(Closed) Level 2 ultrasounds- share your experiences

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

yougotme:  I had a level 2 ultrasound because one of my babies has a single umbilical artery (can be a marker for heart/organ defects).  It’s pretty much just like a regular ultrasound, but the picture is so much clearer; however, the technician was very thorough (checking for chambers in the heart, kidney development, etc).  So far the doctors haven’t seen anything unusual, but I do have a follow-up this Friday just to be sure (it’ll be my 3rd one), but they’ve explained everything they saw at the end of each appointment.  I don’t think they would’ve even discovered the SUA if I hadn’t gone there for my anatomy scan, but I feel better knowing exactly what is going on.  Hopefully everything is just fine with your baby and your doctor is just being cautious.

Post # 3
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

yougotme:  From the stories I have heard, many moms get refered to level 2 ultrasounds and a lot of the time everything turns out fine. They just want to be extra sure if they can’t get a clear enough view. Of course, you never know, and it is very worrying!


1. Ultrasound tech thought she saw cleft lip. Turns out, she also couldn’t get a clear view of all four chambers of the heart, but no one told me that until after the level 2.

2. Appointment was fine, the tech did everything and then the doctor came in to double check. Took probably 40 minutes.

3. The doctor told me on the spot. Everything was fine with the baby.

Keep in mind, they may do things differently depending on where you live! I’m in BC, Canada 🙂


Good luck, I hope everything goes well for you!

Post # 4
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

1. Why were you referred for a level 2 ultrasound? I was diagnosed with kidney disease early in my twenties, however the type of disease can have a big impact on baby/pregnancy. They wanted to take a good look at everything in closer detail to make sure there were no effects from the kidney function on our wee babe. 

2. What was the appointment like? How long did it take? The appointment was great! Much like every other ultrasound, we just had to go to a different hospital (level 2 hospital) and see a specialist right after for results after my final u/s. They were certainly longer than the usual ultrasounds. I had 2 done, and I think because baby wasn’t cooperating one was about 45 mins long and the other was maybe half an hour or so?

3. Did you leave the appointment with some sort of resolution or the information you needed or did you have to wait for a doctor of follow up appoinment? Both. The first appointment they don’t tell you anything (or at least they didn’t tell me)… I just showed up, had the u/s and went home. The second and final one I met with the specialist/doctor right after to go over it all and confirm that everything was fine and I could deliver at a level 1 hospital as planned. 

Hope that helps!

Post # 5
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

We had a level 2 u/s by default because we wanted genetic testing done and our midwives’ office didn’t have a u/s machine. They referred us to a Maternal Fetal Medicine office for the genetic testing and screening, so we had our anatomy scan done there with lvl 2 gear and a radiologist (sonographer?) instead of a u/s tech did the scan. The scan was very fast (20 mins) because there was no particular problem they were looking for and the doc was so seasoned. We left feeling great and were well taken care of.

Post # 6
1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did IVF, and they do fetal echos as a matter of course at my MFM practice.  It was basically a really in depth ultrasound of the heart.  It took a while, basically because we had 3 people do scans– the tech, a fellow, and the attending.  I don’t know why there were so many, perhaps because it was teaching hospital?  But they told me as they were doing it that everything looked great.  Good luck!

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