Ultrasound's??

Keela - posted on 02/10/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I am wondering how many ultrasounds you have received. My doctor does one every visit (she only charges for 2, so its not a money issue) and I am worried about long term effects on the baby. It is not a 3-d machine but i have been told it is not neccesary to have this many Ultrasounds. She dosent really "do' anyything else during our visit so i am wondering if I object to the Ultrasound what can she do to check the baby?

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Courtney - posted on 03/03/2009

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It's not necessary but you are lucky! Allot of medical providers will only do two during the course of pregnancy as that is usually all insurance will cover but you get to see yours month after month! Dispite what you may have heard, Ultrasounds do not harm the baby in anyway so no need to worry there. Good luck on your delivery!

Heather - posted on 03/03/2009

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I dont believe ultrasounds are harmful.  I had my first child in Germany and germans give ultrasounds each appt.  While doing ultrasound he could check that I had enough fluid for baby, measured head, belly, legs, etc.  He also was able to tell me position of baby and size of baby for labor and delivery.  I found ultrasounds much more comforting than the care with this baby.  They measure my belly...well I find this a joke.  How do they know from the outside the growth is him or it is the desserts I am craving.  Also they listen to heartbeat which isnt bad but she seems to do it more for me...well with the kicking I know he is fine.  I think it is crazy how different each person has such a different experience!

Keela - posted on 02/27/2009

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I asked my doctor, finally, and she said that a usual ultrasound last around an hour. She has timed her ultrasounds and even giving me an ultrasound everytime the total time of all the ultrasounds combined is under one hour. She also looks for specific changes and growths or lack of in the baby. I beleive her as my ultrasounds are usually under five minutes. She also said untrained people tke along time and can use the wrong frequency( or whatever it uses I cant remember her exact word) and that is where problems occur. anyways just wanted to let you ladies know what I was told!

Brenda - posted on 02/13/2009

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Ultrasounds don't really do anything to the baby at all. I know some doctors like to track the weight and amniotic fluid levels as the pregnancy goes on as well as toward the end see if baby is breech.  My doc just did a transvaginal at 10 weeks to confirm dates, and then the regular US at 20 weeks for the anomoly scan.



Basically, all an US is to the baby is a loud noise if their ear happens to be toward the wand.  I've heard it described as a train like rushing sounds that they can pick up, but it isn't distressing to them at all.  With my first baby, I had to have a biophysical profile, which entails a 30 minute Ultrasound to gage several areas of baby's health.  My son laid with his head in my pelvis, sucking his thumb, asleep through the entire thing.  His ear was even toward the wand but it didn't wake that child up one bit!  I would imagine that that, especially at about 38 weeks like I was at the time, would have been uncomfortable for him if there was any affect, but he managed to sleep through it so it couldn't have been that bad.



If it worries you, discuss it with the doctor.  It is just a matter of doctor's preference.  Some doc's prefer to keep an eye on things, others just don't do it unless they have to.

Rachel - posted on 02/13/2009

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I had one ultrasound at 20 weeks.  My midwife checks me each time for my fundus height, weight,  BP, and listens by Doppler to the heartbeat.  She said last time that I was measuring a little small and if I measure smaller, she might send me for a second ultrasound just to double check that everything is ok - plenty of amniotic fluid, baby's growing well, and placenta is good.  It's unlikely that there's a problem, but it's a precautionary thing.  I haven't heard of getting as many ultrasounds as you've had. 

Allison - posted on 02/12/2009

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I think Sara has a very good point...and she's right, it's never too late to find a provider that you're more comfortable with or has a similar philosophy as you.

Sara - posted on 02/12/2009

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I just wrote a really long response. And it got erased.
In short. Ask her WHY its being done every time. If you have had and otherwise normal pregnancy at your check ups she should be checking blood pressure, pee, measuring belly (baby growth), weight and if anything out of the ordinary is going on with you.
If there is not a good reason for the multiple ultrasounds then maybe you have a lazy doctor and should think about switching. I know its late in the game, but I'd rather have a doctor spending some time on me than taking the easy way out, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the labor and birth.

Allison - posted on 02/11/2009

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You know, it's always good to ask questions :-) Sometimes I think we tend to just assume our docs know what they are doing and go along blindly, but it's also interesting to ask some things and see if what they are doing is going to work for you. They often get in the "medical" mindset and forgot sometimes that most pregnancies progress normally and healthy.

Keela - posted on 02/11/2009

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babys grandma is a midwife and she flipped out upon hearing how many ultrasounds i have received. That was the first I had heard of any issues regarding ultrasounds.. and why I posted the question.

