Post # 16
REs always seem to do lots of early ultrasounds regardless of how you get pregnant. I’m not sure why they do it other than to know what is going on. There’s not really any interventions they can do based on what they see.
Post # 17
I don’t understand this because I have had 4 miscarriages and I’m almost 10 weeks pregnant and I have only been allowed one ultrasound so far. I would LOVE to have more U/S to calm my nerves.
Post # 18
I did IVF to get this baby on board and my RE’s protocol is 1 ultrasound per week from 6 weeks to 9 weeks. I’m actually going a little nutty waiting for my next ultrasound at 12 weeks, it feels like such a long wait!
Post # 19
Normal. I’ve had over 20 u/s at this point. Be happy, most people would kill for multiple early u/s.
Post # 20
pachamama: I had three. 12weeks, 20 weeks, and 40+3 due to fundal measurements coming up small. Usually doctors/midwives won’t make you go for any more than are necessary. It’s just a risk/benefit balance. It’s not awesome to be getting ultrasounds all the time, but it’s better than the alternative of not catching a serious medical issue, if there are known risk factors.
Post # 21
I had one at 4, 6 and will have one at 9 and again at 11. I’m high risk, but because of my cancer history- otherwise, I too had a pretty low AMH and thought it would be impossible to get pregnant on my own. But to be honest, I don’t think much of the AMH test– it’s not entirely clear what role the test actually plays in predicting fertility.
I wouldn’t worry about the ultrasounds! It’s nicer and reassuring to see the baby more often and as long as they’re not prolonged, hour long ultrasounds, I wouldn’t worry.
Post # 22
almondsyrup: cancer, I’m so sorry. Do you mind me asking what your AMH was? Mine was 0.1 with FSH of 30 the month I got pg so it feels like a miracle.
sara.anna: yeah I read something about the u/s machine needs to be calibrated to the right level. One would hope our doctors know the long-term risks and benefits because there’s not a ton of info.
Post # 23
GrannyPantiesRock: I know, I don’t really get the point of them once ectopic is ruled out, except for to comfort the mother.
Post # 24
pachamama: To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember– I think it was around 0.5 or even lower. To make a long story short, before going back in for radiation (5 years ago- I was 20), I decided to see if I can have some eggs frozen for the future- the fertility doctors drew labs to look at what my chances of harvesting enough viable eggs would be and my AMH was so low, that they refused to do the procedure. They said there’s no way they’d harvest enough eggs. But now, 5 years later, I was off oral contraception for over a year- we stopped protecting all together in May and now I’m 7 weeks pregnant!
Post # 25
I had a dating one at 11 weeks, NT scan at 13, then the anatomy scan at 19 weeks, a follow up to get stuff they missed at 21 weeks, one to check my placenta at 30 weeks, then at least 5 when I was in the hospital before he was born.
So – around 10? Also he got two ultrasounds on his brain in NICU, and one on his shoulder when his PICC was bad.
He’s fine (far as we can tell, he’s almost 12 weeks).
Post # 26
My first u/s was at 12 weeks, then one at 20. That would have been it but the kidneys were slightly dilated so we had one more at 32 weeks and that should be it. I am not high risk, had no issues conceiving and knew my conception date. My midwife can feel for baby’s position towards the end so as long as she can identify baby’s head, there is no need for a ‘positioning’ u/s! I know there is no proof that u/s’s are harmful but I don’t see the need in over doing it if there is no reason i.e. low risk, not seeing an RE, etc but every pregnancy is different. I have a few friends who were low risk and had an u/s at nearly every appointment and to me, that is a little excessive.
Post # 27
I had one at 8 weeks, one at ~12, a quick peak with a handle held machine at 16, anatomy scan at 19, monthly growth scans until 28 weeks, and now I have weekly BPPs. I am high risk though.
Post # 28
I don’t think ultrasounds are done as quickly here, unless you’re with an RE. Then they seem just as frequent as those in the US.
I was supposed to have 2, but have ended up having 4 at this point (23 weeks). The first was supposed to be our NT scan. But we missed the window, based on the baby’s gestation, by 2 days. So we had to come back. Then the uncooperative fetus wouldn’t stay still long enough to get proper photos of the heart on our first anatomy scan at 19 weeks, so I had to go back 2 weeks later.
I really don’t think extra ultrasounds are something to be concerned about. If you were very high risk, you’d be having them very frequently!
Post # 29
I’ve had several so far. I had one to confirm a healthy pregnancy at 8 weeks, the NT scan at 12 weeks, another one shortly after that because I was having bad abdominal pain due to a UTI and they wanted to verify that everything was okay, the anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks, a repeat anatomy scan around 21-22 weeks because she wasn’t in the right position the first time, then a growth scan at 28 weeks to check on a large fibroid I have. I’m currently 32 weeks and will continue to get growth scans at least monthly until delivery to keep an eye on the fibroid. So far, nothing has been wrong, but I’m glad my doctors are being cautious and checking on things.
Post # 30
pachamama: I had a dating U/S at 8 weeks, the next at 12, NT scan, 16 weeks and anatomy scan at 20 weeks. I’m low-risk with no history or medical problems. My OB does it for all her patients who want an U/S at every visit.