I'm hoping you all can help me with your access to resources/personal experiences. :-)
I have a heart shaped (bicornuate) uterus. As a result of being different, I have had a few extra procedures to ensure everything is progressing as normal. By this point, I have had five ultrasounds - 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 18 weeks, and 22 weeks. As of the last ultrasound, everything was reported as looking great - baby is growing on schedule and they could easily see everything they needed to.
However, despite this ultrasound showing everything was looking perfect, they are asking me to do another one at 28 weeks. To be honest, I want to be done with ultrasounds - they aren't perfect, I've already had an "extra" because they "thought" they saw something on the 18 week ultrasound that turned out to be a non-issue at 22 weeks, and, quite frankly, I feel great! However, they want to make sure there is enough room for baby in my uterus because I am at higher risk for premature delivery. So here's what I'm hoping you can help me with:
* Is there a "typical" number of ultrasounds for someone with a uterine abnormality?
* How accurate are ultrasounds at assessing the amount of room the baby has to grow and develop?
* If the ultrasound indicates that there "isn't" enough room, what exactly can they do about it? Anything? In other words, what is the benefit of knowing for me, my baby, and my doctor?
* How do you strike a balance between seeking the natural birth you want, while respecting your doctor's/CNM's desire as much medical knowledge as possible?
FYI - the external measurements of my uterus today have all been within the normal range - as of 24 weeks it is two fingerwidths above my belly button.
Looking forward to hearing from all of you. Best of luck with your pregnancies!