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One Hour Anatomy Scan? Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
7th Jan '13

I'm 21 weeks 6 days and today is my anatomy scan.
I had an anatomy scan with my now two year old at 20 weeks 2 days and it was 5 minutes tops.
I am hearing of friends of mine who are having a one hour scan and I wants one.
Is it something only done for high risk pregnancies? Can I ask for one?

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7881 posts
7th Jan '13

Honestly.........Why would you want one?



When I got to a certain point, ultrasounds hurt. She would press on my hip bones, my ovaries, everything...And it was quite painful.

Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
7th Jan '13
Quoting Tiger Lily ♥:" Honestly.........Why would you want one? When I got to a certain point, ultrasounds hurt. She would press on my hip bones, my ovaries, everything...And it was quite painful."



I lost my first baby in the second trimester and I wanna be sure everything is ok.
How far along were you when they hurt?
The last one I had with my two year old was 3D/4d Ultrasound at 28 weeks 2 days and it didn't hurt too bad. but I didn't have another for the duration of the pregnancy.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
7th Jan '13

The anatomy scan should never take 5 minutes. There is way to much stuff to check. They usually last around 20-40 minutes (sometimes longer) depending on how the baby is cooperating. They have to check all the measurements, check the heart, blood flow, all the valves, the kidneys, the brain, the cord, the sex if you ask.

Mandy and her girls!~ 3 kids; Illinois 10851 posts
7th Jan '13

Yes I had a long one this last pregnancy. It was to check to make sure everything looked good on baby like the heart, and spine and things like that. Plus the gender of course. I think all 3 of children's gender one was long but I can't quite remember for sure.

NatashaHarper Due February 16 (girl); 1 child; Guildford, United Kingdom 687 posts
7th Jan '13

mine was 45 minutes... they need to check everything in detail, no way could that be done in 5 minutes!

Mr's&Family* 2 kids; Arizona 3702 posts
7th Jan '13

Your insurance most likely won't pay for a one hour scan & your doctors office (or where ever you go for your ultrasounds) probably won't book out a one hour spot for an ultrasound. I'm high risk and the scans I get are only 10-30 minutes tops. It all depends on what my doctor wants looked at. I have a feeling your friend might be lying to you.



You can pay for an ultrasound out of pocket and maybe ask for an hour. I doubt anyone would do it though. There's really no point to even have a lot of ultrasounds done (especially lengthy ones) unless there is something wrong.



The 4D place I go to (& pay out of pocket for) do 45 minute ultrasounds.




Oh & my anatomy scan only lasted about 40 minutes because DS wouldn't cooperate for the tech. I don't see how one could last an hour.

Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
7th Jan '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" The anatomy scan should never take 5 minutes. There is way to much stuff to check. They usually last ... [snip!] ... check all the measurements, check the heart, blood flow, all the valves, the kidneys, the brain, the cord, the sex if you ask. "


Rea



lly? :O
Makes sense. Maybe it was 15 minutes or so? It was some time ago. I know it was for sure not an hour though.
I'll be asking my OB all sorts of questions today that I never thought of with my two year old DD.

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7881 posts
7th Jan '13
Quoting Two Princesses:" I lost my first baby in the second trimester and I wanna be sure everything is ok. How far along were ... [snip!] ... 3D/4d Ultrasound at 28 weeks 2 days and it didn't hurt too bad. but I didn't have another for the duration of the pregnancy."


Ohh. I thought you meant you just wanted one for the hell of it. Hah. I had my first at 20 weeks and then....I had one at 36 weeks and another at 36 weeks and 5 days. The one at 36 weeks was the most painful for me. I honestly felt like she was stabbing through my uterus.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
7th Jan '13
Quoting Two Princesses:" Rea lly? :O Makes sense. Maybe it was 15 minutes or so? It was some time ago. I know it was for sure ... [snip!] ... for sure not an hour though. I'll be asking my OB all sorts of questions today that I never thought of with my two year old DD."

With my second my first anatomy scan was an hour because they were having issues checking the heart chambers. They finally called it a day and had me come back in a few weeks. There really isn't a set time just once they check everything they need to check.

izzy+Ethan 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 4056 posts
7th Jan '13

mine was like an hour and 15 mins long cause of the umbilical cord and the problems ...i fell asleep during it and every month i have to have ultrasound that are about 30 mins long to check for growth

Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
7th Jan '13
Quoting Mr's&Family*:" Your insurance most likely won't pay for a one hour scan & your doctors office (or where ever you go ... [snip!] ... my anatomy scan only lasted about 40 minutes because DS wouldn't cooperate for the tech. I don't see how one can last an hour."


Oh that makes a lot of sense.
Don't think she's lying, cuz I did just see her ultrasound picture. Maybe that's just what her oB calls it because it can, but usually doesn't take up to an hour? Hmm.
Yeah thinking back I'm sure it was more than 5 minutes, but I don't think it was any longer than 15 20 minutes or so. She was coopertave with gender and I guess he saw all that he needed to see.
Can't wait for 3:30 PST to come so I can see my baby and ask all the questions I never thought of two a few years ago.

lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA* 21 kids; Sherwood, Arkansas 17987 posts
7th Jan '13

My pregnancy is normal (not high risk) and my Anatomy scan took about an hour. It was last Thursday and the US tech had no problem getting the pics really but it took FOREVER to get all of them. and she kept double checking the sex (we are so sure its a girl) my insurance is medicaid and I really doubt it matters what insurance you have. Just ask them how long it normally takes for the scan before they start. and if they are checking for everything it will take some time. especially if baby is moving too much or in a weird position.

Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
7th Jan '13
Quoting Tiger Lily ♥:" Ohh. I thought you meant you just wanted one for the hell of it. Hah. I had my first at 20 weeks and ... [snip!] ... 36 weeks and 5 days. The one at 36 weeks was the most painful for me. I honestly felt like she was stabbing through my uterus."


lol no I'm just paranoid. Especially since my fiance's brother's baby had problems in the womb. So far our daughter has past ultrasound and blood test inspection with flying colors. but I really won't feel completely anxiety free until I deliver.
Ow. I can see how 36 weeks could be painful. By 34 weeks with DD everything hurt. Even moving. She liked to press her butt firmly into what felt like my rib cage lol.

Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
7th Jan '13
Quoting lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA*:" My pregnancy is normal (not high risk) and my Anatomy scan took about an hour. It was last Thursday and ... [snip!] ... and if they are checking for everything it will take some time. especially if baby is moving too much or in a weird position."



Oh ok thank you. Gonna try and get a pic to post in our due date thread, but last time my OB was like... "She's too big to get all of her in the pic so here's the head. It looked weird TBH lol.
I am just sitting here wishing the time would fly faster.