Allison - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Dina:

I've personally never experienced any more or less activity during any of my ultrasounds. I'm just wondering if there is any medical studies to back up the fact that the baby is affected by it. I've never heard that before.




Here's a page that talks about it and does give some sources, research, and other resources. I also trust this source:





 



 

Rebekah - posted on 02/11/2009

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I had only one ultrasound with my son. And had two with this baby (and the early ultrasound was only b/c I'd had a miscarriage in between) I think between 1-2 is normal unless you have a medical reason for more.

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Quoting Allison:



Quoting Dina:

There are no health risks to the baby by getting ultrasounds. Where did you hear that they were detrimental?





Some people believe that there could be health risks and that it hasn't been studied enough to be considered completely without risks. The fact that many babies are extremely active during ultrasounds (even during times of the day that they normally are more quiet) suggests that at the very least it could be uncomfortable. 





I've personally never experienced any more or less activity during any of my ultrasounds. I'm just wondering if there is any medical studies to back up the fact that the baby is affected by it. I've never heard that before.

Genie - posted on 02/11/2009

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I would change doctors if I were you. I have been pregnant twice, in 2 different cities, and have been experiencing the same care, althought different doctors. The standard is pretty much 1 ultrasound around 20 weeks if everything is going well in your pregnancy. I actually wouldn't mind having an ultrasound every visit, but I would also want to make sure they check everything else too. Good luck!

Allison - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Dina:

There are no health risks to the baby by getting ultrasounds. Where did you hear that they were detrimental?


Some people believe that there could be health risks and that it hasn't been studied enough to be considered completely without risks. The fact that many babies are extremely active during ultrasounds (even during times of the day that they normally are more quiet) suggests that at the very least it could be uncomfortable. 



Many OBs do an early ultrasound, a 20 week ultrasound, and maybe one at the very end of pregnancy. The nucial translucency test is done at 12 weeks and is becoming more common as technology develops and spreads to all areas, and this is done via ultrasound as well.



As far as I know, there are not any benefits to having an ultrasound at every visit. Many midwives don't do ultrasounds at all. There are the other things they test for that are probably more important: blood pressure, protein in the urine, fundal height.



You can refuse any treatment at any time - and if you don't want so many ultrasounds, tell your doc that. Discuss the benefits and see what the doc is looking for. Also keep in mind that dating via the ultrasound isn't accurate after the first trimester, so if your doc is thinking that he/she wants to change the due date based on those ultrasounds, think twice about it.

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There are no health risks to the baby by getting ultrasounds. Where did you hear that they were detrimental?

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The doctor should be measuring your belly to see that there is adequete growth of the baby, and listening to the babies heartbeat with a doppler. In the office I worked at, there was usually two US. One in the beginning to make sure the pregnancy was viable and then around 20 weeks to check growth. Sometimes later in the pregnancy towards the very end they would do one to check the fluid around the baby, but otherwise I didn't see them do that often. - It sounds like you all need to find new doctors. - There should have been some kind of blood screen around 12-16 weeks to check levels, and a glocose test around 26 to check for gestational diabetes. They should also do a strep test at about 36 weeks to make sure if you are delivering naturally that it is not passed on to baby. -- Good luck to all of you!!!



 

Keela - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have been to the doctor evry month since my forth month. I now am required to go every two weeks. I have had lab work and the glucose test (which made me feel really bad) and measyrements of the belly. The main focus is on the Ultrasound.

Brittany - posted on 02/11/2009

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Does she measure anything. My doctors haven't done much in any visit except for the first one when they got all the info. I wasn't able to get to the doctor until my 17th week so I've only had one so far. The second visit they did the ultrasound and nothing else, the 3rd visit, I did the glucose screening and they measured my fundal height for the first time. I didn't like those doctors, and I recently moved. I'm at 28 weeks, I have to get on medicaid up here and get a doctor, I think I'm supposed to be going every two weeks now, do you know?



As far as hurting the baby, I don't know I mean with the technology nowadays I think they've figured that out, but I can't be sure. I know it would be so wonderful to see my baby girl more. I wish they'd invent a home ultrasound thing... that hooked to the tv or soemthing, but they'd have to make sure it was safe first. But that would be so amazing.

Nancy Louise - posted on 02/11/2009

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i have had two ultrasounds, my doctor & midwife doesnt seem to care too much about my or my babys health very disapointed! at 24 weeks only seen doc once an midwife twice.

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