Should I ask for an Ultrasound? Catherine Marquis Due March 10 (twins); 1 child; 2 angel babies; Maine 10 posts
Sep 17th '13

I am 15 weeks pregnant with twins and considered very high risk pregnancy. I just had an OB/GYN appointment today but wasn't with an actual doctor but a respected liked NP who is part of the Midwife services in the office. I had to go a month ago for a sonogram and genetics counseling for this pregnancy (at week 13) and the recommendation from him was an ultrasound once a month. I am scheduled to head back to this specialist at week 20 for another detailed sonogram which would make it about 2 months since my last ultrasound.

I am just wondering if I am being selfish in wanting to ask for an ultrasound next week when I have to go in for a follow up blood workup for genetic testing or if I should just wait until I go to the specialist in late October. I did ask the NP today and she didn't reference the specialist recommendation for once a month scans and said they wouldn't start that until about week 20. I am just curious on what the gender of the babies are since they are twins and just not wanting to wait until late October which is why I am asking if I should wait or ask for one next week.

lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4500 posts
Sep 17th '13

I would just wait, personally.

Good Queen Bess Due December 27; 2 kids; Ontario 49394 posts
status Sep 17th '13

So, you aren't concerned about the health of your babies, you just want to know their sex?

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6871 posts
Sep 17th '13

I'm high risk during pregnancy and I normally have an U/S done every week to 2 weeks depending on what's going on. I don't know if they'd do one just because, but if you gave them a reason, depending on the dr, they might be willing to work with you.

It also probably depends what exactly is making you high risk.

S & S +1 1 child; 1 angel baby; Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada 372 posts
Sep 17th '13

I only got an ultrasound because I was cramping (5 weeks), a dating ultrasound (8 weeks 4 days), and the anatomy scan (21 weeks 4 days). After that I've been told that unless there are signs of stillbirth or distress, they won't do another ultrasound in this entire pregnancy and I'm high-risk too.

So be thankful imo and wait.

Allons-y Due January 29 (girl); 2 kids; Utah 2318 posts
Sep 17th '13

I'm high risk and get an ultrasound every two weeks. If they told you to get one every month it wouldn't hurt to ask at your next appointment. If your dr doesn't think you need one you wouldn't necessarily need to push it but it never hurts to bring it up.

Catherine Marquis Due March 10 (twins); 1 child; 2 angel babies; Maine 10 posts
Sep 17th '13

I am always worried about the health of the babies. I was pregnant back in January and was 13 weeks when we lost the baby. Went in for the sonogram and discovered the baby had no heartbeat. So after that and a previous miscarriage the health of the baby is always a concern.

I am considered high risk because of my age being 38, pregnant with twins the previous miscarriages and am also newly diabetic. Which we didn't find out until we lost the previous baby in January. The think it was due to the undiagnosed diabetes that caused the baby to die. I did hear the heartbeats today but I heard the heartbeat last time only to be heartbroken. I am trying not to stress so much this time around but just worried about the lapse in a scan between week 13 and week 20 yes it isn't a long break but with all of my complications it seems like a lifetime to me.

Catherine Marquis Due March 10 (twins); 1 child; 2 angel babies; Maine 10 posts
Sep 17th '13

I also had a light hemorrhage at week 6 of this pregnancy which eventually did stop around week 12. I went in for an ultrasound when I started bleeding and they found it near baby A.

r a b b i t ™ Bandle City, US, United States 27557 posts
Sep 17th '13

I was extremely high risk but didn't start getting weekly scans until 32 weeks because my risk factors were more for the third trimester. It wouldn't hurt to ask, but they might not start weekly scans (if it's recommended) until later on in your pregnancy.

FertileMyrtle5 5 kids; Mayberry, IN, United States 368 posts
Sep 18th '13

I am expecting twin boys in November and am not considered high risk. I've had a very healthy twin pregnancy but my doctor still has me have an ultrasound every 4 weeks. It's very important to make sure they are growing accordingly to their gestation. Especially if they aren't Di/di because of the risk of TTTS. Luckily, my boys are di/di and have their own placentas so this is also not an issue for me or them. Honestly, I would be concerned as to why they don't feel it's necessary. Twin pregnancies are much different than singleton pregnancies so I would be weary of a doctor who didn't take it as serious as it should be.