Mathias Edward born 1/26/06
8lbs 4oz, 21 inches long
Astrid Grace born 7/15/08
8lbs 5oz, 19.75 inches long
4/1/12 4:29 P
My doc's office did a U/s to "confirm the pregnancy" I already had pee tests and blood tests that showed high HCG, but they would not say that I was "pregnant" until they had seen the u/s. Although I thought it was strange, it was reassuring to see my lo's heart beat and know that he really was there, a little baby growing inside me (and my hubby was relieved that it was only one baby)
3/9/12 11:54 A
There are many things they will look for, maybe you have had yours already now. But they look for things like a molar pregnancy, where the placenta, how far along you are, make sure it is not an etopic pregnancy. I had a woman in my birth date team who had a molar pregnancy, which means, what was forming was not a baby. It was not even baby shaped she said. She was crushed but so glad she found out when she did. I was off on my estimation of when I conceived. My issue was I was having pregnancy symptoms much earlier than would expect to experiance, so I thought I was a month farther ahead. SO I was shocked on my first ultrasound, to see an egg sac and not a little baby! LOL, but came back in a couple weeks, and she was in there! I know they often do ultrasounds in the last trimeaster to check the growth of the baby. I have PCOS, which women with this often have larger babies, so my doc assured me, that I would be able to have ultrasounds at the end, if she was tending to be large!
EDD JULY 13th
So excited to meet our little Blessing Baby Ruth Anne!
2/21/12 2:57 P
It is standard in the office I go to to schedule an ultrasound following the first prenatal appointment - which they like to schedule when you are about 8 weeks along. I can also get in for an ultrasound the same week I call for the appointment, so around 8 weeks is when I have that first ultrasound. My referral form for that first ultrasound says the purpose is "to date the pregnancy", as opposed to the 20 week ultrasound, which says it is for "anatomy". Even though I have not experienced a miscarriage, it has been reassuring to me to have that first ultrasound and hear the baby's heartbeat and to know that nothing unusual has been detected.
2/16/12 4:23 P
I had one at 8 weeks with both my pregnancies. They can detect the viability of the pregnancy (growthing correctly, heartbeat), the position of attachment (etoptic or low lying), determine the number of babies, and give you an accurate due date.
It's not essential, but its fairly standard.
Tyler Matthew- Natural birth 4/19/09 9lbs1oz
2/16/12 1:42 A
Depending on the time that they do it, it can check to see viability of pregnancy, meaning make sure there is a baby growing in there. On top of that it helps "confirm" due dates. Problem with that is that it can be off. Though the earlier you check for due date, the more accurate it is rather than waiting until 2nd trimester and such. If you don't want to do it, don't do it. You know when you OV, your dates should work just fine.
They can also check for genetic issues and what not with an U/S. It used to be just a blood test and if that came up positive, they'd want to do an amniocentesis which has a risk of causing an abortion. Not something I would want. However, now they can do a normal blood draw from a vein in your arm and an U/S and the accuracy of discovering problems is in the 70-80%. There are two sets of these, one before 13 weeks, and another before 20 weeks. They'd give you the time frame. Although I didn't really want to do tons of U/S, I did opt for this due to high stress at that time and it would just help with comfort, or preparing.
I hope this helps. It's all your choice and if they're forcing you, I'd consider finding another practitioner.
2/15/12 8:27 A
I'm not sure what they would be looking for, unless you have had issues in the past? Sorry I'm no help. I go to a doctor that doesn't even do U/S unless there is a reason (crazy growth, unsure of due date,etc)...Good luck though. Hopefully they explain their reasoning behind the U/S. It could very well just be standard procedure, and may be something you can refuse if they is no good reason for it.
2/14/12 8:53 P
I'm a little frustrated. I got my BFP on 2/3 having ovulated on 1/16, and it took until today for the lab results to come back indicating to the medical community that I'm officially expecting. The nurse then told me that the next step was to schedule an ultrasound, and I'm wondering why that's the automatic next step? Is there any good reason to have one done this early? I haven't had any symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, and from what I've been reading there don't seem to be any other problems they'd detect at this stage that they could do anything about. I don't really want to do this, but I felt mildly bullied and let her make the appointment. This is at my reproductive endocrinologist's office, and I know they're just going through their standard procedure, but is there any actual possible benefit? Thanks.
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