Geez, does the worrying ever end? Anyway, I am pregnant with my second. I am 34. At my first OB/GYN last week (I'm 7 weeks), they did an intravaginal ultrasound. She asked if that would be okay and since I wasn't expecting an ultrasound that early I didn't really research the ultrasound thing before our visit. I had several ultrasounds with my son three years ago but back then, I really wasn't as informed about that kind of stuff as I am now. When I was that early with him, they just used the Doppler over my stomach to hear the heartbeat, never an ultrasound. I never had the intravaginal with him.
I am now starting to worry about the safety of these ultrasounds. Now, I plan to get this Sequential Screening which consists of screening for chromosome disorders and Down's Syndrome, and they tell me I have to go back twice for that. Once at 12 weeks and then again at 16 weeks, ultrasounds and blood tests. When I was pregnant with DS, they only had me go one time for this test, now it's twice. I feel like they keep adding more and more ultrasounds which makes me nervous. I'm wondering if we should even get this screening test done at this point. Although I do want to get it done, I'm thinking of forgoing it. We're not considered a high risk but I am older now and if there was a problem I would like to know about it.
Have any of you had the Sequential Screening done and what does it consist of (both times)? Should I be worrying about all of the ultrasounds, or am I just being a totally paranoid pregnant whack-job ?