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UC and an ultrasound

post #1 of 39
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I am a bit of a worrier by nature.

With my first 2 pregnancies, they were HEAVILY managed. I had 20+ ultrasounds with ds1 and 10 or so with dd1.

Then with ds2 I had 2.

Dd2 I had one at about 20 weeks just to ease my fears and we also found out sex.

Now with #5......I really want to get an ultrasound again.

I have been researching all of the facts. I have been reading stories about not getting one.

But I am afraid. :

So afraid that I am worried that NOT getting one will cause problems with my confidence to UP and UC.

What would you do?

I feel so conflicted.
post #2 of 39
Well DH requires me to get one in order for us to UC. It is what HE needs to feel comfortable, and I want him to be comfortable, so I do it. Mine is actually in a little over a week. I'm really excited. After losing my last baby, and having hardly any movement with this one so far, it will be nice to see him/her moving around on the u/s. We're not finding out the sex though, which is also exciting.

I say if YOU need it for your peace of mind, 1 ultrasound further along in the pregnancy isn't going to hurt. (I don't allow ANY dopplers before 12 weeks and no u/s before 20 - I have a hospital midwife as my prenatal care b/c of an induction for pre-eclampsia last time).
post #3 of 39
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Originally Posted by Moonprysm View Post
Well DH requires me to get one in order for us to UC. It is what HE needs to feel comfortable, and I want him to be comfortable, so I do it. Mine is actually in a little over a week. I'm really excited. After losing my last baby, and having hardly any movement with this one so far, it will be nice to see him/her moving around on the u/s. We're not finding out the sex though, which is also exciting.

I say if YOU need it for your peace of mind, 1 ultrasound further along in the pregnancy isn't going to hurt. (I don't allow ANY dopplers before 12 weeks and no u/s before 20 - I have a hospital midwife as my prenatal care b/c of an induction for pre-eclampsia last time).
Thank you for your support. I have been trying not to stress about it but "seeing" the baby really puts me at ease.
post #4 of 39
Where or how would a UP Uc'er get an ultra sound? I might like to have one near the end to be reassured of baby's position but wasn't even sure how to go about that with no PCP.

Also to the OP if it will make you feel more confident and at peace then go for it. Isn't that what uc'ing is about? Being confident and at peace with our bodies and babies?
post #5 of 39
I always opt for a ~20 week ultrasound to check the position of the placenta, make sure baby has all his/her body parts and because it makes me feel more at ease. I'll be having mine within the next few weeks and yes, we're finding out the gender.
post #6 of 39
I had a 5 minute ultrasound at one of those 3d/4d places, since we're both UPing and UCing. In that time, without the tech telling me, I could tell placental placement, that the basic appendages were present, as well as the sex (she was specifically looking for it, but I could still tell before she said a word). So, it wasn't the world's most technical anatomy scan, but it did give a fair amount of information.

We actually did do it mainly to find out the sex : but I have to say that the visual evidence, combined with what I felt as far as movement, that I had managed to 'influence' a posterior placenta this time (both of my others were anterior) was a nice little confidence booster.
post #7 of 39
I have had an ultrasound with each of my three pregnancies, including my two UCs. It gave me confidence, too, and though I have read about the possible risks of ultrasounds, I feel that the risks are very slim for anything serious happening to my babies. That said, I definitely would be against how some doctors use ultrasounds like crazy. The OB I got my U/S from this latest pregnancy routinely did ultrasounds EVERY prenatal visit. No, thanks! I only saw her a couple of times.

I think that if you really want to have an U/S and it gives you confidence, do it. You're informed enough about the risks to make an informed choice.

BTW, all three of my children are perfectly healthy and normal developmentally--I don't think the ultrasounds did them any permanent harm. Just my two cents.
post #8 of 39
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Originally Posted by DreamsInDigital View Post
I always opt for a ~20 week ultrasound to check the position of the placenta, make sure baby has all his/her body parts and because it makes me feel more at ease.
How accurate is the position of the placenta at 20 weeks? I thought it could still move quite a bit...
post #9 of 39
I haven't UCed but I would personally still want at least one ultrasound. I like to know what my babies are and I know that it would keep DH from freaking so much to know that the baby "looked" good.
post #10 of 39
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I had a 5 minute ultrasound at one of those 3d/4d places, since we're both UPing and UCing.
Hmm. I've looked at the website for the place around here, and they require basically a permission slip from your OB, to make sure you're not using them for health care.
post #11 of 39
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Originally Posted by My*Scorpio View Post
How accurate is the position of the placenta at 20 weeks? I thought it could still move quite a bit...
Yes but if it's nowhere near the cervix at 20 weeks I can totally not worry about it. If it were to be on or near the cervix at 20 weeks I would probably opt for a later ultrasound, but it's not been a problem I've ever encountered.
post #12 of 39
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Originally Posted by milkybean View Post
Hmm. I've looked at the website for the place around here, and they require basically a permission slip from your OB, to make sure you're not using them for health care.
Yeah, some of the ones here seem to, but I knew another UCer had used the same place w/o problem. The form did say something about signing affirming that you weren't using the u/s in place of 'regular prenatal care,' and they did want a doctor's name and phone number - I used my GP, b/c they don't actually call or anything, they just want it on there. If I hadn't used her, I would have written down my chiro.
post #13 of 39
I had an ultrasound with ds2. I just asked my gp to request one for me because I was 'between obs'.

