(Closed) When did you get ultrasounds?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

First scan will be at 9.5 weeks, next at 12weeks and il be given a due date, one at 13 weeks for downs testing and the last one at 20 weeks where everything is checked and sex can be revealed. 

I would decline one before 7 weeks if it was offered to me, id worry when i didnt see anything even though thats normal. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m high risk as well. We had our first scan at 6+3 to check for a heartbeat, then scans at 7, 2 @ 8 weeks, 10, 3 @ 11 weeks (complications that they thought was a miscarriage), 13, 15, 17, 20, 21 and 23 weeks. At my 24 week OB appt, the ob said I’m finally at the point where she feels confident enough to not do a scan every time. We will have one more to check a low lying placenta, but otherwise, hopefully no more! We already have 36 ultrasound photos of our little guy! 

I know there is a small risk with so many repeated ultrasounds, but in our case, we needed to make sure I was OK and not in danger from the complications and until I could feel him moving, the doctors felt better looking at him with ultrasound than just a Doppler. It’s not the norm at all but our baby is happy and very healthy. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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almondsyrup :  Why that many? Are you high risk? Are these scans paid for and the doctor is looking for money?

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Standard is usually ~8 weeks for dating purposes, ~12 weeks for NT scan, ~20 weeks for anatomy scan (assuming a normal low risk pregnancy).

I don’t know what your doctor could possibly hope to see at 4 weeks? You can pee on a stick and get the same result…there’s not even a heartbeat at that point.

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favoredone :  I agree every 2 weeks is extremely excessive for the entire pregnancy unless you have some severe condition that needs monitoring. I was considered high risk and still didn’t have one every 2 weeks until my last trimester.

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I had my first one at 12 weeks…though I am told by others this is considered a little ‘late’ by general standards. I had my second one at 20 weeks. 

Post # 21
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Busy bee

Ive been high risk both pregnancies and frequent US that early in pregnancy weren’t something I’ve had either time. If you’re not high risk, the standard would be a 12 week NT scan and a 20 week anatomy scan in the US. I would ask the dr to explain why he/she feels the need for the additional sonograms before deciding to decline or proceed. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

5 week and 7 weeks transvaginal at REs office, ivf baby

12 weeks nt scan, 20 weeks anatomy scan at hospital.

at every ob appt they at least listened for hb with portable monitor, every 4 weeks, then 2 weeks, then 1 week

 

at 28 weeks i had another ultrasound at obs office

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

in the UK its 2 between 11-13 weeks and 20-24 weeks for normal pregnancy

 

as im infertile I got extra starting at 8 weeks… they wont scan before 6 minimum because your unlikely to see anything and its very unlikely before 8 as the gives leeway with dates (if you ovulated late)

I had vaginal scan for the 8 week, I wouldnt do it again as now im paranoid it could be damaging… theres an aweful lot of people like me on forums who saw a heart beat (which is suppose to lower the risk of miscarraige) and then everything went wrong, with me my baby slowed down and fell weeks behind and then stopped growning from the time of the vaginal scan

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was not considered high risk still 35w due to fluid. 

It will depend on the practice but the u/s I received were standard for my practice regardless of risk factors. She also listened to the hb with a doppler. We also had a doppler we used at home about once a week to hear the hb.

  • 7week transvaginal – saw the baby. 
  • 12 week ultrasound – heard the heartbeat
  • 15 week gender scan
  • 20 week test
  • 35 week growth scan
  • 39 week growth scan

This doesn’t include the 3D and 4D scans we got. 

Baby’s perfect. I loved seeing her every week and it helped my anxiety so much.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Temecula, California

My first ultrasound I went in and saw the technician at 5+4 and she did a transvaginal Ultrasound because I didn’t believe I was pregnant. It did have the sack but I couldn’t see the baby.

My first OB appointment was at 8 weeks and did the transvaginal Ultrasound. We saw the baby and heard the heartbeat. 

At 12 weeks I had my NT Ultrasound over the belly.

Next one is not scheduled until 20 weeks then the last one at 35 weeks. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had one at 12, one at 20 and an additional one at 32. The last one was to recheck a dialated kidney. It’s common practice at my hospital to only do 2. 

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Only one at 17 weeks. My insurance (Tricare) does not pay for ultrasounds unless they’re medically necessary… so my doctor had to stretch the truth.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have heard so many variations of what dr’s do, my OB has a machine at his office and my insurance pays for unlimited scans so we see the baby each appointment. I had the first at 6 weeks (you cant hear the heartbeat at this point but can see it), and that is still vaginal. At 12 weeks they did abdominal, and we were able to hear the heartbeat. Some insurances only pay for a two/three ultrasounds, and some dr’s don’t have the machines in the office and have you sent to them so that could change how frequent you get them as well. I know they do the dating one, and then the 20 weeks to make sure everything is developing (organs). 

I’m happy we get to see our little one so often, and it sounds like you will be getting to see yours often too! It’s reassuring to see them growing and moving inside you before you can actually feel them, and I think it connects dad too <3

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

With my twin pregnancy I was under the care of an RE until 8 weeks and I had an ultrasound every week between weeks 5-8. When I switched to my OB i had them monthly for a while then every 2 weeks then once a week at the end. I was considered high risk since it was twins so I had more than most people. 

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

My dr orders them early too. I think it’s just different schools of thought. We had one at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks so far, and I already know I’m having more at 15 and 20 weeks. Some due to genetic testing and some for risk factors. All mine so far have been both belly and transv.

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