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post #21 of 24
Jumping back in to this DDC....haven't been too active here lately

I just decided not to get an ultrasound as well....for many of the reasons already posted....

One thing I was confronting was WHY I wanted one in the first place.....was it to check for abnormalities? Was it to possibly sneak a peak at the sex?(even thought I don't really want to know) Or was it simply because that's just what everyone does?

Well.....after asking myself these questions over and over, I decided that I didn't feel strongly enough about any of them to actually get it done....and my midwife strongly supported me which makes me feel great about the decision (she is like a birthing encyclopedia )
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Melly24 View Post
I'm waiting to have the anatomy scan at 34 weeks and will not be finding out the sex. There are a few people here who aren't scanning at all, unless medically necessary
Melly and others have mentioned deferring the anatomy scan to later in the pregnancy. I'm somewhat curious to know your reasons for doing so. I'm NOT asking for justification, I totally respect your decision... I'm just wondering if there is a particular reason why you are choosing to delay.

Thanks
post #23 of 24
Honeybee, that is very interesting. Its definitely possible that ACOG changed its stance in the last 7 years, but who knows. Some of their stances are surprisingly natural. I know there are a few defects that really SHOULD be caught prenatally for the best outcome (like spina biffida or some heart defects I'm guessing). I wonder what percentage of pregnancies have those issues compared to those that have miscarriages after an amnio, etc or some other problem brought on by too many interventions. I'd love to see some numbers but it sounds like those are pretty hard to come by.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by sheashea View Post
Melly and others have mentioned deferring the anatomy scan to later in the pregnancy. I'm somewhat curious to know your reasons for doing so. I'm NOT asking for justification, I totally respect your decision... I'm just wondering if there is a particular reason why you are choosing to delay.

Thanks
Happy to answer.
I do feel that the anatomy scan has some benefits to me. I'm having a homebirth after a caesarean, and would like to check the placenta placement. There is a chance the placenta is over the scar and this increases my risk of haemorrhage and placenta accreta. A placenta at 34 weeks is where it will be at term. When I was pg with DD I had a low lying placenta at 18 weeks that moved up and away by 30 weeks, but I stressed about it until I knew it had moved. This time I would like to avoid any undue stress as much as poss.
I want to have as little ultrasounds as possible which is why I'm not having a 20 wk ultrasound - if the placenta is low-ish at 20 wks(which I dont think it is) I'll have to have another one to see if it has moved.

Of course this is all very individual to me, and someone who is in a similar position may still choose to forgo ultrasounds completely. Which is of course fine for them.
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