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J- mama to E (8/08) and C (11/10)
DS1 (6) , DS2 (3) , DD is here!
May I ask if you are by chance taking anything for morning sickness at the moment? I was on a medication with DS that actually made this happen more often.
i would personally make them explain a whole lot more what they are needing the CAT scan for and why they cant find things out another way, and also wether a short wait and see approach is not warranted considering what other ladies here are saying about this maybe being more normal and harmless than they may understand. BTW i would make sure that not just a neurologist talks to you but someone with lots of pregnancy experience, they may be aware of things more than the former.
So what if I don't fit cleanly into a defined parenting style, my kids don't fit into a personality archetype either!
If you continue to have problems try and put off the CT scan as long as you can. The farther into pregnancy you get the less of an issue it becomes, especially if they shield you, confine the scan to your head and do not use a radioactive dye.
I had a VQ scan at 17 weeks. I *hated* the thought of exposing my baby to radiation and let me tell you inhaling radioactive gas when pregnant is just terrifying but it was either that or a spiral CT scan (they were ruling out a pulmonary embolism).
I had the Cat scan, and my OB explained it was safer than the MRI-they wanted to avoid the MRI if at all possible, which it was. I was also treated to a 2 night hospital stay, and all sorts of other tests, (blood, ultrasounds of veins/arteries, etc.)
I was finally diagnosed with a "silent migraine". Basically, I had all the weird aura things that people can get with a migraine, but without the headache. Hormonal changes can be a trigger for migraines-and it's not uncommon for women who have previously never had migraines to develop them during pregnancy. I've had one other "attack", at around 24 weeks...since I knew what it was, I just went and took a nap, when I woke up, I was fine.
A whole episode from start to finish never lasted more than 2 hours for me.
ETA: Not being able to comprehend what I was reading was when we headed to the hospital, the numbness happened on the way. I was on facebook, and couldn't figure out what status updates said...then when I tried to explain to my husband I couldn't understand the words, I started studdering and slurring words.
When I had my scan, they didn't need to use any type of dye...they just put me in the machine with a lead drape over my body.
jamie. crinkly (not quite crunchy) mama to 3 amazing little girls, an awesome little boy, and a baby girl making her debut at the end of this summer.
I had a ct while pregnant because I showed up at the hospital with severe chest pain, and they were worried about a blood clot. In that case, I don't feel bad about it, because it could have killed both of us.
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Thefreckledmama: It was facebook as well where I couldn't understand that status updates.
J- mama to E (8/08) and C (11/10)
If you are truly worried, I would opt for an MRI, which is safer.
Christian Texan Mama to Merika (5/2005), Nolyn (1/2007), Keagan (UC baby 9/2007), Four miscarried lovelies, and sweet Evangeline Rose who arrived 9/7/2010 (home/water birth). Expecting our fifth blessing March 2012! Viva la Vegan Pregnancy, my friends!