I went today for my 20 week u/s--the first and hopefully last! The entire ordeal took 4 hours from checking in to walking out the door. The first hour, of course, was checking in and forms and waiting rooms. But when we finally got going, first with the u/s tech, things seemed fine but then baby would not budge for her to get a good view of one pat of the heart. The tech started jabbing the wand thingey into my abdoment to try to get baby to move, which baby refused to do. So then I had to spend a loooong time rolled on one side waiting for baby to turn--which baby did, but only completely around to the other side, which was also unhelpful. more waiting in this position and that, and finally she got what she was looking for or just gave up. The jabbing thing happened enough times that DH started whimpering and growling every time she did it. Then we waited some more, the doctor came in, had us move to a different room with a better machine, and we basicaly repeated the whole routine.
Bottom line, all is well (we are waiting to find out the sex) and I'm glad that's over with! It was kinda cool to see baby moving around and they gave us some pictures but I also felt that somehow it just was too much intrusion for the baby and have been apologizing all evening!
As for the u/s baby is measuring a few days ahead, but not too many, so I don't think it's a big deal. I'm 17w6d today and baby's head measured 18w4d and the rest of the baby was 18w2d. The sonographer joked with me that this one should be fun to birth. It's ok, DD had a big head too. She was 95th percentile for head circumference until she hit 3, even though she was 25th for weight and 50th for height! Baby's heart has 4 chambers, brain looks great. Spine is properly formed, we saw toes and fingers. I didn't count them all, but I did see that one hand had 5 fingers. I'm sure they would have said something if we had extras or were missing some. So, I was beyond thrilled to know that my little one is growing perfectly. No,
Then we went to the midwife visit where I was told I need to be gaining weight. Apparently I have lost a pound between each visit (this is visit #3) and they want me to gain 10 - 15 lbs. I figure I'll be doing that at the end, but they want me to track my food consumption for 3 days before my next appointment in 4 weeks.
That was my fun day!
Wife to a wonderful DH, Mom to 3 amazing girls and one special boy, IBCLC, supporter of moms.
b/c i'm an "older" mom, i got to be referred to a genetic counseling hi-res ultrasound place that, i think, has MUCH more experienced tech's + accurate images.
our tech was a cute, funny, deadpan 62 y.o. southern woman from alabama who said m'am a lot & had a hot flash during the appt. she's been doing ultrasounds for something like 28 yrs. so seemed to really know her stuff and got the images/measurements she needed pretty quickly. she said i was "easy to read" b/c i was slender & also baby seemed to be cooperating.
she was funnily NOT excited when we entered (had clearly seen WAY too many excited parents) but still got little flashes of authentic excitement/personality as we proceeded.
genetic counseling was maybe 30 min's conversation, actual ultrasound time was maybe 1 hour (but not all that time was w/the thingy on my belly).
it's a healthy girl!
I go today at 1:00 for the level 2 and the genetic counseling. I had one with my last pg too, but the dr. that did it (the docs do the level 2's here) wasn't very nice at all. She was all business--forgetting that even though this was a high risk practice, not all patients were high risk (I wasn't--just had an elevated AFP test). It was ok, just not the exciting high energy kind of thing you expect! I'm looking forward to this afternoon!
I was really hoping for a girl, but the baby is a boy in all my dreams. So I was prepared to hear that this baby is my third boy.
We found out that this baby is just modest and won't let us know. Surprise!
Now the purpose of the U/S was to see placenta position, and that news was good. The placenta is high. Won't grow into my C/S scar. So I should be able to HBA2C.
Mom to 5 amazing kids! (DS8, DS7, DD4, DD2 and DS0)
We had a great sono--everything's perfect and they were able to determine the sex but we decided not to find out (but like with DS I am now convinced it's a boy because if she could tell that easily, I feel like she must have seen the goods, kwim?)
I never realized what a difference 1. the machine and 2. the technician makes. We had a bad US experience with our DS (I only had the one) and I was not looking forward to it. I had to pee really badly and THIS time, the woman was like, if you have to go THAT badly I won't be able to do my job, go ahead and use the bathroom just don't empty completely.
SO much better--it really allowed me to relax and enjoy it whereas with #1 I was in actual pain the whole time. She also was really nice and very respectful about us not wanting to know the sex (with our first kid the technician was, like, personally offended we didn't want to know and really huffy about it) The machine was also so much better. With DS, we couldn't really tell what anything was, even with the technician showing us. This time, it was crystal clear--we could see everything and it was really cool!
Everything measured just fine, all looked great. It was fun to see the baby and get to know her a little. The staff were all nice (I didn't go to my regular OB's office due to this being a higher level us) and my oldest went with us and enjoyed seeing all the baby parts, movement, etc.
I am happy to know the sex of the baby--we were hoping it might be a little boy, but it feels great to actually know, and now I feel like I can bond a little more with her. We're certainly not disappointed, just excited in a different way now, if that makes sense!
Did find out the sex but I'm not telling. Those guys can be wrong. It's all up to a Greater Force anyways.
