I've had one so far, another next Friday around 12 weeks and then one at 20 weeks. I really thought there would be one more in the 3rd trimester to make sure everything is going OK. I can get a 3D/4D ultrasound for around $100 but it has no medical value.
Here in NL you also get one at 12 weeks and one at 20 weeks, in a normal pregnancy. There's no need for one in third tri if you are low risk - the 20-week one has already checked all the baby's organs etc and after that they can just monitor your weight/size and you can check the baby's movements yourself. Also, as the baby gets bigger it gets harder and harder for them to see what's going on in there!
Because I did IVF, I had very frequent scans early on. I had a 5 week, 6 week, 7 week and 8 week and was then released to a high risk OB. When I went to the OB, I told him about my anxiety and fears, and asked him how often I was able to come in. He said I could come in weekly in the beginning, so that is what I've been doing. Last scan, I asked him when he would want to see me, if I didn't request weekly scans. He said in three weeks. So we compromised and I'm now on an every two week schedule. He hopes as I get more confident and comfortable, I will be able to extend time between scans. Right now I'm set up for 14, 16, 18 and 20 weeks.
5w5d - to confirm he wasn't ectopic
12w - standard nuchal/dating scan
17w - paid for a private gender scan
20w - standard anomaly scan
21w - to mesure my cervical length because I have a weak cervix
23w - measure cervix
25w - measure cervix
27w - measure cervix
29w - measure cervix
34w4d (twice) - to check position as my waters had gone
34w5d (twice) - to measure fluid levels and give weight estimate
I guess what freaked me out a bit, was a natural birthing video I watched, where the baby's abdomen was bigger than it's head. Something happened with his kidneys after the 20 week scan that was not detected because another scan was not done (all was thought to be healthy). I'm guessing this is not common though.
20 weeks with no scan still seems like a long time to me, even if it's the norm for a low risk pregnancy!
I am American living in Germany, I had my first son here and will have this one here, I was shocked to know how little they do ultrasounds in America! I think I would go insane! From 6 weeks on you get an ultrasound every three weeks. Then at 30 weeks its every two weeks then at 35 weeks on its once a week! They do a urine test at each appointment to check levels and a blood test in each trimester. They check heart beat, measure head, legs, abdomen, blood flow to baby, blood flow through baby. I could not ask for better care plus they have 3D ultrasounds that are completely free. I do not understand why doctors do not do them more. They do not take that long and they can put our minds at ease plus show any thing that could be wrong early on!
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