So far I've had an ultrasound done at each appointment and I believe I will have one every time I see him. I have heard they do not do this for everyone though. For the fastest help on, More posts in "April 2013 First Time Moms" group, Create a post in "April 2013 First Time Moms" group, the most helpful and trustworthy pregnancy and parenting information. No that's not normal. Craziness. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.Most ultrasound examinations are done using an ultrasound device outside your body, though some involve placing a device inside your body. We are hoping it is more cooperative in three weeks. Sure enough he had my baby up on the screen with an abdominal ultrasound within seconds even though I'm only 14w and had a u/s just 4 weeks ago. For my peace of mind. I must admit that it was nice to see baby unexpectedly, hopefully my insurance will cover it. Just because it isn't everyone's experience doesn't necessarily mean it's abnormal. I hunted high and low and found a medical aid that covered 12 maternity visits (which was all for nothing now as my Gynae is not on their plan) and two scans. Drinking a glass of orange juice, apple juice, etc. I think it really does depend on the practice. For high risk which is every 2 weeks due to incompetent cervix and PTL with my first. It depends on your doctor and insurance. You don't want the nasty surprise of paying out of pocket. Might be good to ask your doctor and check in with your insurance (to make sure they will cover the ultrasounds). As for the rest of the pregnancy, I think as long as she can find the heartbeat, I will just have the 20W ultrasound. But this being your 1st baby it's abnormal to get one at every appt but you did mention IF, so maybe there is a reason there. I won't have one until 19weeks, but at my last appt after some discussion regarding my last pregnancy and potentially having another large baby (and other health issues), they are going to schedule growth scans starting at 36 weeks. Bring your partner with you if you can. theBecky-- does your insurance cover all of those u/s? Your health care provider will assess the size of your uterus, either vaginally or via an ultrasound. The organization recommends a yearly mammogram from ages 45-54, but says people can then transition to mammograms once every two years from age 55 onward. Thanks for sticking with us for a full year. Unless there is a reason you need regular ultrasounds I don't see the point in an ultrasound every appointment. PS- Each exam room at my OB office has a u/s machine, which may further indicate that it varies practice by practice. Weigh you. Its not as good, of course, but still reassuring. This eight-week appointment is also called an intake appointment. While carrier testing is offered early in pregnancy, you can have the tests done even before you get pregnant. Doctors, midwives, or trained ultrasound technicians will do your ultrasound and read the results. They have a portable machine that the doctor uses to measure growth and heartbeat. It was so cute, but it's legs were crossed. If you’re under 21, you don’t need a pelvic exam yet. So we didn't know that my placenta had stopped growing at 7 1/2 mos and I carried LO1 to full term. If your Level 2 ultrasound determines that the baby has a problem or that there is a I was getting a little worried because my SIL flat out told me it wasn't normal. I've gotten an ultrasound at every appointment, my OB uses it to check heartbeat and track baby's growth. Find out what to expect at your first and second trimester ultrasound appointments, what you can learn from those ultrasounds, and why you might need an ultrasound (or a few) in the third trimester. I'll still check with my insurance, but I'm going to trust my Doctor as well. Nope! I know that some of the other medical aids I looked at only offered 3 or 4 visits, with maybe only one scan etc. It went up when she was pregnant with her son and then never went down. http://operationicingonthecake.wordpress.com/. I love being able to see the growth. ... You will not have a vaginal exam done every visit. “It’s actually not routine to scan at every visit,” Herta says. I don't think it's abnormal. Your doctor should schedule a follow-up appointment with you to discuss the results of your abdominal ultrasound if the radiologist is not available at the time of the procedure. Isn't it amazing?? It does depend on your doctor. With thousands of award-winning articles and community groups, you can track your pregnancy and baby's growth, get answers to your toughest questions, and connect with moms, dads, and expectant parents just like you. I didn't mind and he didn't charge insurance for it. I'm high risk and will be getting u/s at every appt. I get one routine (but optional) u/s at 20 weeks. But she picked up the heartbeat right away so an ultrasound wasn't necessary. I did not get an ultrasound with every visit. I am having one about every 2 weeks. Sound waves tend to travel more efficiently through liquid and a full bladder can often create better ultrasound images. Insurance would never pay for that many u/s. This product is matched to user comments in this post. Some doctors do them more frequently but I've never heard of anyone doing an ultrasound at every appointment. When you call your healthcare provider to schedule your first prenatal appointment, ask whether you'll be having an ultrasound. I have seen him thrice and had a scan at every visit. Hello, The only person I know who had ultrasounds at every appointment was my friend with high blood pressure. I am 13 weeks, and so far I have had one every time I have seen the doctor (once for spotting and once for my initial appointment at the regular OB and then I will have one today at the high risk doctor). I have had 4 so far and in for 4 more by the time