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i started thinking that maybe it is intuition.<br><br>
DH has been saying that he'd like an US, just in case, and he is usually against them. and lately, with me measuring consistently 2-4 cm smaller from 25 weeks on (unusual for me), while gaining more weight than before (50lb with the first two, probably 60lb this time), and with not being sure of the baby's movements and position...<br><br>
i'm 36 weeks tomorrow, but i won't be able to get an ultradound until 37-37.5 weeks. i guess i could do it earlier, if DH took a day off.<br><br>
if i were to have one, should i do it ASAP, or i could wait to 37.5? other thoughts on this? i remember reading that ultrasounds this late are notoriously inaccurate. what can be detected reliably at this stage? what about the cord? for some reason this worries me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">depends on what you're trying to detect. size? placenta/cord quality? twin? (it would see that for sure)</div>
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size probably wouldn't be accurate at all, right? but if there are IUGR issues, they would be looking for something other than size? or not?<br><br>
will they see if the little one is entangled in the cord?<br><br>
i'm still sort of unusure, knowing how inaccurate ultrasounds are...it is not like i can select what info i want to hear <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> like the location of the placenta...
 

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size is unfortunately a real gamble. sometimes accurate, someways way inaccurate. On another forum I frequent a woman was recently told to expect 11+ pounder and pressured into repeat c-section and baby was only a little over 9lb.<br><br>
it could tell you IUGR, ideally. could tell you things like hydrops. would tell you (if you have a trained techinician) about potential knots in cord, poor cord insertion (assuming you can see it all well), about fluid levels and potentially placental quality.<br><br>
honestly, though, many measure way big or way small and it has zero to do with health of baby, size of baby or anything else. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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At that stage, ultrasounds for size are usually accurate to within a pound in either direction. That means that if your baby is actually 7 lbs, they might say anywhere between 6 to 8 lbs. If at 37/38 weeks they said that the baby weighed, say.. 3 lbs, you'd know that something was off, since the *most* that baby would probably weigh would be 4 lbs. It gets iffy if they say that the estimate is in between, like 5 lbs or something, because the baby could actually be smaller and in trouble, or it could be bigger and perfectly healthy.<br><br>
I'm pretty sure they could see some cord abnormalities, like two vessel cords. They can also check fluid levels, though that's not always accurate. I don't think they'd be able to see if the baby was tangled in the cord, though that's just a feeling on my part.<br><br>
Personally, if my pregnancy was very different than what I'd experienced in the past and there were worries about the baby's size, I'd get the ultrasound. Are you sure of your due date?
 

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Honestly, I'd listen to your DH. Mine has an uncanny ability to pick up on stuff. I find that I really regret when I don't listen to his "manly intuition." He keeps quiet about most things when it comes to "my business" (the pregnancy, my friendships, etc) but when he does say something, he's usually right.<br><br><br>
And if your instinct is getting all tingly, too, more the reason to get checked.
 

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i wasn't charting, but i was tracking my cervical mucus, and we dtd only twice around the ovulation, i think on the day before and 2 days later. i picked the date in between. i could be 2-3 days off, but not by more.<br><br>
the problem is that in our community i have no guarantee to see a good technicial, or even have any choice. if they are unsure of anything at all they will be airlifting to the city. which is not something i'm looking forward too, obviously. so there's a good chance to be in the very interventionist environment, only because their current tech is not very skilled or simply doesn't want to commit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
i don't even know the list of "issues" the would airlift for. i know for sure that they won't have twins here, and it is an automatic transfer. though i don't think i have twins, but there might be other issues or suspicions they take rather drastic measures on.<br><br>
i'm going to sit on it for another couple of hours and then make an appointment, i think. if anyone has more thoughts... please share...
 

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I know there are different types of IUGR. One is when the baby is small everywhere. Another kind (which I think is more serious) is when the baby has a small head for example or a small abdomen. It sounds like this is something they could detect on an US, but I don't know much about it. I just know some women on the preemie/NICU forum that had IUGR babies. You might want to ask them more about it, if that's your concern.
 

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i called the office, they freaked out about "no prenatal care" and told me i could come in right away to be seen right away. but after that everything went great.<br><br>
the nurses did 20 min on NST--the hb was great and reactive, and the baby moved a lot. measured fundal height--32 at 36 weeks, the same as my at home measurement. the dr was paged, so we were waiting for her. meanwhile they wanted to do blood tests, and we said we'd talk to the dr first.<br><br>
the dr came, said the fundal height was 37, and showed me how she measured it and it made sense. she said that when i measure my own i tend to contract my abdominal muscles and it is harder to find the pubic bone.<br><br>
she said that based on the heart rate, the measurements, the head being down, and the placenta likely anterior (as i started feeling the movements at 20 weeks) she has zero concerns.<br><br>
she was very cool with UC. she said that as a dr she has to tell me to consider the very hands-off hospital environment that they offer, and then everybody laughed when i said that i will certainly keep this in mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
basically we all agreed there was no need for an us. i'm sure part of it was that the technicial wasn't available, but i and DH were reassured enough not want one.<br><br>
and as a bonus we got the PKU form so that we could do this at home and only bring the form to the lab, rather than bringing the baby. and as another bonus, we now know that our operating room is not always available, and that if we are heading to the hosptial with excessive bleeding or something equeally serious, we will know to call them before we leave so that they know we are coming.
 

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glad it went well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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What an awesome experience! Glad everything is looking good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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that's great. i'm glad it went well too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Wow! I hope my Dr is as fantastic when our time comes to UC. I plan on getting "prenatal care" through my GP, and UCing *fingers crossed*
 

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Um, wow. Where are you? Are there any houses for sale in your neighborhood?<br>
Seriously, I'm glad it worked out that well. That is awesome.
 

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she said that based on the heart rate, the measurements, the head being down, and the placenta likely anterior (as i started feeling the movements at 20 weeks) she has zero concerns.<br>
she was very cool with UC. she said that as a dr she has to tell me to consider the very hands-off hospital environment that they offer, and then everybody laughed when i said that i will certainly keep this in mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
basically we all agreed there was no need for an us. i'm sure part of it was that the technicial wasn't available, but i and DH were reassured enough not want one.<br></div>
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Sounds like you have an awesome doc to work with!! How I wish they were more amenable in more places! Cool beans and what she said made perfect sense! Enjoy your UC!! A PKU test to boot, cool! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Um, wow. Where are you? Are there any houses for sale in your neighborhood?<br>
Seriously, I'm glad it worked out that well. That is awesome.</div>
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trust me, you don't want to be where i'm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
at least *something* is awesome...<br><br>
and besides, she can't be my regular doc, i was lucky that she was on call...<br><br>
but i'm super pleased! i really lucked out today!
 

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That's awesome! Glad to hear that everything is okay. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Glad to hear everything went well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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cool doc! glad you're feeling more comfortable! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> dd wanted a smiley
 

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I know we tend to hear a lot of stories of doctors giving us UC Moms a hard time. I am glad that it went well. My doc was great too but we only saw her after the fact. She didn't freak out at all and was really actually impressed.
 
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