(Closed) Miracle in Progress

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They did an ultrasound at my first appointment but I wasn’t able to hear the heartbeat.  I’m not even 100% sure there would be a strong heartbeat that early.  I was finally able to hear the heartbeat at my first trimester screening at about 12 weeks.  Honestly, at 7 weeks your ultrasound looks like a picture from space, it doesn’t look like a baby at all.  If they don’t do a 7 week ultrasound, I’d hold off until your 12 week when you can actually see the baby!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think there’s any harm in it, and $25 isn’t that much. I haven’t been able to actually hear the heartbeat in any of my ultrasounds but I have always been able to see it beating, and see the sonogram of it that shows how fast it is beating. My first one was at 8 weeks though, maybe 7 is too early. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Unless there is a medical necessity at this point, I would keep U/S to a minimum. There is some controversy about how safe they really are. 

“One must be cautious [with ultrasound], not just use it because you want to use it,” says Lawrence Platt, MD, director of the Center for Fetal Medicine and Woman’s Ultrasound in Los Angeles and past president of the AIUM. “It doesn’t mean that we believe that every time you use an ultrasound, you’re harming a fetus. But it also doesn’t mean we can guarantee that it is safe. No one can guarantee it is safe.”

Platt says ultrasound exposure at any length of time or level does not ensure protection from harm. “This isn’t something that should be randomly done without really strong medical indications.”

http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/prenatal-portraits-darling-dangerous?page=2

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@figgnewton:  I would expect that this article is referring to 3D / 4D ultrasounds? I assumed you were just talking about a 2D one. Yeah I would avoid 3 or 4D ones unless I really needed one. But also, ultrasounds have been around for quite some time. If they were causing harm, we would know by now. 

ETA – I’ve read a bit about potential harm of ultrasounds and how intense / frequent they would have to be to be likely to cause harm, and (for 2D US’s), this is still what resonates the most with me in terms of potential for harm: (from the article)

“He worries that non-medical sonography may falsely reassure women of their baby’s health or cause undue anxiety over findings that may turn out to be nothing at all.”

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@araneidae:  Good catch, your right. I think it is for the 3/4-D ultrasounds.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I had a dating US at 6 weeks 5 days, and could see the heartbeat, but they couldn’t measure it yet. Then at 8 weeks, I heard it on a doppler at my next appointment. I don’t know if I could have waited till 20 weeks to see anything, and $25 is pretty cheap! I think most places would do at least a doppler before then, and also the NT scan if you want it is at 12 weeks.

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