughly every four to six weeks. After the next one, which is Sept. 19, it’ll be every two weeks.
Post # 10
I’ve been seeing my midwife every 6 weeks and just had an ultrasound at 20 weeks, which for a healthy pregnancy is completely normal.