Post # 1
I got pregnant naturally but am seeing an RE at a fertility clinic. They did a transvaginal ultrasound at 6.5 weeks (strong heartbeat of 133!) and want me to do another one this week. the nurse said everything looks perfect.
my regular Ob will then do two later in the pregnancy.I am 31, low bmi, not high risk but have very high FSH and low AMH (bad eggs). I never thought I would get pregnant naturally. Ive done a lot of research and it looks like they just don’t have answers regarding risks of ultrasound.
Did you have three or more ultrasounds? Is this something I should be worried about? Everything seems so inconclusive so like usual I’m turning to anecdotes. it would of course make me feel much better to get another ultrasound but I don’t want to harm my baby.
Post # 2
pachamama: Yep, I had 4 before 10 weeks. The first three were routine. One to check for a heartbeat at 6w, one to confirm the due date at 7w, and then a quick heartbeat check at 9 w. I expect to have a similar pattern this time. After 10 weeks you get a NT scan at 12 weeks, anatomy scan at 20, and baby positioning scan by the end.
Post # 3
I had 10-15. I lost track 🙂
One at each appointment, NT scan, anatomy scan, and a couple of growth scans near the end. Dear Daughter is perfect!
Post # 4
Pollywog: Glasgowbound: wow! We’re you worried? Am I being crazy?
Post # 5
pachamama: I had one at 20 weeks and that was it. Could just depend on your doctor/clinic.
Post # 6
I’m 27 weeks and have had six ultrasounds now. I’m not worried about it, I know some women who have an ultrasound every few weeks.
Post # 7
pachamama: No, this was normal. The only time for worry was that the third went horribly, which resulted in the fourth to confirm the heartbeat stopped beating. This time I’m worried (given my previous history), but not of the ultrasound. I’m worried about another MC. I think it’s nice to get to see the baby so much!
Post # 8
Pollywog: you are just a few days behind me. I have a good feeling about our February babies. I do. 🙂
I’ll keep the u/s appt for Wed.
Post # 9
pachamama: Ultrasounds don’t hurt the pregnancy! Seriously. I have patients with complications who get ultrasounds every week. In some specific circumstances, ultrasounds can lead to other interventions (like inducing pregnancy early because an ultrasound predicted a large baby) that can arguably be not as great, but ultrasounds, themselves, don’t cause any issues. I’m not sure about the complications assocaited with your hormone levels, but I’d do whatever your doc recommends and not worry about the ultrasounds.
Post # 11
Totally normal. I had one at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, and then the “big one” at 20.
Post # 12
Lol, I’ve had ultrasounds at my RE at weeks 5, 6, 8, 9. Then I graduated to my normal OB-GYN and she did scans at every visit, so weeks 10, 14, 18. I had the NT scan at 12 weeks, and anatomy scans at 16 and 20 weeks. At my 20 week scan, they discovered a placenta previa, so I had additional scans at weeks 24 and 28. The previa resolved itself at 28 weeks, but amniotic fluid was very low, so I’m now having weekly scans – 29, 30, and 31 weeks so far.
I’ll be 32 weeks on Tuesday and have had 15 ultrasounds so far.
And I’m not worried about the effects of the ultrasounds – much more worried about the low fluid right now!
Post # 13
pachamama: That’s normal for an RE. And the only known side effect of lots of ultrasounds is higher likeliness of the baby being left handed. And you won’t even get to the # associated with that just with a weekly US for the first few weeks like REs do.
Post # 14
pachamama: I was seeing an RE as well, and I do think it’s just standard protocol for them to do ultrasounds every week or two. I had a few hiccups so ended up having them weekly, but in general I would say you get way more spoiled with care and monitoring at the RE’s and it’s not a sign that they think something is wrong. I transferred to an OB when I “graduated” and I miss the days of lots of monitoring and attention! Congratulations!
Post # 15
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I had ultrasounds at weeks 4, 7, and 10. I have another scheduled for week 11 for the NT scan. I’ll also have one done at week 18 for anatomy/gender. After that, I don’t know how often I’ll have them, but that’s already 5 for my pregnancy and I’m not high risk at all, I’m only 26 and was being seen for IF, but that was PCOS related, so it shouldn’t impact the rest of my pregnancy.