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from the very mainstream news of cnn.com<br><br><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/08/07/ultrasound.brains.ap/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/08/07....ap/index.html</a><br><br>
interested to see if this actually changes the routine u/s so many women seem to get. (in fact it seems like 3 now not just one)
 

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Sadly, I don't think it will change anything for most.<br>
I think 'for medical reasons' means if there are issues like Mom isn't measuring 'correctly' with dates, is 'late' or they are looking for birth defects.<br><br>
We don't do U/S and will refuse all doppler as well until labor.<br><br>
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Well, that's been the suggestion for a few years now, but still somehow people think that "taking a look-see" is a medical reason. "The 20-week u/s" is not a medical reason either. Nor is finding out the sex. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
We used to use x-rays on pregnant women all the time too....<br><br>
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I know lots of ladies see nothing wrong with getting u/s as many times as they can because 'its not been proven to hurt the fetus' or 'it gives them peace of mind'.<br><br>
When my mother had her last 11 years ago the dr said she was scheduling her for her u/s. So my mother asked why she needed one, the ob said, well you don't really NEED one. Everyone gets them. So my mom told her she wasn't getting one and the ob told my mother was the only one of her patients to ever refuse an u/s! So I don't think it helps if drs are pushing for u/s for no reason.
 

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<span style="color:#800080;">I agree that U/S are utilized way too much... although I have to say, I have had my share of them this pregnancy. If they are for a "valid" medical reason, i.e. looking for heartbeat after threatened miscarriage, or decreased fetal movement or something along those lines, I think they're a great tool. As a matter of fact, I have to go friday for ANOTHER ONE because the dr. wants to do an FEC. Says since my last baby, who had Down Syndrome, had VSD, that I have to have one this time too. I argued that we didn't need one this time because the Down Syndrome is what caused the VSD in our daughter. Didn't matter, he said if my insurance company found out we DIDN'T do one, they could possibly deny us coverage if our baby DID end up having a heart defect of some sort that formed later on.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Sounds like a crock to me!!! My husband says they just want something else to bill us for... I AGREE!!!</span>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">"The 20-week u/s" is not a medical reason either. Nor is finding out the sex. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
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This is my personal pet peeve. I hate it when I hear people say they are going in for their 20 week u/s to find out the gender, as if that is the only/main reason to do an u/s!
 

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Checking the cervix, when there has been a history of cervical failure, is, IMO, a valid medical reason. That's the reason we agreed to an u/s 2 weeks ago. And, unless something comes up, it will be the one and only u/s of this pregnancy.<br><br>
I'd offer too, that 'peace of mind' should be at least considered as a valid reason, especially in the case of parents who've experienced a pregnancy loss.<br><br>
I totally agree that if they are done only for a 'look see' and/or gender identification...with no concern over a specific medical problem...that is inappropriate.<br><br>
But, I also thing we're definately swimming upstream. On mainstream boards, it seems that everyone refers to the 20 week u/s as 'the big u/s' and act as if it's their absolute birthright to have as many as they wish.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is my personal pet peeve. I hate it when I hear people say they are going in for their 20 week u/s to find out the gender, as if that is the only/main reason to do an u/s!</div>
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same here, it bothers me cause it seems to show a marked lack of foresight. then again many moms worry terribly (most of us, I think <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) and seeing the baby ...(well sortof, I hate U/S, cant tell anything from anything :/) helps them to worry less.<br><br>
I worry either way so no point in U/S for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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