I think I'll probably have one this time, too. I'm having a really hard time making up my mind, though.
post #14 of 39
I knew that I didn't NEED the U/s, and also that the the likelyhood of a good outcome isn't increased by an ultrasound, but no matter how I tried to look at it, I felt more comfortable UCing knowing that I had a healthy fully formed baby of healthy weight and with no gross abnormalities. I had 2 U/S with the UP/UC, and it was worth the stress it relieved. I probably wouldn't do it next time, but I wouldn't rule it out.
post #15 of 39
With DD1 I had one ultrasound, last time I didn't do one. This time around DH has agreed to a UP/UC if I get an ultrasound at 20 weeks. Part of me still would rather not, partly because I don't know how I can resist learning the gender if I'm already looking, but then part of me is ok with it.
post #16 of 39
I would have liked to this time but there is no independt places here. So it would be a lot of hoops to jump through to just get a peek at this LO! So I'm learning something new with this PG, that I really should just listen and hear what the babe and my body are saying to me. That I can see this one if I just sit still for a little bit! I think that maybe the U/S gave me a false sence of okness with the other two. It's still hard when everyone else is getting to see their babe and finding out gender.
post #17 of 39
I struggled with this last time and didn't really decide not to get ultrasound but I did not end up getting one. I kind of just didn't want to bother with having the midwife set it up ect. I wouldn't have found out the sex anyway and in hindsight I had a small placenta (my midwife said it was the only small placenta she'd seen that was actually really healthy) and I wonder if that would have caused concerns if I'd gotten an unltrasound (and thus causing me a lot of stress/worry ect).

If I ever get pregnant again I will most likely opt for a 20 week unltrasound.

Anyway, I see nothing wrong with getting an ultrasound later in pregnancy if it will give you some peace of mind.
post #18 of 39
Peony, with my first we didn't find out the sex and I just told the person doing the ultrasound we didn't want to know and she was careful not to give a clear view. I think they usually ask you if you want to know.
post #19 of 39
I did not want one with my UC baby (a year today! ) but Dh did and since he was the one on the fence with our plans I went ahead. I did have to sign a permission slip but I think it was because this was a "for fun" type place. They advertise making it a family thing...an extra for when all the relatives are in town type thing. I needed a midwife to sign so I did it myself. I used my middle name and maiden name and one of our office lines as the contact number. The guy didn't even question it. I went around 25ish weeks, one reason being Dh wanted to know gender.

On the off chance we have anymore, we'll likely do that again.

My personal definition (for lack of a better word) is being knowledable and utilizing whatever means neccessary to feel confident and prepared. If that means getting ultrasounds every other week than so be it. If it means birthing on the moon than so be it. Just because you UC doesn't mean you have to eschew all medical options. If an u/s is what it's going to take to make you at ease go ahead! I personally feel the risks of not being prepared and confident in yourself outweigh the risks of a quickie ultrasound. An ultrasound MIGHT affect the baby (odd little stat...moms who receive more ultrasounds during pregnancy show a higher incidence of left handed babies) but not being confident in yourself (at the least....not being prepared at the worst) can lead to a bigger problem yk?
post #20 of 39
I actually feel that having an ultrasound would undermine my confidence in my body's abilities, not reassure it. In the past, ultrasounds have only confirmed exactly what I already knew through instinct -- yet I wouldn't trust my instinct until I saw that "proof." This time, I am just listening to what my body tells me instead of looking to external answers, and I feel SO much more confident and less worried.

I feel lucky that my husband doesn't dictate terms for our UCs. He feels if he trusts me enough to make the decision to UC, he trusts me enough to make the decisions about what, if any, external care to seek.
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