Post # 1
I’m having my ultrasound monday to find out the sex, yay!
I just asked my friend for tips on filling my bladder b/c last time I had one I drank an hour before the ultrasound and the liquid didn’t go down yet, she said my bladder was completely empty. My friend said that she doesn’t have to fill her bladder at her doctor’s office, they just give her a cup of OJ before she goes in.
So how important is it that I do fill my bladder, and what are some tips on how to do it without peeing my pants in the waiting room? Thanks!
Post # 3
Hm, I don’t think they had me fill my bladder by the time I was that far along. I only had to do it when they did the “internal” U/S. I drank a TON and then they made me wait in the waiting room forever…while the TV was talking about gallons and gallons of water being dumped on a forest fire, lol.
I’d heard the cold OJ just helps to get LO moving around. I did that, and he was still pretty sleepy during the US, but they were able to see everything they needed.
Post # 4
I think it was important if you had an early ultrasound (like for the one we had at maybe 7 weeks? 9 weeks?). But I think by the time you can find out the sex, you don’t need a full bladder.
cannotwait–The forest fire water is funny. My OB’s office has a giant fish tank. 🙂
Post # 5
I’m 13wks, so I’ve only had my 12wks one and I didn’t have to have a full bladder for it, but they wanted me to hold it because they’d need a sepeciman after.
Post # 6
It is some what important. They check your cervix and if they do that through the external ultrasound you need a full bladder. However I had one done with a not completely full bladder and another one with a completely empty bladder and they could see baby just fine.
Tips pace yourself. My appointments where always in the morning and I felt sick in the morning so if I didn’t give myself enough time to drink the 4 8oz glasses of water it would come back up.
Post # 7
I’d think if you kept yourself pretty hydrated leading up the appointment, you should be ok.
I had to do a different type of ultrasound that required drinking water and was SO full, I literally had to hold my stomach and could barely WALK. When they tried to read it, they said I was TOO full and had to go the the restroom! I was so scared I’d pee TOO much.. it’s hard to stop peeing when your bladder is THAT full.
How exciting for Monday!! 🙂
Post # 8
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The hospital told me 32 ounces an hour before the appointment. I had a spaz moment and thought water bottles were 8 oz, not 16, and I drank 4 BOTTLES!! Yup. 64 ounces, and I tried to hold it in. Oh, oh OH I thought my bladder was going to explode out of my body. It was horrible. Luckily the tech let me empty it out halfway 😉
Post # 9
this is kind of unrelated, but did anyone think the ultrasound was kind of an aggressive experience? My tech was pushing really hard, and then he didn’t like the angle at which the baby was sitting so he starting whacking/tickling me with the ultrasound device thing to get the baby to wake up and move. I hope my baby is okay! It wasn’t painful to me per se, but then again, I don’t weigh less than a pound! I feel like my baby stopped being so active after the ultrasound but maybe I am just worried for no reason … it was a 20 wk ultrasound by the way.
Post # 10
I think it helps if you have a fuller bladder (not necessarily “ready to explode”). Just don’t pee right before your appt. Usually mine collects a urine sample so I make sure I drink a decent amount an hour or so before (just water).
@Zippy: That sounds really weird. Our little guy was squirming around but the tech just kept trying from different angles to get the measurements she needed. I even asked if there was anything I could do to help but she told me “No basically nothing is going to make the baby move more or less” so she just waited and kept trying.
Post # 11
Hello I am in school at the moment for Sonography and the reason they want you to fill your bladder is to the tech can use it as a land mark when locating the baby and its lie( how it is laying in the womb) Sometimes the baby can sit far downin your uterus so the bladder helps us to locate him/her better. However if the baby is not in a position to see its sex then there is nothing we can do. They can move you around or have you drink something else hoping the baby decieds to move around in order to give us a better look.
Hope you get to see what sex it is! Congrats to you and your hubby!!
Post # 13
Thanks for all the tips everyone!
@cannotwait: That’s weird, my doctor makes me empty my bladder for an internal and fill it for the external. I wonder why the doctors are so different! My OB has a fountain in the office… that won’t be fun to hear while having to pee!
@oracle: That sounds awful! I did one in the hospital when I had some bleeding at around 9 weeks. They put a catheder in me and filled my bladder through that. It was the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever been through… so I know how bad a super full bladder can be!
@sand dollar: You gave me a good laugh! That’s a good tip, look at the size bottle I’m drinking!
@Zippy: I wonder if your tech wasn’t as gentle b/c he was a man. I’ve only had women and they do poke around to get the angle right, but it’s never that bad. To make mine move for the 12 week apt they had me pee, and that worked well. Our bodies are made to protect the baby though, I’m sure yours is fine!
Post # 14
@Zippy: Mine wasn’t pushing me, but she did press down to get an angle. My baby was hyper and not cooperating. It kinda worried me too.