I made an appointment today for my anatomy scan next week. The prep to insure a full bladder involves drinking 32 ounces of water between 9 and 930, stopping drinking at 930, then not using the bathroom until after my 45 minute appointment that starts at 1030. I don't know if I just have a tiny bladder or what, but I drank around that amount this morning at breakfast (RRL tea and water) and used the bathroom 3 times in the next hour and 15 minutes or so (not quite hour and a half). Do they really expect pregnant ladies to keep 32 ounces of water in for over 2 hours? Or am I just a weirdo? We'll see what happens, but if I have to pee, I'm gonna pee so they'll get what the get bladder-wise...
20 week anatomy scan prep rant
This is for the ultrasound? I just had mine on Friday and I didn't have to do anything like that. I have had to in the past when I was much less pregnant, but I'm surprised they're having you do that for the 20week... Really, you can only do what you can do. I would say, don't drink tea or any other diuretic-- maybe just sticking to water would help? Good luck!
They made me do it with my second and I was even further along than that and yeah, they want you to NOT pee. If all places don't require it then it's probably not a necessity, though, so I would just drink as much as possible in the hour before the appt. and try to hold it until it was over. It feels terrible to hold it in that long and they were lucky I didn't sneeze and flood their waiting room! lol
I just scheduled mine and they requested a half-full bladder? I almost laughed. Because I can totally stop my bladder at half-full!!
I will probably just drink as normal and then not pee right before the appointment. I always have to pee anyway. I do agree with PP though, definitely avoid the tea, that stuff makes me pee like crazy.
The only time I've ever been told to have a full bladder for an u/s is when I had to have a transabdominal u/s early in pregnancy. Usually, they'll do a vaginal u/s at that time, but it was at a hospital that didn't have that "capability". The full bladder helps the u/s to "see" because it lifts up the uterus and provides a fluid "window" to transduce the soundwaves through (since there's not much amniotic fluid then). I don't understand why you'd need a full bladder at mid-pregnancy? I always have to pee in a cup first thing upon entering my midwives' office... I'll have my 6th mid-pregnancy ultrasound next month and I've never had to do that... And, to be honest, I really don't think I could keep that much water for that long, plus with the prodding of the u/s transducer...??? Good luck!!!!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is pretty ridiculous. I will hold off on the tea that morning, and I'll keep down as much water as I can. I'm just remembering the horror that was my first ultrasound with my previous pregnancy. It was earlier (12 weeks I think?) and the midwife couldn't find a heartbeat with a doppler so I was sent for an ultrasound to make sure everything was ok. If I remember correctly, I had to drink even more than 32 ounces (though maybe it was just 32, it seemed like a lot) and I was in agony the entire hour before the u/s, then my bladder was in the way and I had to empty it before the scan anyway. I had two later ultrasounds later in that pregnancy and they got what they got but it never seemed to be an actual problem in seeing anything (though the woman doing my anatomy scan then did complain that my bladder wasn't full and I made something up about how it was hot out so maybe I was sweating more...). If not all places have these requirements for ultrasounds, I'm wondering why they would put a pregnant woman through retaining so much urine which could potentially lead to a UTI.
We discussed this recently on the 30's thread. Apparently it's an outdated practice and most hospitals don't require it anymore. My scan is this afternoon, and they did tell me to drink 32 oz. an hour before coming in. Not going to happen. It usually takes me a full afternoon to drink that much. I didn't have to do this for my 12 week scan, and they didn't have any problems seeing what they needed to see.
That's strange - I had my anatomy scan right before my regular monthly appointment, so I went with a full enough bladder to give a urine sample for the appointment - the ultrasound tech made me go to the bathroom halfway through the scan cuz she couldn't get a good look at baby's spine with my bladder in the way. Weird. I wish there was more consistency in prenatal care!
I just had my anatomy scan at 18 weeks and they actually asked me to use the bathroom before the scan. Early in the pregnancy, I had an NT scan, and I needed to have some urine in my bladder.
I would ask them to explain why you need a full bladder. I don't think that's the standard anymore for anatomy scans.
My last pregnancy there wasn't anything about having a full bladder for the 20-week scan, but then this time it asked me not to use the bathroom the last 45 minutes before the appointment. Then, about halfway through the ultrasound she wasn't getting the angle she needed for some of the measurements so she sent me to the bathroom to encourage baby into a different position, which worked. Maybe that's why?
For this pregnancy, the place I went said 24oz. With my other pregnancies, it was 32oz. It's miserable. Absolutely miserable. And when you go pee after your ultrasound, its actually hard to start, hurts at first, seems like it may never end... lol
Fortunately, the tech this time took about 10 quick pictures, let me go pee and then continued on with measuring and all that kind of stuff. I'm betting they're never know if you cut it down to around 24oz instead of 32oz. Also, if you're very uncomfortable when you get in there, ask them if you can go pee half way through.
I have my 20 week ultrasound tomorrow! So excited! I'll be 21w1d. The letter I got said to not use the washroom 1hr before appt, no idication of how much to drink or not. So i'll pee before we leave the house and than hopefully hold it till the appt time. Gawd that's gonna be hard! And the only other prep instructions was to not wear perfume??!
You know, I had a scan right at 4wks in this pg because I was having horrible pain in my ovary area. They had me drink as much as possible on the way to the hospital for the transvaginal u/s but after she did that one she had me pee before they did the abdominal one. When she tried to do the abdominal with my bladder full she couldn't see anything. They weren't looking at the baby but they were checking out my uterus (they feared ectopic) so I would think it would be similar to looking for/at the baby. Weird. All these stories are so inconsistent lol
Had mine yesterday. She took some quick pictures with my full bladder and then sent me to empty it before the rest of the photos. The whole thing was a bit disappointing. The tech didn't say anything one way or the other, got frustrated that the baby was moving around so much then accused me of drinking too much coffee (when it was just steamed milk in my coffee cup), and only brought my hubby in for the last 5 minutes. Then, we couldn't tell the gender the way his/her legs were crossed. :(
Sorry to hear about your ultrasound PrincessSputnik. Our ultrasound tech was very nice, but it was her very first time doing an ultrasound alone. My 3.5 year old daughter wanted to come by me and see the baby on the screen soooo bad, but the tech made my husband and two children stay back sitting in some chairs the whole time. It was very frustrating and my daughter was so disappointed. We got some crappy pictures to go with that, at least one was good enough and we printed out another at home and made frames for it that the kids decorated for their rooms.
We were wavering on whether we were going to have an ultrasound or not in the first place, but our experience makes me want to have another one at a different place, for the kids. Not a very good reason, but I feel sad about it.