Posted on August 25th, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com

What’s the purpose of ultrasound gel?

ultrasound gel

Ah…that amazing blue stuff…sometimes shockingly cold, oftentimes warm like a comfy blanket (if they’re nice and keep it in a warmer!). If you’ve ever had a sonogram, you know it’s pretty messy, and Moms usually hate it!

The best I’ve used for most of my career, pictured above, is made by Parker Laboratories and provides the perfect viscosity. In other words, it doesn’t run down the side of your belly when we squirt it. Ultrasound gel is made up mostly of water, gets everywhere, and feels tacky until it dries. However, no one can have an ultrasound without it!

Why do we use it?

The role of gel is two-fold. Most importantly, it’s acoustic transmission gel. This means it helps to conduct the sound waves. No gel, no view! Ultrasound cannot travel through air or gas. Without the gel, there exists a bit of air between the probe and skin which produces no image on the monitor!

Second, it allows the probe to move smoothly over Mom’s belly. Some wonder why we use so much. If we used it sparingly, it dries out. The probe won’t glide over your kin, and the dried gel forms little balls of stickiness. Gross. Better to use a bunch and extra tissue to wipe it off after! Usually, it dries like a fine powder on your skin.

I performed this little experiment one time for a patient who asked, much to her amazement. It’s really cool, actually…touch the probe to the skin with no gel and all you see is black. Add a little gel and Voila’! Baby.

So, there you go. Another lesson in Ultrasound 101.

Have a great day and a healthy pregnancy 🙂

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Posted on June 3rd, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Funny Ultrasound Stories and the Kids they Belong To

 

Frequently, parents do bring their other kids in for the ultrasound experience. And, sometimes, this is a good decision. As a general rule, kids about four and over find it pretty interesting and ask a lot of questions. They seem to understand that it’s their soon-to-be new baby brother or sister in there…even if they don’t quite understand how he or she got there in the first place. Out of the mouths of these babes is where some truly funny ultrasound stories and comments come from. It’s a cool experience and a neat bonding moment all rolled up into one little prenatal package.

But First…What Makes for Not-So-Funny Ultrasound Stories?

A toddler can be a total nightmare for your ultrasound experience! If you are considering taking your two-year-old (or less) as a spectator for your diagnostic anatomy screen, please reconsider! I promise. Your small child has no clue what’s on the “TV” and is truly not interested. No matter how much you point to the monitor in an effort to catch his attention… He just wants his toys or nap or snacks. Otherwise, he may just want to run around the exam room (which we can’t allow because he may get hurt!). It’s completely understandable! He’s two, and running around is his world. Anyone with a toddler knows how upset they get when they are held against their will.

Often times, he cannot understand why this strange lady is touching his mom…and he is not okay with that. He’s protective and doesn’t understand that what’s taking place is not hurting Mom. This usually results in crying, not an amusing ultrasound story. Poor things, they get really distressed! At this point, your sonographer isn’t able to concentrate on your examination and you aren’t able to fully enjoy the baby that should be the center of attention. This is what you came for…a bonding experience with your new baby. Your spouse wants to relish the moment, too! The last thing your partner wants to do is to leave the room with your toddler.

*Advice! Bring a third party (friend, grandma, etc.) who can take
the child back to the waiting room if your child is loud or upset.

You’ll be happy you did!

Don’t Forget the Floaties

However, what is so entirely cute is when kids do become engaged in what is taking place. The questions and statements that follow make for some of the funniest and cutest ultrasound stories! I’ll share some with you.

My all-time favorite is this. Mom comes in with her five-year-old son. He’s kneeling next to her on a chair, his hand on her shoulder watching intently. He’s quietly supporting her…so sweet. I’m pointing out baby parts as the fetus lies very still, napping. Mom is explaining all the body parts and organs as we go along. Suddenly, Baby starts to wiggle around like a little jumping bean, and Big Brother’s eyes fly open. He asks, “What’s he doing in there?!” I replied, “He’s swimming!” He stares hard at the monitor. All is quiet. One second, two seconds go by and mom and I are eyeing his expression. He’s searching and searching. A look of confusion comes over his face, and his eyebrows knit together. Then he asks a very concerning and valid question. “But where are his floaties???”

More Funny Kid Comments

From the youngster who wasn’t so happy about the strange little human in his house… When someone asked, “What’s your new baby brother’s name?” His reply? “Stupidhead.”

A seven-year-old big brother was very excited about his little sister and the state of her health. As I pointed out her spine on the moniter, he exclaimed “It’s a good thing she has one!”

Kids were always fascinated with the appearance of the fetal spine. Frequent comments were that it looked like alligator or dinosaur teeth.

