Monday I had my mid-pregnancy anatomy scan with an sonographer in my OB's office. During the scan, whenever the baby was in a position which prohibited her from getting the pictures she wanted, she would take the wand against my stomach, and briskly pump it up and down against my stomach-think churning butter at turbo speed-for 10-15 seconds each time (and not gently), and it happened 4 times.
This is my 5th pregnancy, so I have had multiple ultrasounds, with multiple individuals doing them, in different offices-and I have never had anyone do anything like this. Having a few days to think about it, my gut is telling me that she shouldn't be doing that as a means to change baby's position. Fortunately, I have an anterior placenta, so I feel that the baby was likely adequately shielded from any harm, but if I didn't, I think I would be really concerned at having my stomach so harshly jostled like that.
I'm debating on whether or not to write and letter or speak with my OB. If this is something that is generally considered "safe" to do, I don't want to go making waves unnecessarily. I wish I would have spoken up at the time, but I am not good at asserting myself when I haven't prepared myself beforehand for potentially needing to.
Any insight or opinions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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.
My tech needed a better view of my cervix, told me she was going to push the baby up a bit, and did so with her hand. Then, when she needed both hands to operate the machine, I offered to hold the baby's head up myself so it wouldn't slide back down to block her view.
Later, she also pushed harder and pulled with pressure using the wand in some areas, presumably to get a better view, such as when she was angling back to get a view of my anterior placenta. The wand was pushing into my belly a good inch.
This was at a very well known and respected perinatalist's office, and she was definitely not just some inexperienced or insensitive hack. This practice has written BOOKS on U/S technology and techniques, and they specialize in high risk cases.
This leads me to believe this is common practice. Also keep in mind techniques to reposition babes like "spinning babies." If you can jostle a fetus from breech to presenting head first without injuring it, I can't imagine a few pokes are hurtful! But only you can judge how much force was used by your tech.
I will concede that my belly was sore for the day after both my last US's--- probably from the less than gentle touch.
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