Interesting article! I had an anatomy scan with my last pregnancy, and will with this one too. I wouldn't plan a homebirth without an anatomy scan first, on the off chance my baby has a heart defect that could be fixed with surgery upon birth if known. I couldn't live with it. I also think my decision is colored by knowing how other friends have handled issues with their babies. One friend found out her baby had a fatal health problem and that she would definitely pass shortly after birth. I just don't think I could bear a surprise like that.
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When we transferred care to the midwife practice ultrasound was our choice. I researched and decided not to have any more ultrasounds. my son was born at home, no complications, at 39 weeks and 6 days.
I did consider the anatomy scan for piece of mind because we were planning a homebirth. But we are 10 minutes from the hospital. I'm 29 years old, DH and I are healthy, no Family history of birth defects, and I focused on my intuition and felt in my heart baby was healthy.
This pregnancy if I had complications like bleeding or spotting I would consider an ultrasound to check placenta, but I doubt we will have an ultrasound. and we want the sex of baby to.be surprise. so.that's not a reason for ultrasound.
I have know moms who have lots of ultrasounds like 5 or 6 to "see the baby" 3d and 4d with pictures and video, that seems unnecessary to me and a risk to baby exposing fetus to ultrasound without medical reason.
i thought i wouldn't get but one around 20 weeks, but since this is my first pregnancy, i gave in (hubby's pressure) and got one at 8 weeks to make sure there was a heartbeat. i'll have my other other one at 20 weeks, and that's all i'm planning on unless there is a specific reason to need more (if 20 week shows serious probs, or something, God forbid). i think caution is the best method and less is better than more, for sure! i've read some great articles on why the risk of ultrasound is still largely unknown (translates to me as AVOID!). so my current plan with future pregnancies, assuming all ends well with this one is to just have one at 20 weeks...
but so far as i've read in this thread, no one has mentioned dopplers, which i understand are at least as dangerous. thoughts?
With my daughter, I had two ultrasounds: one at 20 weeks for gender and measuring, and one at 38 weeks for size less than date. I am now considered a high-risk pregnancy, and I have, so far, had four ultrasounds for issues with my placenta and split uterus.
I am a big proponent of ultrasounds, because without them I never would have known about all the issues I am having with my miracle baby. I had a completely worry-free pregnancy the first time, and if I had not had an ultrasound early in this pregnancy, I never would have known about all my complications that I needed to watch out for with my second one. My doctor has been the most wonderful person alive, and has given me as many scans as I needed. I would never have known, for example, that I have complete placenta previa which requires me to be extra careful when lifting my four-year-old, lest I hurt the baby God has given me.
I understand the risks involved in ultrasounds, but I have found research that states that it isn't harmful to babies in the womb, and is our best non-invasive source of diagnosis while the baby is in utero.
However, I would never tell anyone, though, that they had to have an ultrasound, just like I would never tell anyone they had to breastfeed. It's a choice, and if you feel no ultrasounds is what's best for your baby, then by all means stick with it. You know your body best, and it should be your choice how your baby is treated.
I'm completely in favor of finding things out noninvasively. Our ultrasound is hopefully going to be Jan 10th, I will be happy to learn where the placenta is exactly as well as see my beautiful squish :) You know what you need for the most part. I had a friend who had U/S every two weeks the entire pregnancy, baby is fine now. But she really needed to be kept an eye on due to medical issues with her uterus.