Im 18w3d... Everything looked great. The first thing we saw was feet. They were sooo cute and perfect. The baby was very active because I had just eaten lunch (I did that on purpose) 10 toes, 10 fingers, perfectly formed everything. Everything measured well. heart looked awesome. Baby has a BIG head and a pointy lip... looks like a Simpson. The baby had one hand in the mouth and the other arm was behind the head... as if lounging after lunch. It was too cute. Then there was some jumping, looked like Thriller.
Did find out that my placenta is in the front of my uterus which sucks because its harder to feel movement and makes sex somewhat uncomfortable but at least its not placenta previa.
And we did find out the sex. Its a GIRL!! :
DH is psyched. DS had a look on his face like someone had just punched him in the groin... He now has THREE sisters! DD and DSD were just so fascinated with getting to see the baby that they hardly noticed what the sonographer said. I have to admit, at first I was a wee bit disappointed but then I started thinking about how much of a handful my son is and realized that two kids like that would be a lot to handle. He is a cuddly and lovey mamas boy but hes all boy. I didnt want to tell anyone. Surprise everybody but of course, DH and I told our moms immediately. It was like a compulsion. We couldnt not tell them. And I told my sister. Being one of 5 girls she is thrilled.
I am now totally excited (even more so than before.) and its amazing because nw I can feel her moving around. I didnt really feel it much before. Maybe its all in my head. I dunno. But I dont care. Im excited! :
Baby looks great - placenta is right where it should be...baby measuring perfect for sometime mid Jan. It actually woke me up a little...I think that this pregnancy has been somewhat unreal to me...mostly because I am too busy/overwhelmed with my other two! LOL.
Oh..the whole thing only took 30 minutes from entrance into the office until exiting the office! This tech is known for her accuracy in town!
Proud Single Mama, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Student, Aspiring CNM
DD ~ 1/7/09 DS ~ 9/22/10
The second I get home I'm calling everyone and then my sewing machine and knitting needles are going to be very busy!!
it's a BOY!!!! : My MIL, my Mom, and I, all thought I was having a boy. Don't know why but we did and we were right!
We had to drive up to Tacoma (we live in Olympia) to have a type 2 done and talk to a genetic counselor because my quad screen results indicated trisonomy 18. The counselor said my blood tests made my chances about 2.6 % (itsy bitsy teeny chance!) and that in her opinion this ultrasound halved those. So I have a 1.3% chance that the baby will have trisonomy 18. Everything they could see showed the baby looked really healthy. I do have to go back next month for another look because the baby was not letting the technician get a good look at his heart and they want to check on it.
I'd put off buying stuff until we knew a) that the baby was healthy and b) who we were having. Now that we know we're having Alexander and that he seems to be all healthy I'm going shopping!
I'm 18 weeks and 3 days but she is measuring 19 weeks and was moving all over the place!! The US tech kept saying how long her legs are
But... my ultrasound was not fun. The tech was an elderly Eastern European woman with a heavy accent. She didn't let me watch for the 45 min. she measured everything because she needed to look 'straight at the screen.' I got in trouble when I tried to turn my head. By the end I was crying I was so aggravated. Then I finally got to see for 5ish minutes and she wouldn't give us a definite on the sex even though the baby's legs were wide open from what I could tell. Grrrr. She barely spoke too. She didn't tell me anything about the baby's size, measurements, etc. I'm soooo upset. I was planning on only one ultrasound but now I want another one because this one was so awful. I'm going to see what my midwife says tomorrow. The only reason I went to this office is because we pay 20% and the quote I got was only 20% of $246, not 20% of $1300 like the hospital said.
With DS the tech let us watch and explained what she was measuring the whole time. It was much more pleasant.
Taryn-31 Crunchy Conservative Catholic SAHM with DH-32
DS 7.5, DD 5 (vbac), DD 2.5 (vbac), and DD 12/30/13 (vbac)
: Our ultrasound went awesome! It was sooo cute! It had it's little hand up covering it's face, and kept crossing and un-crossing it's legs. It was sooo neat!
Then it opened it's legs pretty well and we got a great shot...
IT'S A GIRL!!!!
And she will be named Kalie Elizabeth. I am soooo excited!!!
Proud Single Mama, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Student, Aspiring CNM
DD ~ 1/7/09 DS ~ 9/22/10
Anyway... got the results from my u/s at the mw appointment yesterday. Everything is normal. I was joking with DH that at least one of us is normal. :
BUT, at the 20 week they discovered that one of my guy's kidneys is in the wrong place. One is normal and the other is low (she said "in the pelvis"). They want me to have yet another u/s to monitor this 'abnormality'. Most likely they won't know if there is a real problem until after birth. They will want to do a u/s on the baby once he is born to check for genital abnormalities apparently.
If my DS weren't struggling with a really bad virus at the moment (throwing up for five days now and headed towards real dehydration, I fear) and if DH weren't in Europe for a conference for 10 days...well...then I might have time to fret about the kidney....
ainh- It sounds like you have your plate full right now. Hopefully the kidney issue resolves itself -which is certainly could- and the virus will run it's course. Keep DS hydrated as much has possible with some good homemade broth and lots of sodium ascorbate