And apparently they don't let you hear the heartbeat anymore... When she first went for it and I didn't hear or see it, I almost had a heart attack. Then she said it was 150bpm. I told her she should have warned me because I almost died.
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Appointment Results/Updates - Page 29post #561 of 6854/19/13 at 12:47pmpost #562 of 6854/19/13 at 4:30pm
That's odd they wouldn't let you hear the heartbeat. Maybe no speakers or something?
rrs-This is your 4th, right? My 4th pregnancy was so stinking difficult. I had all sorts of issues that I had never had with the other ones. I kind of blamed in on the baby being a boy, after having the 3 girls...but now after talking to other mamas, there seems to be something "special" about 4th pregnancies that makes them higher maintenance than earlier ones...lol. Hang in there-you've just got to make it to the end of summer!
I go for the anatomy scan Monday, but it's rather anti-climatic, as we already know it's a girl. Then again, I had a dream at the big u/s they discovered baby was a boy, and I received a $75 gift certificate to a baby store because the free-standing ultrasound place was wrong; which, they actually do if they guess the wrong gender.post #563 of 6854/19/13 at 5:07pmpost #564 of 6854/19/13 at 5:14pmpost #565 of 6854/19/13 at 5:30pmpost #566 of 6854/19/13 at 8:02pmQuote:
rrs - Sorry to hear you had a crappy appointment, I hope some of the things your midwives suggested will help. Just curious... did you have to ask about the cervical length and placenta or are these things that they commonly check for without needing to be mentioned?Quote:
Oh my CDsMom1031 - I would have freaked too! It's so lame they didn't warn you!! Is this pretty common with those of you that have had the anatomy scan? I want to be prepared for this if so...post #567 of 6854/19/13 at 8:19pmpost #568 of 6854/19/13 at 10:09pmpost #569 of 6854/20/13 at 6:33amWe have our big ultrasound this morning. I woke up at 4 to pee and haven't been able to go back to sleep I'm so excited/apprehensive. I just hope it goes well and the baby is ok. I worked as a chaplain in a level 1 nicu, so I've seen a lot that is hard to forget.
On another note,I re-read the pre-appointment instructions. I don't have to drink nearly as much water as i thought!
Thanks for the heads up that i might not hear the heart beat. That would have scared me too.post #570 of 6854/20/13 at 6:38ampost #571 of 6854/20/13 at 3:48pmThanks it went pretty well, although slightly uncomfortable because i had to um go to the bathroom... The ultrasound tech couldn't get the ideal heart picture so i might have to redo that part. The baby kept kicking the transducer which I found amusing, but likely made measuring the leg tougher! On Monday i meet one of the midwives who will tell us the results.post #572 of 6854/23/13 at 5:35amI had my 20 week and ultrasound yesterday. It wasn't a great experience.
1). I have complete placenta previa. The CNM thought it was partial, but the OB looked at my scans after and I got a call saying no sex, no heavy lifting, and call immediately with any bleeding. I have to go back at week 28 to see if it has moved. Apparently 90% do, and I really hope I'm in that group as I REALLY don't want a c-section. Unfortunately, I have to see an OB that week, and it's the week I'm supposed to have the alternative GTT. The CNM I spoke with yesterday said the OBs are sometimes not very on board with the alternative test, so I have an argument to look forward to in addition to a second US.
2). They found an echogenic intracardiac focus and proceeded to explain that it's a soft marker for Downs, though probably not in my case, since there weren't any others. I did some reading when I got home and it seems that there's maybe a 1% chance max, but I really just wish they wouldn't have said anything since I'm now just going to worry.
3). It's a girl. That's what everyone had guessed and I know I'll love her just the same, but I can't help being a little disappointed since I wanted a boy.
It was a good thing I got good news at work yesterday to balance everything out.post #573 of 6854/23/13 at 6:02ampost #574 of 6854/23/13 at 6:34am
onematchfire: sorry to hear that your appt wasn't all roses and sunshine. Hopefully your previa will resolve itself as the uterus keeps growing, as I understand that's what changes.
It's a tough call when they see something on the scan that's abnormal. Often times it seems like one of those "just in case" scenarios where they have to tell you because there is the slightest chance. Have you had any other genetic screening tests? Would you opt to do another one for peace of mind?
Lastly, I'm sorry that you're a little disappointed about the sex, though as you mentioned: your little girl will be loved and well taken care of and she will be the joy of your life.post #575 of 6854/23/13 at 11:18amThanks, folks!
Nettlesoup, yes that's me. The Internet is a small world, no?
Dakipode, thank you! It didn't sound like the tests available would give me any definitive answer, which wouldn't really make me stress less, and there really isn't anything that could be done anyway, so I'm skipping those.post #576 of 6854/23/13 at 11:21ampost #577 of 6854/23/13 at 11:52am
onematchfire - sad to hear your appointment didn't go well.
I had my anatomy scan this morning. Everything's good with the baby, and it was moving around quite a bit during the ultrasound, which was really cute. We held firm in that we didn't want to find out the sex, so we're still team green.
The only but (there's always a but, isn't there?) is the placenta: low lying. Technically not over the cervix, but 0.9cm away from it and right now should be considered as previa.
I know that in most cases this resolves by itself, but.... the fact that it was also low and not previa at the NT scan and it hasn't moved up in the two months since then is making me worry that it's not going to movepost #578 of 6854/23/13 at 12:18pmpost #579 of 6854/23/13 at 2:06pm
I'm sorry some of you are having rough appointments.
I had my 20 week anatomy scan today. Everything looks good! It's a girl just like DH and I wanted. We are very excited!
We heard the heartbeat and saw the heartbeat on the screen. The heartbeat had extra high peaks every so often, and the tech said that means the baby was hiccuping. 154 bpm.
She was moving around, and folded herself up during the scan. The tech said she is very flexible. In that case, she takes after DH rather than me. :-)
My placenta is in front, so that may be why I'm still not sure about feeling the baby moving. I think I have felt movement though.
One thing I wish I had been warned about is that laying on my back, even just long enough for the scan, could make me feel lightheaded already. I had to lay on my left side for a bit afterwards to feel better.post #580 of 6854/24/13 at 6:12amHad an appt with the doc yesterday; all is well. Literally, it may have been five minutes with her. I told her about the intense chills I'd been getting, so she sent me for a blood draw to check my thyroid again.
(My TSH was fine last time, but one of the other numbers is pretty low. My mom has had both hyper- and hypothyroidism, so it's something I keep an eye on.)
Otherwise, I'm good, baby is good, and I had a cupcake to make up for my weight loss (I am down two pounds since my first appt).
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