You don't need an ultrasound to determine if baby is breech, a midwife should be able to locate the head by feeling. And HCG levels are a good measure of "normal" pregnancy. There are also other ways to determine twin pregnancies. That is what they mean by unnecessary exposure.
I think people have taken offence when none was intended.
People are saying they had a scan because they didn't know when their period was, or their hcg wasn't compatible with dates. In the OP, I asked why have a dating scan if you know your exact dates, not why did you have a scan if you don't know how far you were.
Anyway, so some people have dating scans for peace of mind, or for problems with previous pregnancies, so now I "understand"
Last edited by BigRedV; 02-08-2012 at 19:27.
I had a dating scan because I needed to see the bubba to actually believe I was pregnant. In saying that too, I found out at the 'dating' scan that I had internal bleeding. If I didn't have the scan I would have continued playing sport and my baby (due in sep) would probably have been lost... So it's lucky that I did!
Mine was a peace of mind thing. I was anxious due to my prev miscarriages and seeing that heartbeat really relaxed me. I knew my dates but my GP was happy to refer me. I did skip the NT scan though as we agreed we wouldn't terminate either way.
In the case of blighted ovum, I understand the hcg contiue to rise with no baby in sac
This reminds me of when someone posted on here about a correlation between ultrasounds and left-handedness. Lol. It must be why my little dude is left-handed...
Chocolate All Gone Now (03-08-2012)
I don't know that hcg levels are that accurate, mine were almost double.
*sorry about the pre mod post, over sensitivephone*
Last edited by wigglemay; 02-08-2012 at 20:22.
first pregnancy... miscarriage, took it's natural course, got pregnant again straight away so no idea when i ovulated
2nd pregnancy after having implanon out so first cycle (ovulated like day 21 or something)
Also had it so that dates were accurate as this can impact on needing 2nd c-section... eg if OB only lets you go 7 days over for Vbac and you are a week different in your dates you want ot be sure
Molar pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, blighted ovum, etc. They can not be identified by "touch" or hcg levels. The levels will still go up, even though the pregnancy will eventually no longer be viable. Yet by that time, it can have caused severe damaged to the mothers reproductive organs.
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