I was given an ultrasound when my pregnancy test was positive. The ultrasound showed a 16 wk baby, twisting and turning, with a 153 per minute heartbeat. Two legs, two arms, ribs, spine, skull...seemed like all the important bits were there.
I was told I should obtain a second ultrasound at 20 weeks, but I'm not sure I want one.
First of all, the cost is terrifying: $800. That's a lot of cash I could be spending on health insurance or preparing the nursery instead of learning the gender (amongst other info, of course) of the baby.
Second, I wouldn't terminate even if a problem were detected with the baby. And I think that having a certain defect confirmed at 20 weeks would cause me to spend the rest of my pregnancy in utter panic.
So how comfortable are Doctors with not having the 20 week ultrasound? Can I refuse or am I selfishly risking the baby's health by not wanting to do another ultrasound?
Answer by matobe at 10:13 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
You don't need a 2nd ultrasound at all. All you have said makes sense. Remember doctors are performing a service for you. You are the boss here. With my last child I chose not to have any ultrasounds. I too would not have consider termination for a defect. My midwife was fine with my choice. this link might help confort you http://www.drfeder.com/index.php?page=articles&action=viewArticle&articleID=308
Answer by Lynette at 10:06 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
Answer by Stefanie83 at 10:15 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
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Answer by matobe at 10:15 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
Answer by Caroline2010 at 10:22 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
all those what if are not a reason to get the ultrasound. All those things will be detected soon after the baby is born. Not too likly that they would do surgery in utero. Also you can still get that ultrasound if the doctor notices that something is going wrong w/ the pregnancy and they need to find out more. Like say your belly wasn't growing at the right rate. My midwife was fine w/ my choice to not have one unless something came up that we needed to find out more. If they really wanted info a better time to get one would be even later in the pregnancy.
Answer by Lynette at 10:24 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
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Answer by doulala at 11:46 PM on Nov. 2, 2010