Post # 1
Hi bees, I had my first ultrasound yesterday and everything went well. The tech showed us all the parts of the baby (gestational sac, fetal pole and yolk sac) and we got to hear the heartbeat! I’m even measuring 3 days ahead of what I thought, so I am 7w6d instead of 7w3d. The doctor looked over my ultrasound and did a whole physical exam and told me everything looked perfect. We left the doctors office very happy. But for some reason, the more I look at my ultrasound and look at pictures of other women’s ultrasounds, I feel like my gestational sac looks weird. It’s not perfectly round, it’s more like a banana shape and kind of thin. Neither the ultrasound tech nor the doctor expressed any concerns about my ultrasound. So then why am I worrying about it?? Of course I looked around online and found that a gestational sac that is “irregular shaped” can mean higher chance of mc. But most things I read said the doctors were concerned about the shape of their sac, but my doctor was not. Am I over analyzing this? I feel like now that I got good news (I was so worried I would get bad news at first ultrasound) I’m looking for something else to be wrong and I don’t know why. I’m just so worried about the possibility of something going wrong because this is my first pregnancy and I am just an anxious person in general. Any advice or experience is welcome!
Post # 2
danafish: My advice is to cut it out. You’re going to drive yourself and your SO nuts for the next 32 weeks and a day. There’s probably nothing wrong, but even if there is, I don’t think they can fix a banana-shaped gestational sac. Knowing and dwelling isn’t going to help. Congratulations and best wishes.
Post # 3
danafish: Stress does killer things to the body – especially during pregnancy. My advice, stop over analyzing everything and listen to what your doctor tells you. They are the medical professionals, not Dr. Google. If your doctor had a reason to be concerned, he would have told you.
So relax, and don’t be worried until you have an actual reason to be worried.
Post # 4
Thank you both, I needed to hear it. I am going to drive myself nuts this way and need to step away from the computer screen sometimes because it’s never really done me any good to sit there and Google things.
Post # 5
I obsessed over the exact same thing with my first ultrasound with my most recent pregnancy, but the result of that is nine months old now. The picture is just one snapshot – don’t worry about it! If the doctor was concerned, I’m sure s/he would have said something. Congrats!
Post # 6
See? Weird shape but turned out fine!
Post # 7
It’s probably the way the ultrasound was done and pic taken. If the doc didn’t say anything then dnt worry about it. There are so many things you could worry about you’ll drive yourself crazy.
Post # 8
KatieBklyn: Mine at 7w2d looked just like this too! Gosh, I didn’t even know that was weird, LOL, good thing I was unaware!
OP, I’m 21 weeks and mine was apparently oddly shaped as well. Hang in there! The first tri is absolutely horrible, but you can make it!
Post # 9
Seriously its so early how do you know whats “the normal look” plus everytime they move the handle its a different looking image, if the doctor says its fine what are you worried about??
Post # 10
So, with zero medical training you analyzed your own ultrasound pic and decided that the medical professionals might have missed something? It’s a trip how the internet gives us just enough information to be a danger to our own well being sometimes, huh?
On the one hand- pat yourself on the back and give yourself some credit- you are shifting into taking responsibility for the well being of your child- a role you will have for the rest of your life- and you’re not just accepting what “experts” tell you. That’s beautiful.
On the other hand- if you know you tend to be anxious, your time might be better spent practicing some self soothing techniques- and I say this as someone who tends to be anxious myself AND as a doula.
A couple days after we brought our son home from the hospital, I found some little lump on his neck and it FREAKED. ME.OUT. We called the hospital and set up an appointment for as soon as possible (which was about two hours into the future). My Fiance suggested we get some rest before we head over. I thought, as a loving and vigilant mother, that laying there stressing for 90 minutes was a much better use of my time. Know what they told us when we got there? Those were his glands. Just like the glands I’d been feeling in my own neck for 30 years. But his own baby sized ones.
Another time, a couple weeks later, I was certain my poor baby had a terrible fever and was sick. Know what was up? We’d been putting him in too many layers and he was hot and sweating- like healthy babies do when their mothers are crazy, swaddle-obsessed newbies.
Babies are pretty resilient, thanks be to all the gods. Be kind to yourself and maybe stop the urge to Google what could go wrong with pregnancy. There are too many things to torture your mind and that’s time better spent being excited about your new baby.
Here’s a great way to send a rush of happy hormones through you and the baby. Sit down, get comfortable, rub your tummy and think about your baby and say “I love you, baby!” Sounds cheesy as hell but it floods you and the baby with those good connecting hormones. Stress sends the opposite kind of hormones through both of you.
Congrats on your baby! You’re well on your way to being a ferocious protective mama. Your baby is fortunate to have you looking out for her.