A comment from a big sister: “Does he have clothes on in there?”

Two adolescent boys, about 12 and 10 years old, crossed fingers and squeezed their eyes closed in anticipation of sex determination of their new baby on the way. I froze the iconic image of little brother parts and broke the news. They squealed and cried, “NO! NO! NO! It can’t be! IT HAS TO BE A SISTER!” Poor little guys. They cried inconsolably for the entire remainder of the exam.

When a mom explained to her young son that he was going to have a little sister, he examined the ultrasound image with a very perplexed look and asked, “So, where is her pee pee?”

And last, but not least… Mom planted her feet in stirrups. As I began to insert the vaginal probe for her first-trimester scan, her very inquisitive four-year-old refused to sit in the chair next to her mother as commanded. Curiosity forced her to continually peek under the drape with confusion, and we couldn’t help but giggle with all her questions. “What’s she putting in your tootie, Mommy?” “Mommy, what’s she doing?” “What’s that thing in your tootie, Mommy?” …You get the picture. Now, that is funny.

Share Your Funny Stories!

We all could use a good laugh, couldn’t we? I know you moms have some hilarious moments to share, so please email them to wombviewerblog@gmail.com. I’d love to share them with other moms around the world, too!

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Posted on October 11th, 2016 by wombwithaviewblog.com

What Your Sonographer is Thinking

Ever wonder what your sonographer might be thinking as she calls you back for your ultrasound exam? While I cannot speak for all, let me give you some insight into some of the heavyweights at the forefront of my thoughts with each new patient.

What’s in a Job?

Firstly, we have a job to do. While the patient may be wondering why she wasn’t called back at her exact appointment time, your sonographer is already very busy with the business of having you as a patient. We are busy with a checklist of items that must be completed before we ever call your name! We are examining your chart and looking for your doctor’s order (we cannot begin without this!). We have to determine why you are coming to see us in the first place, so we have to know what type of exam needs to be performed. Oh, yeah! Your prior pertinent medical history and testing are pretty important, too. In other words, we have to be able to answer the 5 W’s…Who, What, When, Where and Why:

    • Who are we scanning? Who (what provider..doc, nurse practitioner) ordered this exam?
    • What type of ultrasound exam are we performing? (Diagnostic ultrasound? Transvaginal?)
    • When was she scanned last and what was found? Do we have that report(s)?
    • Where are we targeting the examination?
    • Why are we scanning this patient?

Patients or Patience?

After spending so many years in the healthcare field and encountering a challenging personality type or two along the way, we sonographers wonder whether our next patient might be naughty or nice? The Rolodex of mental questions might look something like this:

  • Will my brain get picked for some interesting ultrasound facts or will I get the silent treatment? It is a bit awkward when a patient has nothing to say…I mean zero words.
  • Will she need to beat her dueling children because they won’t let her focus on Baby #3 (who may turn into Baby #1 if they don’t quit fighting)?
  • Siblings are sometimes the most comical addition to an exam, but will I have to listen to “Let It Go” on a tablet for thirty minutes – again?
  • Will her family sound like my Italian kin at Thanksgiving in that tiny. enclosed. room?
  • Will it be standing room only with Grandpa breathing down my neck for the whole exam? Gramps is really nice, but he’s gotta mosey on over to the other side of that table.
  • Will I have to ask Dad to take their screaming toddler back to the waiting room? We hate to kick anyone out. But our eardrums can’t take it, and admin typically frowns upon keeping rum in our exam rooms.
  • Will I get the evil eye if I say that I cannot determine what sex she’s having? And will she then rant on Facebook that I have no idea what I’m doing? I hate when this happens.
  • But seriously, and most importantly, will this baby look normal?

The Questions Sonographers Get Almost Every Time

Does everything look okay? Do you see anything wrong? Is my baby growing well?

These are all valid questions, to be sure! But as most patients know, they are ones that only your doc can answer. Legally, only your doctor can review the exam and determine its results. Only she/he can discuss these results with you even if they’re negative. Why is this? So that they can also provide you with the comfort and answers in the face of concerning findings.

My answer was always relatively the same. “So far so good, but your doctor has to review the ultrasound images and give you the results.” Every blue moon, a patient express that I must know what I’m seeing. I would always agree but reiterate the rules.

There are times and extenuating circumstances where you may know what your doctor is following. In these cases, we have to be careful with our words. Every practice is a little different with respect to how much your sonographer can say. It’s a fine balance! Too little, and we cause you to worry. Too much, and we lose our jobs!

