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Trying again - BR: Is this normal?

I am going in for my 12 week appt this Friday.  I had one previous ultrasound at my 8 week appt.

I called my doctor's office and asked if there would be an ultrasound this Friday (so I know whether to bring DH or not). They said no.

The people who answer the phone at my OB's office aren't always 100% accurate (so I've found out).  Does this sound normal, no ultrasound at the 12 week appt?  What if something's wrong, like there's been a missed miscarraige...how would they know?

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Re: Trying again - BR: Is this normal?

  • Sounds totally normal.  At 12 weeks gestation it shouldn't be too hard to hear the baby on doppler, and that is what they will do!  Unless you are having an NT scan you probably won't have another ultrasound until 20ish weeks.
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  • I think experiences vary.  I had only three 'real' ultrasounds - like go to the center/hospital, have them read by an MFM, etc.  They were the NT Scan at 13-some weeks (have they talked to you about this testing?), the Anatomy Scan at ~20 weeks and then an extra one towards the end, say 32 weeks or so to check growth/weight.

    However, my OB also has a machine in her office so I got a "peek" nearly ever appointment, incl. the initial 'viability check' which was done there.

    I had to get an Rx/referral to go for the 'big' ones but the other checks were done in her office.

    So, long way of saying that it sounds like you don't have a 'big' one scheduled yet which seems right for 12 weeks, but maybe they'll check in the office?  If not, I am sure they'll listen for the HB with the doppler and that's how they'll know how things are going in there :)

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    I am going in for my 12 week appt this Friday.  I had one previous ultrasound at my 8 week appt.

    I called my doctor's office and asked if there would be an ultrasound this Friday (so I know whether to bring DH or not). They said no.

    The people who answer the phone at my OB's office aren't always 100% accurate (so I've found out).  Does this sound normal, no ultrasound at the 12 week appt?  What if something's wrong, like there's been a missed miscarraige...how would they know?

    Yeah, totally normal if you have no history of a miscarriage and you're not high risk. I haven't had a single U/S yet and won't until 20 weeks. I'm sure you'll be able to make an appointment for your NT scan, though. :-)

    And, you'll probably be able to hear the baby's heartbeat so that will assure you everything is okay. :-)

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  • They'll do a check for the heartbeat.  I had an ultrasound at 12 weeks, but I didn't have one at 8.  Every doctor is different.  Some only do one at around 20 weeks.
  • Yep, totally normal like the other girls said... but they should use the doppler to find the heartbeat for you.  :) 

    You should have been offered an n/t scan which is done between 11-14 weeks, and if you weren't you should talk to your doctor about that to decide if you'd like to have it done.  You do get an u/s with that.

    I had 1 u/s at 8 weeks with this baby/ 10 weeks with Natalie, n/t scan done at 13 weeks for both, and anatomy scan done at 20 weeks for both. 

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  • Sounds normal to me. I didn't have one at my MD around 12 weeks. I did have my NT scan x3 (uncooperative baby) done at the hospital around that time. Lots of MD offices only have 1 ultrasound, at 20 weeks, unless there are other concerns (I ended up with 8-9 ultrasounds during my pregnancy with LO, but that is not normal. I had an uncooperative baby, and issues).

    I know it is so easy to worry about something happening, and that doesn't really get much better, but if you aren't having any issues (bleeding, high bp, cramping, etc.) you are most likely fine. I don't necessarily think you're MD would miss it at your appointment, if something had happened.

    Try to relax and not stress about it too much. Left Hug

  • It depends. I had one at my first ob appointment since she could not find the heartbeat (10 week appointment). Was a little early for Doppler.  

  • Even with a miscarriage, I still only had the 20w u/s with Cori. By 12w they should be able to hear the heart, and it's great to look forward to that at every appointment.
  • Sounds typical to me. I had one u/s at 7 weeks because of spotting and the prior miscarriage and then we didn't have another until I was 19 weeks. My doctor didn't try to hear the heartbeat at 12 weeks though, she starts doing that at 13 weeks.
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  • Thanks ladies!

    I haven't heard anything about the n/t scan, so I'll be sure to ask about that on Friday.  I guess I"ll go ahead and bring DH because I know he'll want to hear the h/b if he can.

    And I know I should stress so much (thanks for the hug, dill!) but it seems pregnancy has turned me into a nut.

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  • My u/s were always separate appts from my OB visits.  I had one at 12 wk, 20 wk, and then a couple after that.  
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