The recommended number of ultrasound examinations during pregnancy
Ultrasound examination allows the doctor to obtain the most complete picture of how well the pregnancy of the patient. This diagnosis became widely known relatively recently, and then immediately became incredibly popular. The method of ultrasonography is not only supporters, but also opponents who argue that radiation can have a very negative impact on the health of the patient.
To date, there have been many studies in which scientists were able to prove that ultrasound, used to diagnose, virtually harmless. However, experts believe that unless absolutely necessary do an ultrasound is not necessary, especially when we are talking about examination of the pregnant woman.
According to the official documentation, and orders of the Ministry of health of the Russian Federation to do an ultrasound for the entire pregnancy it takes exactly 3 times. If necessary, the doctor may increase the amount of research, but without the need to undergo ultrasound screening is still not recommended.
If a woman very much want to get an ultrasound, and as often happens when the planned study was not determined by the sex of the baby, then she can do it on a paid basis. Anything terrible does not happen, if it would only be the exception to the rule. But it is important to understand that without any need to do it all not worth it.
The timing of ultrasound
A planned ultrasound study of the pregnant doctors carried out once a trimester. The first ultrasound is at 10-12 weeks of pregnancy, the second study at 16-20 weeks of gestation, third in 30-34 week. This means that a woman should be diagnosed within a specified time interval. To more accurately recommend the time of the ultrasound can be a doctor.
In case of any suspicion of an ectopic pregnancy or other pathology GYN sends the woman for an ultrasound, regardless of the accepted schedule of passing of research.
Typically, the ultrasound is administered in the beginning of pregnancy and at the end. Ultrasound examination carried out just before birth, is necessary in order that the doctor could determine whether it is possible in this case, vaginal birth, or the patient is required to do a cesarean section. If throughout the pregnancy, such issues do not arise, then this test is not necessary.