I am 20 weeks. I would ask the OB why you're getting so many, and check with your insurance company to make sure they're covered. Generally, the first appointment will take place around 8 weeks, although some practitioners like to wait until 10 to 12 weeks. To time it right, some practitioners suggest emptying your bladder about 90 minutes before your exam. Between 28 to 36 weeks your appointment will become more frequent to fortnightly. Dunno if that makes a difference. Get a Listen to That Heartbeat Most expectant moms first hear the baby's heartbeat around 12 weeks, BabyCenter says. However, you have to ask him to hear the heartbeat. I am in Switzerland now, and here I have an ultrasound at every appointment. Haven't asked why - didn't realize it was abnormal. Heres what to know about transvaginal ultrasounds, plus what to expect before, during, and after. In the US, I had ultrasounds on the schedule mentioned by other posters (around 9 weeks, then around 20 weeks). I get an ultrasound at every appt also! But now I'm at Kaiser and the doc has an ultrasound machine in his exam room so he said, "I'll take a quick look at the baby every time." During the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy, you will routinely see your obstetrician and/or midwife once a month. I’m 3 months? Now is the perfect time to start your Baby Registry! Personally, because I work with the hospital, and because of my history of complications, they have done one at 8wks, 12wks, 14wks, and 15wks. I would have thought the number of ultrasounds you get would be driven by the insurance, not the particular doctor. after my first appointment my doctor does always check the heartbeat with the Doppler though. So far I've had one at every appointment. Maybe it's because I'll be 35 when I deliver? I do not know if they will do it differently this time but the few weeks just before the due date I got one at every appointment to check position and fluid level. I'm 41, and don't have an u/s at every appt. MY OB has just used to the doppler at every appointment so far. It's not normal...I'm high risk and I'll get the alloted 2-3 ultrasounds (and that includes a level 2) that's typical in pregnancy. I get an ultrasound at every appointment. So that means that I have seen baby at every visit. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, though, you might have them every time. TTC #3 6/2017 ... hoping #3 doesn't have to be a rainbow. Have a glass of fruit juice. “They’ve done a lot of studies that it hasn’t improved the baby’s outcome or maternal outcomes. In your third trimester (28 weeks through the end of your pregnancy), you'll most likely have a checkup every two weeks from 28 to 36 weeks, then switch to once-a-week visits until you deliver. Do you ladies have ultrasounds at all of your appointments? You’ll step on the scale so the doctor can make sure you and your baby are growing well. You may have an appointment with your doctor right after the ultrasound to go over the results, Dr. Fenske says, or if the results r… 2 at the ER and 4 at my Drs office. During a vaginal ultrasound, the doctor puts an ultrasound wand into your vagina. The baby was upside down...and moving around. What is PTL? I think this is interesting, because I have Kaiser and I still do not get an ultrasound every appointment. Your practitioner will use a Doppler -- a handheld ultrasound machine -- at each prenatal visit to check the heartbeat. I have them at every appointment as well and get to see baby and hear the heartbeat, and I go about every 4 weeks. I go in to see my doc every 3 weeks and have an ultrasound at every appointment. This surprised me, but I certainly don't mind. One of the times they couldn't find the baby's HB the other 2 he had to do an u/s to check how my cyst was doing, and I convinced him to let me see baby. I do however have Kaiser. “Pap testing and routine pelvic exam are … BabyCenter aims to share products and services we hope you'll find interesting and helpful. i'm 14 weeks and have had one ultrasound (at 12 weeks) and the next one is at 19 weeks. I'll get another one in 3 weeks at my anatomy scan, but then I probably won't get another until I do the elective 3D/4D ones and then at the end when they do it for measurements. You are passing a message to a BabyCenter staff member. Whether you know ahead of time that you'll have a high-risk pregnancy or you simply want to do whatever you can to prevent a high-risk pregnancy, stick to the basics. Some doctors do them more frequently but I've never heard of anyone doing an ultrasound at every appointment. Our content is doctor approved and evidence based, and our community is moderated, lively, and welcoming. Start by selecting which of these best describes you! I get one every 4 weeks but they are to measure my cervix (I have a laceration from my delivery of DS) to determine whether or not I'll need a cerclage. I don't think that's typical. I'm not high risk, I'm only 24, and the doctor says everything looks great. Only files 8MB or smaller of the following types are supported: JPEG, PNG, GIF. I don't think it is too common but my last pregnancy my OB just had one in the room and just that to check on the baby. My doctor does one at every appointment. The appointments are more spread out, too (4-5 weeks, and between weeks 13 and 22, I am only going in for a blood draw, won't even see the dr!). Or do they do one on my stomach now. For a normal abdominal ultrasound, you'll lie down and a technician will put a special gel on your belly. This makes it easier for your doctor to see around or through your bladder. My next appointment is at 18 weeks so I will have one to check on development, though we aren't finding out the sex. I don't think my Ins would have paid for all of them at at $400-$500 a piece. i think it will all depend on where