Originally Posted by Inspired007
You know what? I didn't even question it. This is my first and I had no idea what to expect. I'm not mad about it though, I am more than happy to see my baby once a month! It's not until you asked that I even considered the possibility that it's too much. Oh well, my insurance has great coverage so what the heck? He says he's checking anatomy on all those u/s.
"The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that in low-risk pregnancies ultrasound generally be reserved for answering specific medical questions, rather than offered routinely to all women."
This is from a March of Dimes webpage, but I've seen this statement elsewhere before. I just haven't googled hard enough to find a statement right from the ACOG.
A bit more googling brought me to a Mothering article.
|When Is Ultrasound Unnecessary? According to ACOG, the country's leading group of obstetrical experts, ultrasound is not necessary for every woman or in every pregnancy, and is not recommended for routine use. Despite this recommendation, ultrasound is used routinely in as many as 70 percent of pregnancies in the US.1 Here are the common reasons that ultrasound is used routinely:
To estimate the baby's due date. Done prior to 18 weeks, it is most accurate (after this, it is accurate only within a week either way).
To look for physical abnormalities. Many major abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and heart or kidney problems, most likely won't show up on an ultrasound.
To confirm multiple fetuses. Ultrasound is reliable in confirming multiple fetuses only when other heartbeats have already been detected with a stethoscope.
For verification of a breech position. This occurs when the baby is lying in a feet- or buttocks-first position near the end of pregnancy, rather than head down. A qualified midwife or doctor can diagnose this simply by palpating the mother's belly.
To screen for intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). IUGR is a condition where the baby is not growing in the womb as it should.
Location of the placenta during pregnancy. A very low-lying placenta (a condition called placenta previa) puts the mother at risk of severe bleeding during labor, and usually necessitates a cesarean section. However, 19 out of 20 cases of placenta previa detected by ultrasound in the second trimester correct themselves as pregnancy progresses.
I found an interesting blurb about u/s earlier today, but google is hiding it from me now. The author referenced the ACOG stance against routine u/s in low-risk women, then gave a list of specific medical questions that they don't recommend u/s for. It included determining fetal age and position, multiples, fluid levels, heartrate/existence of a heartbeat, and sex. It said that all of those situations could be determined in other ways, save for sex, which is medically unnecessary to know. I would like to find it again, or find a statement by the ACOG itself, to confirm or refute this.