February 2013 Moms

Is it weird my dr does an ultrasound at every appointment?

I started with a new doctor about a month ago.  I've seen her here times now and each time she's done an ultrasound and checked my cervix with an internal ultrasound.  My last doctor only measured me and listened with a Doppler at each appointment.  Is this overkill or normal? I recall reading something many moons ago about too many internal ultrasounds maybe being bad for baby (don't remember if it was a reputable website or not).

 What do you ladies think? 

Re: Is it weird my dr does an ultrasound at every appointment?

  • Is there any reason for her to be checking your cervix?  Have you had PTL symptoms?
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  • For a normal pregnancy yes this is strange.  Someone who is high risk than its with in the normal.  

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  • I have only had 2 u/s...I did have some early at my RE's but with my obgyn it was only 2, and the u/s tech did them, no internal u/s at my obgyn as of yet...but I did have those at my RE's....so yeah I think its weird....
  • I agree,  if your not high risk, there wouldn't be a reason to do that every time. 

    On the other hand, I've been in for my last 2 apts and when my fungus was measured, I was small.  So I have had an ultrasound at my last 2 appointments also.  

    Just to make sure baby is growing ok..

     

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    I agree,  if your not high risk, there wouldn't be a reason to do that every time. 

    On the other hand, I've been in for my last 2 apts and when my fungus was measured, I was small.  So I have had an ultrasound at my last 2 appointments also.  

    Just to make sure baby is growing ok..

     

    Now this is a funny auto-correct, since I assume that's what happened. Where exactly is this fungus growing and how big is it right now? Perhaps your OB should consider giving you some meds for it? ;-)

     

    And OP, I get a regular u/s every visit, but I'm high risk. Even then, my MW does an internal to check cervical position but there's no internal u/s to monitor cervix length since my main HR problem has nothing to do with PTL.


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    I agree,  if your not high risk, there wouldn't be a reason to do that every time. 

    On the other hand, I've been in for my last 2 apts and when my fungus was measured, I was small.  So I have had an ultrasound at my last 2 appointments also.  

    Just to make sure baby is growing ok..

     

    Now this is a funny auto-correct, since I assume that's what happened. Where exactly is this fungus growing and how big is it right now? Perhaps your OB should consider giving you some meds for it? ;-)

     

    And OP, I get a regular u/s every visit, but I'm high risk. Even then, my MW does an internal to check cervical position but there's no internal u/s to monitor cervix length since my main HR problem has nothing to do with PTL.

    bahaha yea I was starting to wonder where my fungus is and why it never gets measured!

     OP, I know my first OB did a US every visit but only internal the first time (at 4wks) and then the rest were on the belly. I was not high risk but he was watching closely since I had just had a major surgery right before getting pregnant. New OB only measure me and checks babys heart with the Doppler. 

  • I live in Switzerland and also get an u/s at every appointment. Just standard over here.
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  • In Lux a scan at every appointment is normal and a cervical check starting at 29 weeks too but it's not via ultrasound.
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  • If you're in the states, I'm sure your insurance company just loves all of those u/s ;)
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  • The doctor's office I go to gives each pregnant patient an ultrasound each visit.  The first one was the only internal, the rest were on the belly.  That's just standard for their office.

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  • I've had an ultrasound at every appointment, even if it's just a short one to check on the heart and lung function. Only one cervical check, but that's when I went in with some very bad lower abdominal cramps. It was determined to be RLP, but they wanted to make sure I wasn't in pre-term labor.
  • Wow, I can't believe how many OBs do routine, unnecessary ultrasounds. Have any of you questioned these? There's no research showing their safety, especially at that amount! 
  • Wow sounds like its a mix!  I'm not high risk, but I am going to a dr. who specializes in high risk patients--maybe that's just normal for her?  Yes I'm sure my insurance company is LOVING this lady!!

    I do worry a bit about what the ultrasounds could be doing to baby if anything. 

     

  • I think you can always ask why and if you aren't comfortable with it, ask if you can stick with the Doppler unless something prompts her to want to use the ultrasound.  I've had three u/s, one extra only because my first OB didn't do whatever measuring they do for the first trimester screening at my initial ultrasound. 

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  • I only have had one plevic exam and i have had a ultrasound every other time i go to the doctors but im a teen and teens have high risk pregancys so they usually do one every other time... but i dont think its bad for the baby beacuse if it was why would they do them in the first place you know??? i love getting an ultrasound and seeing my baby girl :p

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  • It's standard at my doc to get one at every appointment as well. They tend to be quick, just checking growth and heartbeat.

    Sophiasmommy, it's not that they're bad for the baby, per se. Just not enough long term studies have been done, so a lot of folks prefer to err on the side of caution and use them minimally if there is no strong medical reason to do them. Same with things like home dopplers. No, there isnt proof that they're harmful, but a lot of ladies prefer to minimize electronics. 

    Remember, they used to give pg ladies weight loss drugs that ended up causing serious birth defects, and telling women to smoke to ease pregnancy constipation - so doctors don't always know, and what seems safe today may be a really bad idea.  

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