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No ultrasound this normal?

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I found out I was pregnant when I was about 5 weeks.  I called and scheduled an appointment and saw a nurse at 8 weeks to do bloodwork and confirm the pregnancy.  They scheduled me 3 weeks later with the doctor.  I was almost 13 weeks at this time.  I saw the doctor, she did a PAP, listened for a heartbeat, checked my uterus, said things were good, told me to gain 30lbs, said we would do an ultrasound in 6 weeks and sent me on my way.  Is this normal?  How come everyone seems to be getting ultrasounds and pics of their baby so young and I have to wait until 18 (almost 19) weeks?  This is my first and I was so excited just to see my baby.  I know it's probably petty but I just want to see what's growing inside me. 

by on Apr. 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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by Mandy on Apr. 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Totally normal. I wouldn't have had ultrasounds until 20 weeks myself. But with both pregnancies, they couldn't hear the heartbeat using the doppler at 12 weeks so I had a quick ultrasound just to be sure baby was fine. 

by Platinum Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Because people are impatient and either pay to have it done elsewhere or come up with excuses to have it done. Some Drs will do it to confirm a DD. And of coarse if there is a concern. U/s really aren't nessesary if everything is fine, and they still aren't considered perfectly safe. Some research has determined there is a risk with u/s especially more then the standard 1 or 2.

So anyway it might be hard, but it may be a blessing too. You will get to see your little one soon. Hey back in the good ol days you had to wait 9 mns :) I had two u/s early on for subchorionic bleeding. It was fun to see baby, but I was sad too because we hadn't planned to have it done. Then I have one at 19 wks to make sure baby is growing well. Then Lord willing that will be all!!!

by on Apr. 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

All depends on your insurance.  Some people are getting earlier u/s's because of complications, some because their ins allows more. 

by on Apr. 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM

The reason being is because current studies are inconclusive to whether or not ultrasounds have a negative effect on pregnancies or poses possible risks. As a result you will observe that a lot of midwives and some OBs are not introducing as many u/s as they used to. I'd look at it as a good thing. Its better safe than sorry.

by Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM

i have only 1 so far at 19 and with my other 2 i had 2-3 . depends on doc . ive had different ob with all three kids

by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Ultrasounds aren't normal, most women don't have them.    You can investigate the reasons you want one to see if it's worth it.   I never do any in my pregnancies, personally,

by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I get one almost every appointment because he can never find the heartbeat with the doppler. And I've had complications with bleeding and blood pressure this pregnancy
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by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM
My first ob only did them at 20wks and 38wks. My 2nd ob did one at first appt (I was 6wks) 12wks for down syndrom testing, 20wks for gender/anatomy then that is usually it. I got more cause all of a sudden she stopped growing (stomach went from 1wk ahead to 2wks behind and at 20wks she measured 18wks). I got them done at 23, 26, 29, 32, 36 and 38wks. But if I had opted out of the Ds test and measured normal I would have only gotten 2.
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by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:16 AM

With my first and with this one now I had an ultrasound done at my first appointment.  I thought all doctors did this to make sure the baby was in the sac and all that good stuff.  I guess everyone is different though.

by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I think it depends on the doctor, mine does a routine ultrasound at the 8 week appointment to make sure dates are right etc.

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