you're gonna be going to be checked if they have their own ultrasound equipment. This is my first pregnancy, so I have nothing to compare it to, but my SIL who's also pregnant made it sound like this is very abnormal. I had one my 10th week (dating), and then my doctor did one at 14W because she couldn't find the heartbeat with the doppler. Getting an ultrasound at every appointment isn't what most drs in the US do, but it doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong/ of concern. If you’re getting a transabdominal ultrasound, you should arrive at your appointment with a full bladder. I love being able to see the baby so often, but from what I've been reading most people get one to confirm how far along they are and one at 20 weeks. He always shows it to you on the screen, but for some reason forgets to let you hear it unless you ask. I'm scheduled to meet with a doctor every four weeks until I'm 36 weeks along and they said they would do ultrasounds at all of the appointments. For the dating and A/S, I make a separate appointment with an ultrasound tech, and I know those are billed to my insurance, but the in-office quickies are not. It includes an ultrasound, lab work and a meeting with a certified nurse midwife. If you are asked to come back for a Level 2 ultrasound, you may be concerned about your baby’s health. I recently switched doctors to one my co-worker recommended. Im getting them every appointment with my perinatologist (sp?) I had an appointment yesterday and really wanted to see the baby but didn't get one. We typically schedule the first prenatal appointment eight weeks after the first day of a woman’s last period. I think they will end at 20 weeks. could not tell the gender! Generally, the ultrasound sonographer isn’t supposed to tell you what they see—that’s news you’ll receive in a follow-up appointment with your doctor, says Wilson—but most technicians are allowed to tell you the gender. If you're thinking about becoming pregnant, consult … Yes the ultrasound technician and machine were there in the office. I had an untrasound at my first apt at week 8 and then I ended up with a pleasant surprise as I got a pap on my next apt. I was 38/39 for first pregnancy and had an IUI. Some doctors do them often, others usually do one around 9ish wks, at 20 wks and then no more unless there is a reason. I have a doctors appointment once a month and an appointment at the hospital once a month for my scans and blood work. It's nice to see the changes the baby is making. A radiologist will interpret your ultrasound images. I also spoke to my gynae to ask about scan prices as only two are covered and he said not to worry as he wouldnt charge me for any more scans(???). Just got my recent bill and he didnt charge. The tech will squirt some cold gel on your tummy and use a transducer to take a look. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, though, you might have them every time. I did struggle with IF but am now attending a regular OBGYN and they made it sound like this was typical practice. My first ultrasound will be at 20 weeks, then I may have 1-2 after. It was nice to know though that if you needed to see the doctor and an ultrasound was needed you could have it done right there. :(. During Your Appointment Be sure to plan some extra time for this midpoint appointment because you'll likely do an ultrasound in addition to your regular checkup. She said he gave her ultrasounds at every appt (not why I switched). Not sure if it's medically necessary, but it's certainly exciting to see the little guy and get a new photo at each appointment. Found out that this will take the place of the one I was supposed to have on the 14th because the insurance won't pay for both. To be clear, we are talking about ultrasounds that evaluate fetal growth and amniotic fluid volumes, not ultrasounds that look at fetal activities such as movement and breathing. Then, due to my age, I was asked to schedule a Level 2 u/s for November 5th. Some pratices have their own u/s machines in each room. Not standard for me. Since your little one is developing more and more every day by the time you get to your first ultrasound, you will be able to see what they look like. If you do, inquire as to the reason, because this is not generally necessary. From 36 weeks, routinely you will then have an appointment every week until your baby is born. If a practice does not have u/s equipment in each room and readily available then obviously this would not be the case. Last time the hb was 154 bpm. Hi,I am 6 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Please allow about 90 minutes for this appointment. Did anyone else have to do a pap? I only get one at 20 weeks. My first pregnancy I just had a few of the usual U/S. If youre wary of getting a transvaginal ultrasound, we cant blame you. Mine likes to visually track the progress of the baby. Getting an ultrasound at every appointment isn't what most drs in the US do, but it doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong/ of concern. Both places do an ultra sound at each visit. so that's reassuring. What if I am told to repeat my ultrasound exam? I love it. While you will likely be able to involve your partner through the use of technology, if the prospect of attending an ultrasound appointment alone puts you on edge, should you … The doctors I see generally do one every 6wks, because they have the u/s machines to do so, and also because it is a patient-centered medical practice (a "new" method being implemented in clinics across the country) which is more focused on streamlined, personalized medical care. Is this normal?? Thanks again! For example: Schedule a preconception appointment. During the third trimester, some offices perform ultrasounds every two weeks, while others (like ours) perform one every three