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Intervention of the day-ultrasounds

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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Let's talk about this intervention since that is what because it is not an normal thing to do but is done often.  Post your feelings about it and any information about it here.  

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by on Feb. 5, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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by on Feb. 5, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Well i think they are a good diagnostic tool! But should be used only as that. There is an issue of maybe it isn't safe for unborn babies... I'm not sure of that.

I've had ultrasounds done in all 3 of my pregnancies...

my 1st was done at 20 weeks and that's the only one i had done.

My 2nd I had 2 done what at 15 weeks for dating and one at 19 weeks for a 20 week scan.

My 3rd had the most. The first was the 20 week scan.. then i had a vaginal Ultrasound done to check my cervix length as my 2 previous births were at 36 weeks and they wanted to see if they could maybe estimate if i would go early or not. (normal is 3 inches... mine was 2.4 inches) and the 3rd was to check for growth restriction in my son. I was measuring 4 weeks behind consistantly but it worried my midwife so we checked. My son was fine.

If we every have anymore children... I'll have the one scan done to check for abnormalities and that's it.

I've heard of mothers who don't have ultrasounds done at all.... citing that it isn't safe. it's up to each parent i think... but I'd rather have the one done  so that if my baby has a bad heart or cleft palet or something like that we would KNOW and it could be fixed.

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by on Feb. 5, 2011 at 8:38 PM

I think if I could get in my head that yes my baby is growing fine I wouldn't bother with u/s. I had a surgery done several years back that causes malabsorption issues. So babies growth has to be monitored. During both of my pregnancies I lost weight during the first two trimesters so I can't go by that. I'm a larger girl and have never even looked pregnant so measuring me or where baby should be doesn't work. My only other option is to measure baby via u/s. I think aside from if mom has medical conditions that can affect baby I don't think they are necessary.

by on Feb. 6, 2011 at 1:07 AM

I can see why someone might want to check on baby for health reasons.    But if there is no medical indication then avoiding unnecessary exposure is important.

Many practices don't do any routine ultrasound.   Mine didn't and I am glad for it.
If baby was born needing help we'd have to work on it after delivery.

by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2011 at 1:17 AM
I think its interesting that the "mainstream" groups call the 20 week scan the "gender ultrasound". While they can often determine the baby's sex, they are NOT doing a gender check; they are scanning for defects in the baby or mom! Of my 4 babies, only my 2nd one had that single ultrasound without further worries; with my first, there was a IUGR fear (all fine.) with my third, there was some scare with the poor kidney images (all fine). And my fourth, despite a level 2 ultrasound right off the bat, they got poor images of the heart and I had to go to a specialist for aother ultrasound (all fine.) so while in my mind I think the ultrasound will give me some peace, it has done the opposite. Being that I'm turning 40, I think id still get that level 2 ultrasound, the only reason being that if any problem is suspected, it would affect the choice of which hospital i'd deliver at.
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by on Feb. 6, 2011 at 1:33 AM

I agree with the above.

I have had ultrasound done on each one of the babies I have carried. I have limited the exposure to just a few minutes and only 2 per pregnancy.

Knowing what I know now, I'd deifinilty limit the amount of ultrasound exposure to any future baby I carry. Dopplers for heartbeat are also a form of ultrasound.

Continuous Ultrasound waves like those used for fetal monitoring cause the underlaying tissues to heat up.  Tissues including the baby.


A therapist will use continuous ultrasound therapy to heal muscle spasms, pain and to ease tight muscles. Here, the transmitted sound waves generate irritation as they move through muscle fibers. This creates heat in the injured region. To cool it, the body then escalates blood circulation to the injured area, which ramps up the healing process.

When to End the Session

  • If the ultrasound waves create too much heat, the patient will feel pain. The patient should immediately tell the therapist to end the treatment session.

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    by on Feb. 6, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    I have had three so far. The first was at 7 weeks because I was bleeding pretty bad and they thought I might be miscarrying. But you could see the heart beat really well! They did pictures of EVERYTHING (entire uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, etc) that time to look for abnormalities. It was kinda icky because they had to use the internal scan.

    My second one was at 12 weeks because after 15 minutes with the dopplar pressing REALLY hard on my belly, the OB and the nurse couldn't find a heartbeat. They tried and external U/S and couldn't find him and had to switch to internal to finally locate my baby and establish a heart beat. 

    My third one was at 20 weeks to assess his anatomy and size as well as determine gender. 

    I may have another one at 36 weeks (this Friday) if they cannot tell his positioning by touch. (I still can't and I LIVE with him, lol!)

    I don't mind them so much. 

    They aren't terribly invasive like CVS or amnio testing. And they aren't as useless as the test for Down's Syndrome ( I think that knowing before hand will some reduce your fears OR prepare you at all, so why bother?)

    by on Feb. 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM


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