In a previous pregnancy, I arrived at the ultrasound place with an empty bladder and was scolded for this, despite the fact that no one told me otherwise. I was told to drink so many cups or ounces of this ice cold water they had there, which totally threw my system into shock and gave me the shakes (I was also very nervous, but still).
I'd like not be overly full and extremely uncomfortable the whole time, but also not have to drink any MORE water when I get there because I'm not full enough.
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I haven't had to drink water for any of them. I have had my uterus ultrasounded when not pregnant, too, and I did have to drink water that time, but I was told it was't necessary during pregnancy.
My little slip for my ultrasound appointment says to drink 16 oz of water 1 hour beforehand. For example, my appt is 10:45, so it says to start drinking the water at 9:30 and finish it by 9:45.
That's exactly what I was told to do for the first ultrasound I had with each pregnancy. Usually after they get everything they need they let you get up and use the restroom and then proceed to let you see your baby.
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I believe that around 11 or 12 weeks your uterus pops up above your pelvic bone, which is why you really don't need a full bladder by that point to help "push" it up and out so the tech can get a good look like you have to early on.
Just my experience and two cents, for what it's worth! Good luck w/ your scan!
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I can't imagine what would be "comfortably full" though halfway through a second (or more) pregnancy... it seems like my bladder is always uncomfortably full.
The tech told me that if you normally drink a lot of fluids and stay well hydrated, you don't need to have nearly as much before the scan.
So for my 12 week ultrasound with this baby, I didn't drink anything extra, I just didn't pee all morning and had my usual tea, juice, etc. Well that wasn't enough - the tech complained that the baby was hard to see and I could tell that she was having a tough time getting all the angles necessary to get the measurements.
I have my 20 week scan today and I guess I'll aim for an amount in between my two previous experiences.
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If the point is just to fill up the bladder so that the uterus pops out of the pelvis more then I'm guessing the total 32 ounces probably isn't necessary for me (it seems to be popping out enough already) but if I can drink it without feeling really uncomfortable I will just to make the ultrasound technician's job as easy as possible for her.
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And...all went very well with the ultrasound. The kiddo looks great! Hooray!