(Closed) Is 12 weeks normal/common?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine won’t get you get until 10 weeks and even then the baby wasn’t in a place for the doppler to hear him. As for ultrasounds, the first is typically around 12 weeks unless you need a dating ultrasound. I had a dating ultrasound due to irregular cycles and the practice wanting to confirm my charts (cycle was over 100 days), otherwise their standard first ultrasound is 20 weeks unless you opt for an NT scan at 12.

Post # 4
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m sitting I my GPs waiting room bow for my first chance to gear the heartbeat. I’m 13w3d today. I haven’t had a scan, and won’t get one till 18 weeks. They don’t do early scans here in my city.

Post # 5
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My first ultrasound was just last week, at 8 weeks 4 days.  Pretty much all of my friends have had ultrasounds around 7-8 weeks, and my doctor said I could go as early as 7 weeks…we just couldn’t get off work at any of the available appointment times until I was 8 weeks.  But I’m sure it depends on your insurance and your doctor. 

You can always pay for an extra elective ultrasound out of pocket, or call your insurance and see if they do cover an earlier ultrasound.  I will basically have 3 (unless there are problems, in which case I would have a lot more).  My first ultrasound for dating purposes (and we saw the heartbeat, which was awesome…it also verified that the baby was “in the right place”, that it wasn’t ectopic, that it was the right size, viable, etc): 1 at 8 weeks, the nuchal ultrasound at 12 weeks, and one at 18-20 weeks for the anatomy scan/gender info. 

Hope that helps!

Post # 6
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

12 weeks is normal in the UK unless its a viability scan which you usually have to pay for.

Post # 7
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This is normal.  I had a dating ultrasound at 6.5 weeks (I got pregnant on the pill and hadn’t had a “period” for 3 months, so didn’t know how far along I was), but otherwise I wouldn’t have had an ultrasound until ~12 weeks.  

Post # 8
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had a dating ultrasound at just shy of 7 weeks, then an appointment with bloodwork at 10 weeks (ended up with another ultrasound at that appt due to spotting), then NT scan ultrasound at 12.5 weeks.  I find it a little odd that you don’t go in for a dating ultrasound first.  Do they offer NT scans there?  I don’t understand how you could get that scan without a dating ultrasound prior to make sure you are doing it at the right time, since there is only a very specific window you can use for it.  But maybe your office dates solely on your last period?  I guess it is different everywhere but I would have gone nuts waiting!  

Post # 9
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I didn’t even have my first prenatal appointment until 11 weeks, and they would have just done a doppler (no u/s) IF they could have located the heartbeat.  Luckily (sort of) I have a rather uncooperative fetus -I also had a very empty bladder- so they did a quick, unofficial u/s to make sure there was even a baby in there.

My first official, scheduled u/s was my NT scan and that was around 13 weeks.

The next one was my anatomy scan, around 18 weeks.

Post # 10
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I only got to hear my baby at 12 weeks, and had to wait until 18 weeks for my first ultrasound.

Post # 11
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I had what I assume was a dating scan at 8 weeks which confirmed exactly what I already knew.  I have another appointment at 12 weeks, so if they are going to do a NT scan that will be when they do it.  The paperwork I got for them said that they would do at least 2.  One at 8 weeks and one at 20 weeks. 

Post # 12
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had an ultrasound at 13w5d and heard the heartbeat for the first time about a week later. It wasn’t super fun waiting that long to get reassurance that she was ok. I was so nervous before that first ultrasound!

Post # 15
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Yep completely normal. Unless they need a dating US there usually an US until the NT scan (with  my first pregnancy I was so low risk, they didn’t even offer it). And then the 20 week anatomy scan. For my first pregnancy I only had that one US, which pretty common in healthy pregnancies.My second pregnancy I had a large hemorrhage so I had frequent Us and then this pregnancy I had 3  total.

I think sometimes we see so many people have multiple US on here that we get a little bit different view than what is typical.



Post # 16
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve had 3 ultra sounds thus far and I’m 9 weeks. But I’ve had so many because I’ve had a few scares. I have one scheduled for 12 weeks.

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