Of course, every sonographer on the planet is happy when they enjoy the time they have with their patients and families and kids. Some of my favorites have also been the loudest, most fun, and the funniest! One thing is for sure…I can definitely sing the “Frozen” theme song with your kid the next time you visit:)

Many blessings and happy, healthy babies to you all! Feel free to email me at wombviewerblog@gmail.com with any questions or comments!

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Posted on February 12th, 2015 by wombwithaviewblog.com

One of the strangest enigmas of my job is the development of my warped sense of time.  I rarely remember patient names but I do remember certain exams and images and I most definitely know faces! I might see a vaguely familiar name on my schedule, then see the patient in the waiting room and immediately put the face with the name. What always blows me away is, in fact, the length of time which has passed since they last delivered!

Case in point.. I recognized a name today, entered it into my machine and was stunned as to why the name did not pop up in the search. After all, she JUST delivered (last year, I was thinking). So, I call her back and begin my usual “so good to see you” gab and asked how old Baby is now.  “Baby”, she informed me, is FIVE! And no, not in months.  I seriously needed a few minutes to gather my composure and I’m sure she could tell by the look of sheer dumbfoundedness on my face.  It was quite amusing to her, I must say.  We both laughed and discussed how incredibly fast time flies when we are moms.

No matter whether someone is coming to see me for their second pregnancy or their fifth, it seems that almost no time has passed since their last visit.  It’s sort of like judging age; I’m getting to be terrible at that anymore, too!

Did I never overcome pregnancy brain or do our kids that make us this crazy?! Hmm..

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Posted on January 24th, 2015 by wombwithaviewblog.com

I’ve written it a hundred times..or seems like it! Someone sends me an image and wants to know if I can confirm gender. Sometimes I can tell, sometimes it’s clear as mud. I usually have to write back and give my spiel about unclear gender on ultrasound and how, because I wasn’t the one who scanned, I can’t see the whole uterus. Some images are just bad!

In ultrasound, we have either images that are beautiful which belong in a textbook and anyone with an eye for the modality can tell you what is pictured. Then there are terrible images where we just shrug our shoulders and wonder what someone was thinking when she snapped the image.

I’ll share this email from a reader and her image and attempt to give you an example here of clear vs not.

unsure mama:  Hello! I’m on my 4th pregnancy and my first 3 were clear as day regarding genders, all done after 20 weeks. But this one, however, my sonographer seemed like she was struggling to get a potty shot. I’m not sure of real fetal age due to bleeding the entire time until 14 weeks. My sonographer said the baby was breech and sunny side up? Baby was also measuring at 17weeks 4days. She hesitated but then said girl. I didn’t ask questions but I didn’t see lines or a turtle. Here’s the pic she gave me. What would you say? Any information will be greatly appreciated. I have one girl who is oldest and two sons.

image

wwavblogger:  Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll subscribe! So, like I typically say, if it’s not a perfect picture, I just can’t sign off on gender. That being said, it could very well be a girl and this just isn’t a great image. It looks like the view is one of baby crawling away from you, if you can put your imagination to work. Right above the arrow is where you would see the 3 dots, however, the dots can blur together if the image is not entirely clear.

I’ll include a link below where I show a baby girl in a similar position, just a little more to the side. Idea is the same. This one is clear and you can clearly see 3 dots here. You can also compare it to the twin brother shot in the same post, too!

http://wombwithaviewblog.com/twin-gender-update/

I don’t see obvious boy stuff hanging down like I would expect to see here!

Good Luck!
wwavblogger

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So, girl? Maybe! Boy? Sure can’t say it’s not!

My image in the link above that I sent her of girly parts you’ll find below. Which can you see better?

female gender

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Posted on January 21st, 2015 by wombwithaviewblog.com

When you bring family for your sonogram, your smallest ultrasound exam guests sometimes provide the best entertainment for us sonographers! I have posted some “kids say the funniest things” in the past. Most of the time when parents bring small children, especially for a lengthy ultrasound exam like the anatomy screen, it truly can be very distracting and disconcerting. Every once in a while, however, we have a child in the room who is simply entertaining…like the one who thought his baby sister looked “weally weird” from one of my most recent posts. He said, he was NOT making the mistake of going to another sonogram. Hilarious.

A totally precious little girl was in today with her Latino family. She must have asked me a million questions. The exam I had to do was pretty short and sweet, so it didn’t require too much brain power. Fortunately, I could indulge her a little. Every time Grandma thought she was talking too much, she would tell her in Spanish to stop and pay attention. That would work for about thirty solid seconds before the onslaught of more questioning. She was so cute and smart and SO well-spoken for only four!

