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Sonogram

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 

So in about two weeks I get my first sonogram. I'm excited and sad my DH still will be away and won't be able to attend. When is everyone else getting one?

post #2 of 40

I'll be offered a scan at 12-14 weeks and one around 20. I'm not 100% convinced that the 12 week scan is medically necessary, but I will likely be doing it for peace of mind. 

post #3 of 40
Thread Starter 

I'm so nervous this time around. I just want to make sure the baby is ok my stomach is so crampy and I don't remember it being like that the first time around 

post #4 of 40

I'm pretty sure I'll get an early dating sonogram at my 8 week appointment, and then probably the big anatomy scan around 20 weeks.
 

post #5 of 40
If I get one it will be at around 30 weeks. The only reason being we're planning another homebirth and I want to make sure all is well. We're thinking about finding out the gender this time, too.
post #6 of 40

My first appt is at 8 weeks, then the'll give me a referral to schedule the scan. So probably around 10 weeks (with my work schedule I'll need an early AM or late PM appt so it usually takes a few weeks to get in). I might try to make it sooner though as I have no symptoms AT ALL (I'm at least 6 weeks so I would expect something by now).... and I would like to know for sure whats going on with my body. If for some reason my symptoms pick up I won't be as stressed to get in smile.gif

post #7 of 40

I think I am going to get the ultrascreen, which has a dating u/s around 7-8 weeks.  And I will need to have several u/s after that-- I am high risk for heart defects since my DS has a severe one so I will have a level II scan at 16-18 weeks for heart structure and then a fetal echocardiogram at 22 weeks.  Hopefully those will be fine and that will be it and we'll be set for another home birth.

post #8 of 40
Thread Starter 

Hey sleepy mamma hopefully everything goes smoothly for you! I mentioned home birth to my DH it freaked him out so hospital birth for us.

post #9 of 40

My husband was pretty freaked out when I suggested homebirth for #2 but he met the midwife, met a few of my friends and their partners (who had homebirths with the same midwife) and we had bradley classes with a woman who had had 2 homebirths and he hung out with the teacher's husband and then he felt better.  And it was such an amazing experience, so healing for us after DS's awful birth.  The awfulness was not because it was a hospital birth entirely, it was just traumatic for a lot of reasons.

 

I know a lot of moms have their first babies at home, but I am not sure that I would.  It's so hard to know how your body is going to handle birth the first time.  So much more is unknown.  Once you have a predictable history and can eliminate some variables (through prenatal testing, esp. u/s) there's a lot less to worry about.

post #10 of 40

I'd have loved a homebirth, we were hoping for one with my ds but he ended up being born by emergency c-section at 29 weeks. Our dd was born by VBAC at hospital which was a positive experience. I'd love another birth like hers although she was early so a bit closer to term would be great! 

post #11 of 40

We will definintely get the anatomy checked at 20 weeks.  Being a FTM, I know I'm going to want to see my little bean as soon as I can, but I don't want to harm the baby.  I know the jury is probably still out on the effects of u/s, but I'm also going to be one of those worry warts.....  I told my midwife to be prepared for lots of frantic texts from me.

post #12 of 40

I will definitely do a dating scan because both of my little ones were born at exactly 37 weeks.  Not saying that this one will but I'd love to get a more accurate sense of when to expect that and to see if the measurements are similar.  And because I am 37 almost 38  I am fairly certain that I will be asked to do some other tests.  I won't do an amnio but I will do others so we can prepare for anything that might be considered high risk.  I had a heart issue after DS was born so I want to be as worry free as possible going into labor.  My midwives are so good at helping me parcel through what tests will need to be done to address what worries I have. 

 

We will do the anatomy scan too but I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW :)  I know DH will try and sneak a peek though.  Good things those things can be hard to read :)
 

post #13 of 40

Starfish I've heard great things about the Harmony Prenatal test, tests fetal DNA via maternal blood. So it's just a blood test for mom. I understand it's really accurate at detecting trisomy 13, 18 and 21 (Down's). MaterniT21 is another similar test (I don't know anyone who has done it though). I am also AMA (Advanced Maternal Age), I'm 36, and would like info, but not an amnio or CVS. I'll be talking with my midwife about it at my first appointment in April.

 

And I'm planning on a anatomic scan ~18 weeks. Otherwise, just routine blood work only.

post #14 of 40

I've been offered the ultrascreen--which is the maternal blood test plus a targeted ultrasound, done around 10 weeks.  I'm not sure if this is the same as these two you've mentioned, but I'm AMA also (38) and I'm even considering just doing the CVS.  I really need to know.

post #15 of 40

Sleepymama Ultrascreen sounds great! It probably does combine the blood test I mentioned with an US. I feel like I need to know too but I'm not sure I am prepared for amnio or CVS. I actually have an OB/GYN (who I've seen for over 10 years and I LOVE but delivers at a birth hospital I don't want to go to - she switched hospital affiliations after my DD was born) and a CNM (who is new to me as a provider but delivers at my preferred birth hospital). I will see my OB next week on Tuesday. I'm planning to chat with her then about options.

post #16 of 40

i am have my at 7 weeks on the 25 of this month due to the fact that i have had an ectopic pregnancy before

post #17 of 40
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Originally Posted by SparkleMaman View Post

Starfish I've heard great things about the Harmony Prenatal test, tests fetal DNA via maternal blood. So it's just a blood test for mom. I understand it's really accurate at detecting trisomy 13, 18 and 21 (Down's). MaterniT21 is another similar test (I don't know anyone who has done it though). I am also AMA (Advanced Maternal Age), I'm 36, and would like info, but not an amnio or CVS. I'll be talking with my midwife about it at my first appointment in April.

And I'm planning on a anatomic scan ~18 weeks. Otherwise, just routine blood work only.


Oh, super helpful! Thank you!
post #18 of 40
I'll ask for an early dating scan just to make sure there's only one in there lol. And I'll do the 12 week nuchal fold n blood test combo. Then the 20 week one and hopefully that will be it!
post #19 of 40

Unless my baby doctor is concerned something is wrong, or that there is more than one, our province doesn't do a sonogram until 20 weeks. And that is the only one you get, unless there is something they want to keep an eye on (i.e. making sure babe is growing, etc.)

 

So… I have a long way to wait. We are thinking about finding out if it is a boy or girl…. we didn't with our last one, but just might this time!!!

post #20 of 40

i go for my 1st u/s on friday (i will be 7 weeks tomorrow).

i am high risk and have been working with a fertility clinic. after this i have to decide who will be my primary caregiver. so many choices!

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