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Old 12-05-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Should we do the anatomy scan?

I wasn't thrilled with my experience the last time around having an anatomy scan. This time my doctor made it sound very optional and put the order in for it saying I can decide for myself whether or not to schedule it. I just assumed it had to be done, but having the doctor say I could skip it made me wonder about the positives and negatives.

Have others decided to skip the anatomy scan?

I've had a couple of ultrasounds already (including at 13 weeks) when my severe nausea landed me in the ER. So I've already seen the baby bouncing around.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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Re: Should we do the anatomy scan?

Yes, you should. Or at the very least go and have them look at the heart, kidneys, and liver. I didn't have any ultrasounds with my DD, our midwives didn't require it and we didn't think it was necessary. This time my care provider required the anatomy scan and I am beyond thankful for that. They found a heart defect and if we hadn't know about it in advance it could have been very bad for my baby. I'll never skip the anatomy scan again, it's not worth the risk. It's painless and mostly quick, have it done mama. It's better safe than sorry.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:00 PM   #3
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Re: Should we do the anatomy scan?

I opt out of most tests other than this one. It is none invasive and it would be nice to be prepared if there were some issue. That way you aren't blindsided when you give birth and you can find specialists before hand if needed.

A friend on mines sister had a baby that had a heart defect they found then. She was able to get a surgeon of her choosing at the birth to evaluate him and provide care. She said it was a lot less stressful because she was prepared and was comfortable with the doctor.
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Based on the high rate of false diagnoses in addition to the risk of ultrasound itself (especially when you have already had several) I, personally, would decline. If you are planning a home birth, there are very few things that you have to worry about that would need immediate medical attention. If you are birthing in a hospital, then I assume that would bring a measure of security that would cause you to worry even less. I have seen too many friends/family stress and worry about false diagnoses of heart or kidney defects, supposed "complete" placenta previa, etc - only to have a perfectly normal delivery and a totally healthy babe. We are declining any further ultrasounds during this pregnancy and will do so with future children, barring trauma like a car accident or excessive bleeding or something equally terrible.

I have a TON of research compiled on ultrasound, some of which are statistics on false diagnoses. If you'd be interested in seeing it, I'd be happy to email you the word document. Just pm me!

ETA: ultrasound is NOT non-invasive. During an ultrasound, baby is exposed to non-ionized radiation, heat, and excessively loud noise. That is why you hear so often of babies "hiding" from ultrasounds - they are trying to escape the pain! Ultrasound on a baby can cause cavitation, sinistrality, IUGR, and preterm labor, among MANY other things. The same ultrasound used on babies is used to dissolve kidney stones and the same exposure to a man's testicles can sterilize him for six months or more. What is that power doing to your baby? Not worth the risk IMO.

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #5
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They check so much so I say 'do it'. They look at all the organs, the cord, measure the baby, check for cleft lip/palate, check the placenta postion, that I can remember-and Im sure Ive left something out.
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Re: Should we do the anatomy scan?

I would do it.

I decline most testing, but if there's anything that may require special attention - heart defect, etc - it's nice to know so that you and your provider can be prepared once the baby is born.

If you're planning on being in a hospital with a good NICU, it's not AS important, but again, being prepared is nice.

we never think it'll be our babies that are born with defects, but it happens.
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Re: Should we do the anatomy scan?

It is one test I won't skip. I just got the news that my in utero son has 2 dilated kidneys 22 weeks, which may or not be serious. I have to have follow up scans to confirm or deny. If it is serious, and not caught, he could have severe issues after birth with urine output. Not worth risking it, and I am a homebirthing Mama when it permits.
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Based on the high rate of false diagnoses in addition to the risk of ultrasound itself (especially when you have already had several) I, personally, would decline. If you are planning a home birth, there are very few things that you have to worry about that would need immediate medical attention. If you are birthing in a hospital, then I assume that would bring a measure of security that would cause you to worry even less. I have seen too many friends/family stress and worry about false diagnoses of heart or kidney defects, supposed "complete" placenta previa, etc - only to have a perfectly normal delivery and a totally healthy babe. We are declining any further ultrasounds during this pregnancy and will do so with future children, barring trauma like a car accident or excessive bleeding or something equally terrible.

I have a TON of research compiled on ultrasound, some of which are statistics on false diagnoses. If you'd be interested in seeing it, I'd be happy to email you the word document. Just pm me!

ETA: ultrasound is NOT non-invasive. During an ultrasound, baby is exposed to non-ionized radiation, heat, and excessively loud noise. That is why you hear so often of babies "hiding" from ultrasounds - they are trying to escape the pain! Ultrasound on a baby can cause cavitation, sinistrality, IUGR, and preterm labor, among MANY other things. The same ultrasound used on babies is used to dissolve kidney stones and the same exposure to a man's testicles can sterilize him for six months or more. What is that power doing to your baby? Not worth the risk IMO.
Here an honest question, why don't I feel pain while getting an ultrasound? I had a gallbladder ultrasound and it wasn't painful.
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Here an honest question, why don't I feel pain while getting an ultrasound? I had a gallbladder ultrasound and it wasn't painful.
Because relative to your size and weight, the ultrasound is not that powerful. If the power of the ultrasound was proportionate to your body as it is a fetus and encompassed your entire body for several minutes, I would imagine you would feel pain. Pain reactions have been recorded in babies who have undergone ultrasound in utero.
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Because relative to your size and weight, the ultrasound is not that powerful. If the power of the ultrasound was proportionate to your body as it is a fetus and encompassed your entire body for several minutes, I would imagine you would feel pain. Pain reactions have been recorded in babies who have undergone ultrasound in utero.
I'm totally not saying you are 'making it up' do you have links? I want to learn more.
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