(Closed) Questions about Anatomy Scans

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ms.melli:  I think our anatomy scan took about 30 or 40 minutes. First the tech went through with the screen pointed towards her (we’d normally be able to watch along on a connected TV, but it was on the fritz that day) and took lots of pictures and measurements. Then she turned the screen towards us and gave us a “tour” of the baby, minus the genitals, since we are Team Green. At the end she gave us a CD with out a dozen pictures and video clips. 

If there’s a physical defect, I think they should be able to see it. 

As for nutrition, I still have trouble eating as much as I should, but I’ve been told over and over again that between me and the prenatal and DHA vitamins I take, the baby is getting everything s/he needs, and what I’m eating is more for my health than his/hers. That said, I do try to snack on high protein snacks, even when I’m not particularly hungry…a slice of bread with peanut butter, a handful of almonds, etc. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The nurse that did my anatomy scan explained everything to us as she went along.  She showed us all four chambers of the heart even.  She told us what she was measuring and if it looked good, healthy, and on track.  She also checked a few things regarding my anatomy.  

They scheduled 30 minutes for the ultrasound and I think mine took around 20 but that was because I had to have a transvaginal ultrasound at the end because she couldn’t quite see my cervix and the location of the placenta. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@ms.melli:  We went at 16 weeks for an elective ultrasound elsewhere and found out then that it was a girl.  But we pretended we didn’t know so we could see if the results matched and they did.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@ms.melli:  I was scared of that too and so was my husband.  We had to have another ultrasound at 28 weeks because of placenta issues so the third time helped solidify it more since we were shown each time why it was a girl. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ms.melli: This is so exciting!  Darling Husband and I have our anatomy scan on Monday as well!  We went for an elective ultrasound at 20 weeks as a birthday present from my DH and they told us it was a baby girl.  I’ll be 22 weeks when we go on Monday so hopefully the results will match!  I’m a little bit nervous but at the same time excited to see our baby again.  Such an incredible feeling.  Good luck on yours πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Worker bee

@ms.melli:  My anatomy scan wa last week, it lasted about 40 minutes. It is an abdominal u/s in which they scan for all the major organs and tissues of your baby (lungs, liver, heart, brain, arteries etc). They also tell you the gender at that appt, if you don’t know it already…at Kaiser the tech who did the scan was not allowed to tell me if everything looks good or not, so two days after the doc. called and said everything was good. Try not to worry, I know it’s hard, but most likely everything will be OK.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had ours at 18w and had to go back a few weeks later because the baby was being stubborn and they weren’t able to see everything. He had his ankles crossed the whole time. It was adorable! They checked all major organs as well as bones to make sure that everything was growing properly. In our case with the first one they couldn;t see the lower spine area well enough so we had to come back. We had to have a doctor look at everything before we left and after the 2nd one everything was fine. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@ms.melli:  1. yaaay! so exciting:)

2. We went at 17w5d. They will tell you to walk around or eat/drink something if baby isn’t moving aroud enough because they want to see the sex of the baby, see the spine, see the heart, see the lungs…EVERYTHING. My U/S lady was very thorough. Also: we opted out of the NT scan too but I felt 100% confident about baby’s health after the detailed anatomy scan. Oh and another thing: they’ll measure baby and tell you the weight & height/length of baby and they’ll tell you where in the percentile he or she falls. My baby was bigger so, in the 90th percentile. 

OH! And they’ll confirm how far along you are to the “T” and they’ll confirm a DDate. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ms.melli: I had a lot of dreams of little boys always helping me in my weird dreams so I was convinced that we were going to have a boy.  Darling Husband also has a dream that we had a baby boy before we went for our elective ultrasound.  It gets to be really confusing lol.  I have 2 cute nephews already so our family is really hoping for a girl.  Just a few more days and we’ll know or in our case hopefully confirm!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I went for my anatomy scan yesterday at 22w 3d (our scan was done later as Darling Husband was delayed overseas).

The scan took about forty minutes and the tech looked at the leg bones, arm bones, hands, feet, spine, the skin covering the spine, the kidneys (incl a colour “thing” to show them filling and emptying), the chambers of the heart (with the same colouring to show the filling and emptying), the brain, the bladder, the face – pretty much everywhere but the goodies as we’re Team Green!  Our Baby was a wee bit reluctant so I had to a fair amount of rolling from side to side to get Bubs to shift into a better position.  We even had a second tech come and check the heart pictures due to our uncooperative wee one.

I really enjoyed the anatomy scan (we opted out of the NT scan) but some of the time I couldn’t actually tell which bit the tech was looking at!

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