Originally Posted by HRJ
I am interested to know why you don't want the heart checked. We didn't have a single ultrasound w/ my son, but i was thinking of seeing if we could just do a VERY quick one to check the heart. That was all I was interested in - seems placental location can correct as the pregnancy goes on. But is there a reason NOT to check the heart?
Well, i'm in the UK, and have my u/s with the NHS (i'm not even aware of private clinics which aren't just "for fun" places though i'm sure they exist if you have Bupa cover). You can't ask them to look at x real quick. You get different types of scan - dating scan (which you're supposed to get around 8 weeks and only offered if you have a reason to be unsure on dates), nuchal scan (12-14weeks, offered to everyone who opted for the triple test), anomaly scan (19-21 weeks, long, looks at every part of the baby - brain, heart, organs, limbs, etc.), growth/fluid scan (offered if you're overdue or they have reason to suspect baby isn't doing as well as s/he could). So if i want the heart examined i'd have to have the whole long anomaly scan - the scan which only identifies 25% of heart defects (as it says in the literature they give you at the hospital).
So basically, for me, it doesn't offer sufficient peace of mind for me to subject the baby to such a long scan for it. With DD1 i had one scan at 11+6 (was supposed to be 10days later but i was flying abroad, wanted to know there was a heartbeat, and was declining all testing anyway so inaccurate nuchal measurements didn't matter). with DD2 my gp requested a dating scan because i had a miscarriage right before i conceived, but due to the appointment procedures at the hospital i didn't get the scan until 15+1. too late to date, late enough to see anything glaring that might be wrong, late enough that i wasn't going to come back 4 weeks later and have a big long scan (especially as my baby seemed to hate both doppler and u/s wand and made listening/looking very hard by wriggling away the whole time) just to find out my baby MIGHT be perfectly healthy/ok.