How many sonograms are you supposed to receive during your pregnancy

I receive my first sonogram at 18 weeks and was told I will not receive another knowing that the baby is okay. Is that true??

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    4Katie
    Only one ultrasound is necessary during a routine healthy pregnancy. Some doctor will do an early dating ultrasound and some doctor will do a late term ultrasound if they are not sure of the baby's position.

    Additional ultrasounds are only supposed to be done if there is a medical indication for one. Ultrasounds potentially have risks, just like every medical procedure and they should only be done when necessary.
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    08/11/14
    4Katie
    As long as you are measuring fine and the baby's heart beat sounds normal they assume the baby is developing right on track. The 18-22 week ultrasound will alert them to any developmental or structural problems. As long as everything is normal at that point it is not common for something to go wrong after that. Try to rest assured that everything is going as it should.
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      08/11/14
      I had a second one only because I changed doctors a few days before my due date and the old doctor refused to release my medical records. And my measurements were off. The second ultra sound was pretty uncomfortable for me and if there wasn't a valid reason why they needed to do it I would have requested them not too.
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        08/11/14
        Melissa Middleton
        It depends on whether your pregnancy is a high risk one, you have health problems, your unborn child showed signs of a medical condition, or gestational diabetes during your pregnancy--other factors for needing more than one will come into play if you are required more than one. I had gestational diabetes with my son so I had about 5 sonograms.
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          08/11/14
          Yes, it's pretty typical. The only times I have had more is medical concerns, or if they can't find the heartbeat, my son loved to hide from the handheld heart monitor so we had to do a lot of ultrasounds with him.
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            08/11/14
            I think it depends on what doctor you go to... My ob gave them most visits, but I know some only do one or two. If you're not high risk for anything, then I imagine one would be perfectly fine.
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            08/11/14
            I would ask your doctor then. My pregnancy with my son was a high risk, they did 4 with him.
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            08/11/14
            4Katie
            It really depends on the reason you are high risk.
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              08/11/14
              18 weeks is a normal time for a sono since they should be able to determine sex if you want to know and can make sure baby is growing properly. Some doctors(mine did) will do one early in the pregnancy just to make sure the info given matches the growth of the baby. Some, as mine did will also check late in the pregnancy just to check on growth, i had a sono at 11 weeks, which was my 2nd appt, about 16 weeks, again at 37 weeks. I probably wouldn't have had the last one except I was measuring small. Generally if mesaurements and other tests are normal additional ultrasounds aren't necessary.
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