to four weeks. I was just wondering if you have an ultrasound at every doctor visit? More and more practitioners have ultrasound equipment in their office and are doing ultrasounds for their patients as early as 6 to 10 weeks. If the ultrasound results show any cause for concern, your doctor will discuss the necessary steps and treatment plans that are required with you. I only get the AS at 20 weeks unless there is some reason to necessitate another. I think it is rare, but doesn't necessarily mean the doctor is concerned. Any others would be if necessary later on. Just had one at 11 weeks and will get the anatomy/gender scan at 20 weeks next month. Hi there :) Usually ultrasounds depend on ur ob/gyn. Or maybe it's just the doc. Im sure it depends on why you had fertility issues and theyr just monitoring it. I don't mind either way, but I'll take any photos of kiddo that I can get. I'm not high risk due to age or anything else either. Might be good to ask your doctor and check in with your insurance (to make sure they will cover the ultrasounds). After dealing with IF for three years....I'm just wanting things to be normal. Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. I've now had 6. Also, no news is often good news. will also help get … It feels like a regular vaginal exam that you might get during a well-woman visit. OP, are you in the US? I got one at 12 weeks for the 1st trimester NT scan. Not sure, and not concerned about it. This is also my first and now I know that I need to ask at my apt what the next one will be so that I don't have to get hubby out of work if not needed. I'm being featured in a new pregnancy/motherhood blog during the month of October, so if you ever wanted to know more about my pregnancy, birth, and motherhood experiences than anyone ever should, check out my posts in the link below! You might feel a little bit of pressure, but it’s not painful. Unfortunately, they've scheduled my first doctor's appointment for Oct 26th when I will be ten weeks. This will help carry the sound waves. Get expert guidance from the world's #1 pregnancy and parenting resource, delivered via email, our apps, and website. I should have had one at 36 weeks to measure baby properly and never got it. I've had two so far, because I switched doctors after my first appointment. I get one every few weeks right now to measure my cervix. Get weekly updates on baby and your body. So figure out how many little ones you can expect when you have your first appointment. no ma'am...at least i didn't. I haven't had an u/s at all. Ive actually had one at 9 wks, 20 wks, 25 wks, and 29 wks and will have one or two more. I only get one at 20 weeks. Just so you know, we may earn a commission if you buy something we've linked to here. At my last appointment (at 13 wks) she said she'd do an ultrasound if she couldn't pick up the heartbeat with the doppler. Read the descriptions and, when scheduling your next visit to a Labcorp patient service center, choose the appropriate testing service you … When you schedule the appointment for your first transabdominal ultrasound, ask your doctor if your need to arrive with a full bladder. I'm guessing the first time I will actually get to see the baby is at the 20wk a/s. Does every pregnancy appointment have to have an ultrasound through “down there” ? Hello,What is PTL?I get one every few weeks right now to measure my cervix. Last week I had my prenatal assessment appointment with a nurse who went through my medical history. Since this is my first, I"m still kinda lost at things and just kind of going with the flow. I had issues that weren't caught before LO1 was born because me last scan was the a/s at 20 weeks. I have only gotten to hear baby with the Doppler. They're all just different. my ultrasounds and appointments are also at different locations. And did not have u/s at every appt. Hopefully, reading details about what the procedure entails will make the whole thing less worrisome. I guess maybe it depends on your doctor? I was scheduled to have the anatomy scan on November 14th. She's on medication but her OB is very cautious and did an u/s at every appointment with her daughter. And my first ultrasound is scheduled for November 10th. At my dr. they do the standard (dating and A/S), but if there is ever any worry, or they can't find the heartbeat with the Doppler, the dr. doesn't hesitate to whip out the u/s and take a look. ... most women with twins get ultrasounds every … However, it is important to remember that in many cases the Level 2 ultrasound shows that everything looks fine. They will call you to discuss the findings, or to schedule a follow-up appointment. I would ask doc next time you go in what the reason is for having u/s at every appt. It depends on your background and your doctor. At nearly every prenatal appointment, your practitioner will also do the following: Check your blood pressure. Now that the baby is big enough, this ultrasound will be done on your abdomen. Routine blood test guide But you will probably get the Doppler at most every appt. He also advised me to book an appointment for the 12 week scan (at another place). So I assume what I am getting is above normal, but thats awesome for me as this pregnancy has been very quiet some days. Charlie: Wowing the Masses with His Adorableness Since March 16, 2011. This is all such good information--thank you!! Below is a list of the services performed at our Labcorp patient service centers, which can help you select the right location nearest you. If all goes well, those will be the only two. Some people say too many ultrasounds can be dangerous so I don't mind not getting one everytime. Your doctor will discuss the results with you at a follow-up appointment. So my doc is being really cautious this time. 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