Hi girls, I'm new to this thread, will be expecting my first on 11/13. I have read on this site and others about ultrasounds being done at 8 week appointments. I am just wondering if this is customary, as I have spoken to my OB and he informed me they don't do U/S until around week 20. Does it just depend on your Dr. whether or not they U/S early? I'm kind of jealous that so many ladies get to have one so early!! Good luck to you all, I wish you a happy and healthy 9 months.
Congratulations! I think it does just depend on the doctor. My OB/GYN wanted me to have my first one at 6 weeks just to see if it was a "viable" pregnancy. I think that must be routine for her because there was nothing making our pregnancy high-risk and we had conceived on our own. And we were able to find out very early on that we're expecting twins.
Usually you only get one around 20 wks but with this pregnancy (my second) I've already had 5.
6 wks - lower abdominal pain, wanted to rule out ectopic
10 wks - sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms, checking to make sure baby was okay
13 wks - Couldn't pick up h/b with doppler
18.4 wks - Regular anatomical and gender u/s - IT'S A BOY!
35.1 wks - Growth u/s and confirm gender - IT'S STILL A BOY!
With my first I had one at 19.5 wks and that was it!
Every situation is different and every Doc/Midwife is as well. Hang in there! You'll get to see your little one soon enough!
I think drs will only do u/s's early if they feel there is a medical reason to rule something out. I know I have had I want to say 6 this pregnancy. Granted it is my first and I've had some medical issues, but they mainly do them only before the 20wks if they cant find a heartbeat or what not. That was why I had my first u/s done because we were unable to find ds's heartbeat. But I know otherwise the dr's here wont do an u/s until 20wks, unless they feel there is a medical reason to do one before.