(Closed) Ultrasounds – How many throughout pregnancy?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I two detailed ultrasounds (12 weeks and 20 weeks) plus probably 8 more in my doctors office. I think that is more than standard and many people get far fewer.  But I. Aine you will have at least one more at 20 weeks. Nif your insurance doesn’t pay for more, let your doctor know ASAP!

Post # 4
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My insurance didn’t have a limit, but so far I’ve had 3.

It all depends on your practice for how many you have (as well as if you are a higher risk), plus how they bill for insurance. Of my 3, the one was done in the doctors office, and it was just billed like an office visit, the other 2 were done at the hospital at a testing center.

The practice I go to only requires a 20 week ultrasound (at the testing center). I had an early dating scan only due to irregular cycles (at their request) and opted for the 12 week scan due to this as well. If it wasn’t for my cycle, I would have just had the 20 week.

I’m still pregnant, but they told me that they will only do others if it is medically necessary.

Post # 5
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m at 24 weeks and have had three thus far. I had one at my first official appointment because they wanted to see how far along I was (my cycles are irregular so it was hard to date it). My second one was the anatomy scan at 20 weeks. Then I had to have an echocardiogram ultrasound because my Doctor wanted a spot that they saw on the heart during the anatomy scan to be checked out (luckily everything was normal). My insurance has paid into all three (but I did have to pay a certain percentage of the cost on all of them as well). I don’t think I’ll end up having anymore ultrasounds but I wouldn’t be against it if it ends up happening. I love seeing my baby! 🙂

Post # 6
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’ve had 5 doctor-approved ultrasounds so far. The first two were early dating ultrasounds at my OB’s office due to irregular cycles. These wouldnt normally be done if you knew the date of your last cycle. The 3rd was the NT screening at a Perinatologists office. The 4th was the Anatomy scan at the Perinatologist’s office.

That was supposed to be the end of the ultrasounds unless medically necessary.
Due to some complications I was sent for a growth ultrasound at the Perinatologists last week (#5) and will have to go back there at 36 weeks (#6)

My insurance would typically only cover the NT screening and the anatomy scan. ( 2 Ultrasounds – Like your insurance) However because the other 3 were “Medically Necessary” they were covered as well.

Post # 7
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My insurance doesn’t have a limit, but I will only have two unless they did see some sort of problem they needed to look at again or more closely. I just had one Monday to verify how far along I am and see that everything is developing properly so far, and I will have another between 18 and 20 weeks where they’ll check on the progress again and be able to tell me the gender. I know there’s a lot of back and forth on the issue of whether or not too many ultrasounds is bad for the baby, but I’d rather be on the safe side.

Post # 8
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

I had one at 8 weeks (for dating purposes), one at 12 weeks (for our NT scan), one at 20 (Anatomy scan), and one at 24 (a follow up one for something they found at the anatomy scan). 

I haven’t had any more and don’t expect to. I asked my doctor about it at our last visit, and he said that insurance will only cover them if there is a pressing issue, which there is not right now. So unless something comes up, I don’t expect any more. I’m almost 34 weeks.

Post # 9
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had 4, 2 were non-routine.

6 weeks – In the ER because I was bleeding bright red.

12 weeks – Routine u/s.

20 weeks – Routine u/s, anatomy scan.

34 weeks – My stomach was measuring small, so they wanted to make sure baby was growing okay. (They said baby was in the 23rd percentile and as long as it’s over the 10th percentile they don’t worry. He was born at 40w6d, 7 lbs 15 oz; 60-something percentile.)


Edit to add: If I wouldn’t have had the baby when I did, I had an u/s & NST scheduled for 41w1d to see if they would let me go up to 42 weeks or if I would have to be induced.

Post # 10
1330 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i’m not sure how many my insurance pays for….when i first found out i was pregnant, i had to get a dating u/s…turned out i wasn’t even 5-6 wks yet…then i had another at 10 wks to confirm i was 10 wks (lol)….i missed my 12 wk scan because i switched doctors at 13/14 wks….and then i had one at 20 wks….i’m 25 wks now and my midwife said the only reason i’d get another u/s is if complications came up….we are also getting a 3d u/s (not covered by insurance) but as a gift…

Post # 11
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My OB only does two.  One at initial appointment- I will be 8 weeks (the nurse thinks 9, but I know I will be 8 by my conception date) and then the gender one at 20 weeks.  That’s it!

Post # 12
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@peanuthead:  I would let them know at your office and maybe they will wait until the 20 week scan.

Post # 13
9822 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I had 4. One to establish pregnancy at 6 weeks. 20 week anatomy scan. Then I had one to check and make sure the baby wasn’t breech because my midwife thought she might be (I think this was done at 36 weeks, close to 37-she wasn’t breech) and then I had one at 41 weeks because I was overdue at that point and they just wanted to make sure my fluid levels were ok for the baby. So I ended up with 2 that were non routine.

Post # 14
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i had 3.

-1st ;; dating purposes. (9 weeks)

-2nd ;; gender. (20 weeks)

-3rd ;;because i asked if i was going to get anymore & doctor said no because i wasnt high risk or anything and everything was going fine. this one was short and more or less for me because i wanted to see the little guy. hes heads down too ! (31 weeks)

Post # 15
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

By the end of my pregnancy, if i make it to 40 weeks, I will have had about 9 ultrasounds total:

– One at 12 weeks (NT scan)

– Two at 19 weeks (anatomy scan had to be split over two sessions because my baby was not in the best position to measure all the bones properly at the first appointment)

– One at 33 and 35 weeks to make sure baby is growing well – this is because I have high blood pressure. 

– I have another one scheduled at 37 weeks (next week), and the doc said I would need to go weekly after that, so I guess I will have them at 38, 39, and 40 weeks as well.

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