Number of Ultrasounds

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Number of Ultrasounds

Postby lmtc430 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:20 pm

I am just curious to hear from other multiple moms about the number of ultrasounds they had throughout pregnancy. I figured since I was having twins, I would see the doctor more and get way more scans than I have. I had one early ultrasound at 6 weeks to confirm pregnancy with my RE and then one at 11 weeks to confirm twin pregnancy with my OB. I don't get my next scan until 20-22 weeks. I see my OB every 4 weeks at this point.

I am super bummed because everyone I talk with, singleton to twin moms, are getting way more scans. I know that for most healthy pregnancies, the number of ultrasounds is actually quite low. I am lucky in I have had a very smooth pregnancy and hardly any annoying symptoms. And of course I read through forums and see all these twin moms seeing perinatologists and being considered high risk and irrationally, I feel like I should be getting more done. I guess I need to realize I don't have anything in my history to suggest needing more appointments or ultrasounds. Sure, took me a long time to get pregnant but no specific issues related to carrying a baby or with my reproductive organs.

I think I am just super anxious to find out genders and wishing it could be sooner than later and of course hoping the babies are doing ok since I haven't seen them in a long time!
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Re: Number of Ultrasounds

Postby s4mm13 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:55 am

for most standard pregnancies, here in the UK at least, women get 2 scans; One at 12 weeks and one at 20.

You would only get extra scans if you're considered to be high risk.

Although you are carrying twins, if there is no concern you probably wont get an awful lot more scans, just more frequent appointments the farther along you get into the pregnancy.

Unfortunately I'm considered a high risk pregnancy and have had scans every 4 weeks since around 8 weeks or so. While it's good to keep a check on baby, it does make the whole experience very medicalised and can actually increase anxiety to a certain degree.

I hope that things continue to go well for you, but if you have concerns about the frequency of care you're receiving I would strongly suggest that you talk openly with your doctor about it.
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Re: Number of Ultrasounds

Postby lmtc430 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:21 am

Thank you for the reply! I just need to realize there is no reason I need more scans or need more appointments. I am extremely blessed this twin pregnancy is going so well thus far! My doctor more or less confirmed that for me today and that I don't need any more attention at this point.
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Re: Number of Ultrasounds

Postby shellsbellsxx » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:11 am

In the UK a twin pregnancy is treated as a normal pregnancy until 20 weeks. Then if it's di/di twins you will have a scan every 4 weeks from 20 weeks if it's mo/di it should be every 2 from 20 weeks! I saw my OB at 9 weeks then didn't see then again until 27 weeks. Nothing can (or will) be done to save a pregnancy before 24 weeks hence why they are hands off until then x
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Re: Number of Ultrasounds

Postby Meggie83 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:41 am

I am also expecting twins and my OB has been very hands off up until this point. I had an US at 10 weeks ( only to confirm suspected twins because I was measuring large and my doc heard 2 fetal heart on the Doppler). Then I had the standard 12 and 20 week US's. As they are Di/Di, I will now be getting scans every 4 weeks. As shellbells pointed out, most docs are pretty hands off until babes enter the stage when they are become viable.
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Re: Number of Ultrasounds

Postby lmtc430 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:45 pm

Thanks ladies, totally makes sense. I a lot of the women I have been keeping up with have had complications before or previous histories that necessitate more scans and visits and I just need to realize everything is normal for me and no reason to be seen more often. Besides, I am plenty ok with the number of doctor's visits I have had these past 3 years to get pregnant!!!!!
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