How Many More U S Ahead Before Delivery

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Anna - June 8

I had my 20 week u/s last week and could not see the s_x of the baby. Are there more routine u/s before delivery/ if so, when? Thanks!

 

Katharine - June 9

With my first pregnancy, I had two standard. With my second, I am only being given one.

 

Misty - June 9

I was only given one. But there is a college by me that I am able to call to set up an appointment (which I did) and they will have the students do u/s on you. Kind of like for real life experience for them. They will continue to do the u/s until they know for sure the s_x of your baby. So it isn't like a hit or miss kind of thing. If you have a college by you that trains u/s technicians you should find out if they do the same thing. Just, if it is like here, you need a note from your doctor giving you permission to go before they will see you. Oh yeah, it is free.

 

Heidi - June 9

I only get one during my pregnancy and yesterday they couldn't see the s_x of the baby! But he said something about my placenta might cause them to do one more down the road. He said it was nothing serious but they might want to check it out later on and we'll get to see then. He said it looked like a girl though from what he saw and that's what they told me at 12 wks even though that was really early. I got a nuchal ultrasound at 12 wks so I've had two but the first one was to test for downs. I'm sure I can have more but my insurance may not pay for them if the doctor doesn't request them.

 

monica - June 9

I have had 4 so far....the first was at 10 weeks because they could not hear the heartbeat through a doppler, then one at 12 weeks for testing of downs. Then one at 14 weeks because again they could not hear the h/b. Then one at 20 weeks to rule out abnormalies. I have just swiched insurance from Blue cross to Kaiser so Kaiser is doing another one at almost 34 weeks. Unless there is a problem this is definetly the last one. where I live they only give one at 20 weeks unless you are high risk... I got to see my baby so many times because of not being able to hear his heartbeat....

 

Misty - June 9

Wow, so everything is o.k. Monica? That is so weird. Did they ever say why they couldn't hear the heartbeat?

 

monica - June 9

well the one at 10 weeks the doctor said it was normal not to be able to hear the heartbeat usually after 12 weeks you could. then at 14 weeks the doctor kept putting the doppler really high. But I rented a doppler myself and found out that they only way to hear the heartbeat was really low at my pelvic bone. My baby sits really low. By the next appointment and the doctor still could not find it... I told her exactly where to go because I knew where baby sat... and she was impressed. I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that I have extra belly fat???

 

tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - June 9

My doctor does a transv____al one at 12 weeks, and a "normal" one at 24 weeks. With both of my kids, the 24 week scan required another look, because they were in a position that didn't allow the sonographer to see everything she needed to see. I think the norm is 2 ultrasounds, a__suming all is well with mom and baby. :o)

 

KellyB - June 9

My doctor's practice only does one (your first initial one at 12 weeks) and then again at 20 weeks. That's it. My tech wasn't 100% on the s_x so she told us to come back in a couple of weeks and do a sneak peak (Free of charge) I did that at 24 weeks and just confirmed it was a girl--they didn't do anything else because it was not a scheduled visit. Most of my friends also only had 2 unless there was a problem or baby was breech. At each visit the doctor listens for the heartbeat and we go over how i am feeling. Pretty quick.

 

Heidi - June 9

Me too. My appts are actually pretty boring. Pee in a cup, listen to heartbeat, measure tummy or whatever, any problems? Nope. Out the door I go.

 

Katharine - June 9

I was able to volunteer for an ultrasound at our local university, too. It was free and I got to hear what everything was and why it was important, all for free. They verified the s_x there, too.

 

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