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I was looking at my ultrasound pictures and wondering about the snow flake looking stuff floating around in the amniotic fluid. I googled it, and I shouldn't have. If you google "particles floating amniotic fluid second trimester" everything that comes up is scary. It doesn't seem like it's normal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Now I'm thinking about going to the midwife's back-up OB for an anatomy scan ASAP. I'm so worried!<br><br>
Did you all see stuff floating around in the fluid on your ultrasounds?<br><br>
You can see it clearly here.<br><a href="http://eingefangen.smugmug.com/photos/712863364_7xmrQ-M.jpg" target="_blank">http://eingefangen.smugmug.com/photo...64_7xmrQ-M.jpg</a><br><br>
(I x-posted something similar in the pregnancy section...)
 

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who did the sonogram? did a doctor ever look at it? Maybe you can just fax your MW or your doctor the pictures and have them look at it. Maybe its just the way the machine was...
 

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We had it done at one of those fetal photos places because we weren't going to have any other ultrasound done since we are just seeing a homebirth midwife and DH really wanted to find out the gender.<br><br>
The ultrasound tech was also a nurse. I asked her about it during the ultrasound and she said something unspecific, along the lines of it being normal. I don't know. I hope I'm just worrying over nothing.<br><br>
A lot of what comes up when you google says it's related to anencephaly but my baby looks like she has a fully formed skull...
 

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I feel like I read something about it recently that wasn't scary, but now I can't remember when. But that it was just pieces of random stuff... skin, etc. Think of all that's going on in that self-contained atmosphere.
 

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Step away from Google...<br><br>
I would ask your midwife about it next time you see her. If you are really concerned, call her tomorrow and ask. I really think the u/s lady would have said something if she thought something looked wrong. Didn't someone else here mention seeing particles on the u/s? I can't remember who, but I thought someone else had seen it as well.
 

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I tried to do a google search, and couldn't find anything definitive. Most of the articles seemed to be from the 1990s, and didn't really draw any specific conclusions other than "maybe it's related to lung maturity" or "maybe it's related to this random skin condition". You also have to consider that ultrasound technology has come a LONG way in the past decade - the machines are much more powerful (and cost over $100k in many cases) - so it's not unheard of that they may be picking up details such as floating particles at a much higher frequency than before, and that maybe it's just a normal variant for many women.<br><br>
I had my ultrasound 1.5 weeks ago and noticed floating particles, but honestly didn't think much of it. I spent a couple days with ultrasound techs as part of my OB rotation (I'm a medical student) and saw at least a few women who also had particles, and it was never brought up as something abnormal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I have a MW appt on wednesday and she should have my ultrasound results from the radiologist, so I'll let you know if they comment at all on the floaties.<br><br>
ETA: <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2747450/" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2747450/</a><br>
"Amniotic fluid is basically anechoic in nature. However, frequently one comes across low-level echogenic particles within the amniotic fluid. Technical factors also can alter the appearance of the amniotic fluid and increased gains or a different preset can produce this appearance in any patient. In the early years of USG, these echoes were thought to be due to vernix in the third trimester and this view holds true even today. Various researchers have reported different etiologies over the years but ultimately it was accepted that these are nonpathological. Under normal circumstances, one very often comes across this type of echogenic amniotic fluid."
 

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Maybe your baby had just peed like mine did during u/s. I saw all these particles floating around - they looked like fireflies everywhere. My fourth baby and that one is new! Anyway immediately the u/s tech said, "Oh, look baby just peed!" Maybe that is what you see!? Or maybe it is something else but I'm sure they would've let you know if something was wrong. And I'm sure if you talk with doc/midwife someone can make you feel better about it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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yes- step away from google.. when ds was born i had an abnormally small placenta. no one said anything about it but when i googled it i read all sorts of horrible things like it was an indicator of severe mental retardation and other problems.. ds is fine.
 

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With ultrasounds, remember that it is an instrument that looks at things in black and white... and uses light to rebound photos onto the screen. You don't always know for sure what you are looking at... that is why you should honestly relax and leave it up to the professionals. Always get a Dr. to explain to you what the results are... and DO NOT RELY ON GOOGLE. You will drive yourself nuts!!!!!!!!<br><br>
You are not doing yourself any favours by freaking out over this okay? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
hugs to you.
 

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Thanks everyone, I'm feeling a lot better about it this morning.<br><br>
The only reason I googled it in the first place was out of curiosity, I never dreamed it could be something bad until searching. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Figures, right?<br><br>
Thanks for that link SuzieQ!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Maybe your baby had just peed like mine did during u/s. I saw all these particles floating around - they looked like fireflies everywhere. My fourth baby and that one is new! Anyway immediately the u/s tech said, "Oh, look baby just peed!" Maybe that is what you see!? Or maybe it is something else but I'm sure they would've let you know if something was wrong. And I'm sure if you talk with doc/midwife someone can make you feel better about it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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The first thing I thought of was the baby was peeing just like in your U/S photo. Its in exactly the right position as well...looks like pee to me!<br><br>
Step away from google hun! lmao
 

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At my first appt with the birth center I mentioned that everything that the internet told me about this one medicine I was on was very scary. The NP told me that if I listen to the internet EVERYTHING is scary.<br><br>
Of course, in my case, she called the cardiologist, and I was right...and she had me stop the meds. But that's not really the point. Internet is scary.
 

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Amniotic fluid, when it comes out of you, is normally cloudy. Shed skin cells, shed vernix, fetal urine, etc all end up floating around in the amniotic fluid. That's why when they do an amniocentesis they can tell you so much about your baby, even though they don't take a sample of your baby's blood or skin.<br><br>
So, totally normal. No more google for you.
 
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