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Posted by on Dec. 4, 2010 at 12:36 PM
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I know of a few people who don't have ultrasounds, and almost everyone thinks they are crazy!

Do you get ultrasounds in pregnancy? How many? Why/why not?
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by on Dec. 4, 2010 at 1:01 PM

No ultrasounds for me with my babies.

Why?  Because I don't feel that they are harmless, and like any testing/intervention/invasive procedure,  I weigh the risks & benefits.   
Since there hasn't been any indication that my pregnancies were outside the normal-healthy average, I didn't need any.

And some maternity care practitioners just practice this way (been working well for thousands of generations so far, lol).    They don't do routine interventions, only for an indication.

Certainly not "crazy" to avoid unnecessary interventions, imo!   
Perhaps we are more "crazy" for not considering risks and investigating.


by on Dec. 4, 2010 at 3:18 PM

I do get them, I usually get an early one for a better due date estimate, and the 20 week anatomy one.  

by on Dec. 4, 2010 at 3:37 PM

 i do get ultrasounds, mainly due to my history of miscarriage (i've had 10 m/c). i get an early ultrasound for dating/guess of viability and the 20 week ultrasound, and more if i am cramping bad or spotting. my last pregnancy i had bad cramps, had a u/s which showed a subchorionic bleed, i had another one a week later and it showed the baby had passed away. this pregnancy i've had two so far, one for dating and the second to check for a heartbeat. so far so good! if i didn't have a history of miscarriage i would only have the 20 week u/s done.

i think it's fine for women to not get u/s, i don't think they're crazy :-)

by on Dec. 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Odds are I will just be getting the 20 week done. Not doing the early one I dont think. Kinda scares me that I might be walking around with a dead baby in me. idk

by on Dec. 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

I only got the one at 20 weeks with my first 2. Medical will only cover the one unless there is a problem. Personally I don't see the point to gettign them constantly. With #3 it was done at the end because I  had GD and he was measuring 2 weeks ahead which turned out fine. With my current pregnancy I did have 2 prior to the 20 week.  The first was to verify how far in I was because I was on BC when I got pregnant so they wanted  to make sure I wasn't further along than estimated. The second was because they couldn't hear her heartbeat through the doppler.

I think it's an individual choice and certainly not crazy if you opt out.  There are other tests such as glucose and other blood tests I opt out of. I will admit, I do get a little frustrated with those who get them routinely just to get them because there are risks with them and it should not be abused.

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by on Dec. 4, 2010 at 7:49 PM
I may not get any next time. I don't want to know the genders of our future children, and my son was very very healthy. There are no serious conditions that run in my family or my husband's, so I don't think it's something we need to do. We'll see when the time comes.
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by on Dec. 4, 2010 at 11:27 PM

First pregnancy I had two u/s done: first one for the adj. due date, and the 20 wk one to find out the gender. This last pregnancy we decided to not have one done at all. Will not have them done with any future pregnancy either, imo it is better to be as non-invasive as possible.

by on Dec. 5, 2010 at 11:36 AM

i get them, i do not think they are harmful, but i know people who have chosen not to get them... the way i see it its a mama's own person choice and up to her to do her research and come to an opinion
with my son i had one or two more than the "norm" because i was carrying too much fluid around him and they were just checking to make sure that i didnt go into any high risk level with it
with my daughter i had one at the 20 week mark
with this baby so far ive had 4! and im only 5 months... one to find out how far along i was, then i got into a car wreck so they wanted to check baby, then i started having contractions so they wanted to check everything else out again, then they sent me to a specialist and they did the last one- checked the placenta and my cervix amniotic fluid and all that trying to figure out why i was having these contractions- and they let me know i was having a GIRL :-)
everything is fine with her so there wont be anymore anymore ultrasounds

by on Dec. 5, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I have had several u/s during my pregnancies. Most where just to check my cervix. I've had two LEEP's and they wanted to make sure that there weren't any drastic changes in it due to that. I also have malabsorption issues due to a surgery I had done so we have to keep an eye on baby to make sure baby is growing.

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