Annie, of course it's too late to chime in, but if I were you I'd totally wait for Tuesday. It doesn't matter when in this trimester the ultrasound is -- they'll never see anything they can do anything about to save the pregnancy. It's only hard on you mentally, but so is missing class again.
Ph.D. Mama to Anaiah born 10/06/07 and Mathias born 11/14/09 and Wife to my cocoa puff DH.
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|I'm seeing more and more OB's do a short u/s at every visit. My doc said that lets her check the cervix and fluid levels.|
And this time I do plan to have an early ultrasound, but that's because I have no clue when the due date is right now.
I'm going to delay the 20-week ultrasound to more like 32 weeks. I read that they do 'em at 20 weeks just so you still have time to abort if there's an abnormality. Otherwise, it pays to wait, because it's easier to see the organ development etc later.
There are definitely times when I would have loved to have seen my baby every month, but then I really feel like it's probably overkill. I won't do things like 3d/4d US, either, though, just because I don't completely trust the technology nor understand exactly what it will do to the baby. I'm not paranoid - just cautious.
I'm so eager for the mid-pregnancy US, though! I love getting a video and pics of the babe, and my boys have loved watching their own US videos.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
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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.
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.
Mom to DS(14), DS(12), DD(9), DS(6), DS (4), and DS(2)
I guess it comes down to - there are psychological benefits to ultrasound. Women want them. They're also handy for doctors, because a lot of those other ways of finding information require more skill.
I guess it comes down to - there are psychological benefits to ultrasound. Women want them.
People don't always want what's good for them. When I'm sad, I want to eat pans full of brownies. That doesn't mean they're good for me, or that my dr. should prescribe me pans of brownies to make me feel better.
Mom to DS(14), DS(12), DD(9), DS(6), DS (4), and DS(2)
|I think that just as doctors have lost hands-on skills because they rely so much on technology, women lose faith in their bodies because they look to technology to tell them what's happening.|
But on the brownies... I think you should get them.
While I wouldn't want to tell women what they should and shouldn't want, I don't know if I agree that u/s provides psychological benefits. False positives for abnormalities certainly don't. And a good u/s or heartbeat today doesn't mean you won't spontaneously miscarry tomorrow. I think that just as doctors have lost hands-on skills because they rely so much on technology, women lose faith in their bodies because they look to technology to tell them what's happening.
Had a 20 week ultrasound with #4 and was told that they were afraid there was some sort of problem with his brain, head, so I got to worry until another ultrasound could be performed and was then told everything was okay (which it was). No fun.
With #5, I will try to decide if I want the u/s at 20 weeks or if I can just wait till the baby is born, unless there develops some reason to have one.
I am uncomfortable with heating up my unborn baby's molecules via u/s radiation.
I honestly don't have a clue when my lmp was, but I may keep that info to myself to prevent a midwife from recommending an 8-10 week u/s.
Interestingly, here in FL, if you are on medicaid you will not receive a routine ultrasound at any point in your pregnancy because they are not considered medically necessary. This happened to a friend of mine, who paid for hers out of pocket.