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<p>So I've been reading online about how early ultrasound might be harmful to the fetus.  I never would have thought twice about it (and didn't) until I read a couple posts on DrMomma.org.  So DH and I were chatting about him coming to OB appts yesterday and he said that he'd "do what ever you want.  But I do like those picture ones" (SO cute). </p>
<p>He totally understand and do what ever I want.  And I'm not sure, relatively, how much more risky it is than, say, the flight I'm taking at 24 weeks.</p>
<p>What would you do? </p>
 

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<p>If you have to go through one of those body scanners, my "guess" is that it's a toss up between the two.  There are probably stats saying they are worse and stats saying that they are safe.  I just don't like them on a lot of levels.</p>
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<p>We had two u/s with both the first and the second, none with the third and DH's is asking for one.  I'm only going to do one this time, though, around 18 weeks. </p>
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<p>I am torn about them, but I can't just ignore DH's request.  Last time, I was able to weasel out of it because of the logistics of an u/s in GA when you are planning a homebirth.  We were going to have to travel a long way, pay a lot of money and then he ended up having a medical appt the same day, so we canceled and I avoided it the rest of the pg.  It drove him nuts, though.</p>
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<p>Is it just first trimester u/s that you're worried about.  It's no big deal to skip an early u/s.  There's hardly anything to see anyway and if you're fairly certain of your dates, there's really no reason.  I'd probably do the mid-pregnancy u/s to appease your husband.  But I have no problem with 1 or 2 u/s during pregnancy, I don't think they are very harmful unless done on a very regular basis.</p>
 

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<p>I believe that ultrasound probably has a real, but very slight, risk.  For me, it's worth it for the emotional relief it brings...but we won't be doing the crazy 3-D glamor shots of our fetus this time around.  <span><img alt="shake.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/shake.gif"> </span></p>
 

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<p>Yea, it's mostly the first trimester, for the fun of it one.  I'm sure of my dates and I work with my OB so she wont push me to do it.  It'd mostly be for the fun of seeing the bean.  I think I'll try to just put it off until the second trimester one.  I'm more OK with that one since it's external. </p>
<p>ps. I wont be going through the body scanner.  I'm prepared for the full grope down :)() but I'd rather be uncomfortable (YUCK) than do the scan- even though Iknow the flight will probably be worse for the baby than anything.  Ugh, I kind of wish I wasn't going but I kind of have to.  It'll be fun but it's just easyto worry with all the info you can get these days!</p>
 

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<p>I wouldn't have an early ultrasound without a clear reason. I also wouldn't completely skip an ultrasound, although for most of my last pregnancy I wasn't planning on having one at all... We ended up discovering a serious birth defect when I finally went for an ultrasound last pregnancy at 28 weeks, so I feel that if you are planning a homebirth, at least, it is safer to have one ultrasound to make sure things are where they belong than it is to not have any, and have a baby at home who needed to be born in the hospital. For the record, I had probably 30 ultrasounds in the last 10 weeks of that pregnancy, and DD shows absolutely no damage from them. But, this time we are planning just one ultrasound late in the second trimester to make sure a homebirth is a safe option. I think that the earlier the ultrasound, the more potential for damage there is.</p>
 

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<p>I am also debating about having the early ultrasound for dating. I'm fairly certain I know the week baby was concieved and I have had regular periods since going off birth control.  I do feel like I need reassurance that I am actually pregnant. No morning sickness to speak of (lucky me!),  but I know my hormones are hard at work, since I'm breaking out, mentally off, tender breasts, and tired.  I'm hoping I can have a the OB confirm from blood test or growing uterus.  I'd really prefer not to have the vaginal ultrasound.  I am planning to have an ultrasound in our second trimester to make sure all is good to have our planned home birth.</p>
 

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<p>I went into this pg thinking that I would not want any ultrasounds.  I think I have changed my mind.  If I can get my doctor to do an abdominal ultrasound, just to check for heart beat, I am going to go with it.  This stress from worrying is driving me nuts. </p>
 

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<p>... though this is my second pro- u/s post of the day, i am really truly not for any and all testing. </p>
<p>that being said, for us, and for lots of mamas i know, that early ultrasound can detect problems that you would want to know about.</p>
<p>i had an ectopic so with my second pregnancy, we did a very early u/s to make sure the babe was in the uterus (and she was! :) )</p>
<p>i have two friends for whom the early u/s did not bring good news... so you may want to consider if were to happen, would you want to know as early as possible?</p>
<p>i also have a friend who had a molar pregnancy and finding that on an ultrasound could have changed the course of what her medical choices were. </p>
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<p>that being said, i'll be doing an early (not super early) u/s to see the heartbeat and if all is developing normally.  just the relief will probably outweigh any risk which i consider to be slight.. </p>
<p>but then again, mamas have been birthing babies for quite some time without ultrasounds. </p>
<p>oh-- and-- just so you know.. an early u/s is not necessarily trans-vag.  with my ob they never were, think it depends on the available equipment.  you might ask if that's a concern (having had the trans-vag with the ectopic, it's NO fun.)</p>
 
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