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February 4th, 2014, 10:41 AM
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Hi All!

I've noticed many of you are already getting ultrasound appointments to confirm healthy pregnancies. When I called my prospective OB (who I don't want to go to but don't have much choice because of insurance) I was told I would not be able to receive an ultrasound until at least 11 weeks. Also, the doctor's office said the doctor would not listen for a heartbeat until at least 10-11 weeks either. According to her, the first appointment at 8 weeks will only include a pelvic exam, breast exam, and blood screening since I am a diabetic, along with a referral to a diabetes treatment program for pregnant women as I did last time around.

I am curious, have many of you had different experiences in the past with earlier ultrasounds/heart beat monitors?

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February 4th, 2014, 04:48 PM
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I have had US starting at 5.5wks. Before 8-9ish weeks it is a transvaginal US. They usually listen to the heartbeat around 10-12wks, as they see it on the US at the 1st appt at 8wks.
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February 4th, 2014, 05:11 PM
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My doctor will do an ultrasound before 6 weeks only if there is a reason to, and that has to be transvaginal. I'm having an (external) ultrasound at 7 weeks just to check things out. I would push for one if you really want it. My friend's doctor wouldn't do it and she ended up with an ectopic that almost killed her at 8 weeks and resulted in the removal of her entire fallopian tube.
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February 4th, 2014, 05:33 PM
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I had a transvaginal ultrasound when DD1 was about 8+3 weeks, and a Doppler at 16 weeks. Every doctor seems different though. Some find it unnecessary.
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February 13th, 2014, 07:00 AM
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Most doctors/midwives don't do early ultrasounds, unless there's a reason. The "norm" is generally just the 18-20 week scan and that's it. Some places vary somewhat. With my 4th, I had one at about 12 weeks to confirm a single baby. With my 5th, I had a transvaginal around 8 weeks to confirm EDD since I was taking birth control, even though not consistently. I don't anticipate an early one, but I guess we'll see what the midwife says about the size of my uterus when I have my first appointment.

I would say 8-12 weeks is well within the normal range of a first appointment, and all those things sound completely normal.
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February 13th, 2014, 07:18 AM
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With my daughter I had an ultrasound at 6w4d which showed a heartbeat, and my doctor listened with the doppler and found it at 9 weeks. I don't know if that's standard or not for her but she is fabulous and knows I have a past of miscarriage so she may have done it just to ease my mind a bit.
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February 13th, 2014, 07:41 AM
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All offices have their own protocols. My midwife does a dating scan between 8-12 weeks. However, dating scans are only accurate up to 12 weeks. Some places only do the anatomy scan at 18-20 weeks. If you really want one done you can fudge a little a say you hVe spotting or something and the hospital will do a scan.
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February 13th, 2014, 08:45 AM
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Thanks everyone! I found out today I will get my first ultrasound on Feb. 28th, two weeks from tomorrow! I found ONE other doctor in my area that is a high risk specialist and wants to do one a bit early because I had two m/s before DS. So excited to see baby. Once I see a normal baby and sac and hear that heartbeat I can take a sigh of relief and really start enjoying this pregnancy!
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February 13th, 2014, 09:26 AM
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It varies a tun! With my first my doc got for me she called it a dating u/s and stated that I didn't know my LMP so insurance would cover it. So I got it a 8 weeks 2 days. With my second we had moved and I couldn't get one before 20 weeks to save my life! With number 3 I started having them at 8 weeks due to my having had cervical surgery a few months before. Number 4 I got the first one at 11 weeks. With this one I don't have my first appointment until March 18th at that time I will be getting the nuchal scan so I get a u/s!
A lot of doctors won't even try for a hb until later because they don't want a mom freaking out on them if they can't find it. But as long as a mom is warned that they may not be able to get for any number of reason, I don't see why they wouldn't even try. I had one that we couldn't get a hb with the Doppler until like 16 weeks because of were my placenta was at. We had seen it on u/s so I wasn't worried. But that is why they wait to do it sometimes.
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February 13th, 2014, 09:55 AM
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I've never heard of these early scans unless the pregnancy was high risk or there was a problem. Dating 10 to 12 if needed and anatomy 18 to 20 is what I am used to but I live in Ontario Canada and it's government covered so it's pretty standardized. I am a bit skeptical and think that it's a cash grab from the insurance companies, but I could be wrong.
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February 13th, 2014, 11:24 AM
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I will get an 11 week US for dates & then a major one around 20. I saw a different OB last time. They did a transvag US at 8 weeks.
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February 14th, 2014, 11:33 AM
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Mine is both for dating and because of the high risk. I told my OB nurse that I have a 25 day cycle and so she wanted to confirm how far along we are. But, unfortunately she said my insurance would not cover additional testing for HCG/beta levels

I sure hope all is okay.... still over-analyzing why I am not vomiting two-three times as I did with DS 4 years ago or my m/s baby 5 years ago. I really need to see something viable to relax!
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February 14th, 2014, 01:04 PM
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I am seeing a perinatologist now because I have had 3 mc and they see you for an initial sono at 5 weeks to hopefully see a sac.
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February 14th, 2014, 07:27 PM
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Sarah, my OB doesn't see you until 10weeks unless you are having bleeding. Even with my prior miscarriage. Its so nerve wrecking!
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February 14th, 2014, 08:23 PM
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I've never heard of these early scans unless the pregnancy was high risk or there was a problem. Dating 10 to 12 if needed and anatomy 18 to 20 is what I am used to but I live in Ontario Canada and it's government covered so it's pretty standardized. I am a bit skeptical and think that it's a cash grab from the insurance companies, but I could be wrong.
I think it varies in Ontario as well. I'm in Ontario and with my last pregnancy I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks, then 8ish. I also had scans scheduled for 12, 16, 18-20 and 32 weeks. I didn't have any problems, prior to the miscarriage. I was with a midwife.
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February 15th, 2014, 12:36 AM
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I was happy to get one at 6w3d, but i was seeing a fertility specialist (an RE). My first pregnancy ended in m/c but the ob said no u/s til 8w. I think A lot of us with early scans have had fertility trouble and/or a lot of losses. Hope this is helpful. I know how hard it is to wait. Hang in there .
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February 15th, 2014, 06:00 AM
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Thanks everyone! I found out today I will get my first ultrasound on Feb. 28th, two weeks from tomorrow! I found ONE other doctor in my area that is a high risk specialist and wants to do one a bit early because I had two m/s before DS. So excited to see baby. Once I see a normal baby and sac and hear that heartbeat I can take a sigh of relief and really start enjoying this pregnancy!
YAY!! How far along will you be then? Sorry, I'm trying to remember everyones EDDs!

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I've never heard of these early scans unless the pregnancy was high risk or there was a problem. Dating 10 to 12 if needed and anatomy 18 to 20 is what I am used to but I live in Ontario Canada and it's government covered so it's pretty standardized. I am a bit skeptical and think that it's a cash grab from the insurance companies, but I could be wrong.
I agree with another post that even in Ontario, it really varies. I can't remember exactly the weeks but when I was pregnant with my DD I had one at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 20 weeks and then... 27? Something like that. I had tons.
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February 15th, 2014, 08:25 AM
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I had my first ultrasound yesterday at 5w1d. I had an iui with clomid and trigger shot so I am followed by the re until around 7 weeks... And my next ultrasound is at 7w1d when hopefully I will graduate from the re to a regular ob or midwife practice.
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