(Closed) referred to perinatologist and slightly freaking out…

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I go to a perinatologist frequently just so my doctors can get a second opinion on how to best treat us. There’s nothing wrong with me and there’s nothing wrong with our baby, it’s just in case**. Honestly, many women are refered to a perinatologist just in case. Don’t stress about it too much. Sometimes it’s just good to have extra members on your team.

**My doctor is sending me just in case, however our first baby was an Angel Baby (lost in week 34). My old doctor would not send me to a perinatologist because I am not considered high risk, so we switched doctors in hopes of being refered. My current doctor is sending me for our piece of mind.

Post # 4
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

The 20 week anatomy scan is pretty detailed and I can see why you might be sent to a specialist.  I was referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for all of my ultrasounds and scans after 12 weeks.  Usually a specialist’s equipment is higher resolution/sensitivity and the techs are probably trained a bit more intensively.  I wouldn’t get too worried at this point.  I stopped going to my specialist at 30 weeks.  Everything my specialist measured and tested for was transferred the same day to my OB so she had the same info.

ETA: I’m currently in my 37th week and considered low risk.

Post # 5
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

My OB often refers people to the perinatologist next door, since their sonographers have more training and their equipment is better. Maybe since you technically didn’t do the nuchal scan, they think that they just have a little less data on you to date than for other couples who did it, so they want to be super thorough.

My first pregnancy ended early, but for a reason that shouldn’t affect any future pregnancies (i.e. I’m not considered high-risk now or anything, and I’m right about your age), but my OB still sent me to the perinatologist this time for all my scans and stuff just for my peace of mind.

If they haven’t given you any other reason to worry, I wouldn’t at all see the referral as worrisome- it’s just a way of getting better data and I think it’s quite common. So hang in there, ask you OB about it next time you see him/her to ease your mind, and try to enjoy the ride 🙂

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