For those of you who have had a sonogram later in the third trimester, you know how big Baby looks on the monitor. My little guest sees the baby’s abdominal circumference fill the image. Out of total quiet she exclaims, “My baby cousin has a really big head…and her butt is GRANDE!”

Any kid who can make me laugh out loud can visit me any day of the week! 😉

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Posted on August 8th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

When a patient told me today she worried about her follow-up ultrasound scan for an entire month I knew I needed to address this issue.

This scan was ordered by her doctor 4 wks after her anatomy screening ultrasound and the patient thought something was wrong with her baby.  When she revealed this, I tried to ease her anxiety by explaining the protocol of these examinations.  On the anatomy screen we have a whole checklist of maternal and fetal anatomy to measure and document.  When parts on our list are limited, and oftentimes they are, most doctors will typically bring the patient back a month or so later for a second attempt to complete the checklist.  Adequate visualization of all these structures relies on so many variables, especially fetal position.  Most of you already know that if Baby is facing your back, we just can’t obtain that portrait for which you’ve been so desperately waiting.  It also means we can’t document all the facial structures we’d  like to see.  Another example is when Baby is lying on her back; in this position, we cannot evaluate the spine adequately.

Limited visualization is very different from questioning an abnormality.  When this happens, your doctor discusses the problem in question at your very next visit, answers any questions you have and refers you to a Perinatologist, a high-risk OB doc, for an evaluation of the suspected problem and recommendation for treatment.  Every doctor manages their patients a little differently, but this is how our docs handle this issue in our practice. There are many things we see on a regular basis that are quite minor that we follow-up and manage ourselves but your doctor knows when you need a high-risk assessment.

So, if you’ve gone in for your anatomy screen recently and you didn’t get to see this:

SONY DSC

Don’t panic!

Maybe Sweet Pea will let you see his great profile next time:)

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Posted on August 6th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Young kids are always accompanying their parents to the ultrasound to see their new sibling on the monitor. Honestly, unless they are over the age of four, interest steadily declines and sometimes rather quickly as soon as the lights shut off. Mom and Dad want them to be more interested than they truly are.  At 2 and 3 they simply are in the age of “me” and actually could care less about whether their new baby sister or brother, the one they’ll torment for years to come, can be seen on the “TV”.  Furthermore, if they do comprehend what a baby really is, the one on the monitor sure doesn’t look like any baby they’ve ever seen!

Parents try to come as prepared as possible with iPads in hand, games and snacks. Sometimes none of it matters and they scream and carry on until it’s over or grandma hauls him out. Every once in a while I’ll have a little visitor who is so cute, I just want to keep him with me all day. Today I had one such little guy. He was 3, barely understandable and so stinking cute. The kids who are quiet are usually intimidated by the surroundings and are fearful Mom is going to be hurt. I usually break the ice by offering them to feel the gel. I hold out a gloved finger with a big glob on it. I’ll make a game out of it and even if they are grossed out initially, very soon they are asking for a squirt.

Little man did just the same today. After a bit he got comfortable with me and asked what his baby sister was doing in there. I replied she was swimming. I didn’t understand most of anything he said…except that his baby sister was a fish. He said it over and over and over again. And the more we laughed, the more he said it. Of course, he knew he had a baby sister in there before anyone else did.  I swear I just think they have a connection with one another! We confirmed it was a sister and he kept reiterating “Baby sister a fish.”

I gave him his very own picture of Baby Sister to keep for himself. Kids just love that and I made a new little friend. He walked out of my room and looking up at me with a big smile kept repeating all the way down the hall that his baby sister was still indeed a fish. Too darned cute!

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Posted on August 1st, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

You’ve been ticking off days for months. God forbid if you have to put a big fat X on your EDD (the anxiously-awaited Estimated Due Date) as you watch this day come…and go. It’s just wrong!

We know pregnancy is different for everyone. Some people feel great while others…well, just don’t. Every mom watches the calendar in anticipation of Baby’s arrival. However, the days seem to get slower the worse you feel, and slower, and  s  l  o  w  e  r. Sometimes, you wonder how you can possibly go another day without splitting in two. You’re not alone.

You’re over it, and that’s okay. Toss any thoughts of guilt right into that Diaper Genie you just unboxed. I still remember the misery of pressure from standing too long. My piggie toes swelled like little sausages, and that vista had long disappeared below the horizon of that foreign belly in front of me. The full waddle was on, and 90% of my diet consisted of Tums. At least they were fruit-flavored. I was sick. of. being. pregnant. Consequently, I could so appreciate this sentiment in my weekly patients.

 

Weekly Scans Before My Due Date (EDD)?

 

After all my years in ultrasound, I discovered there exists an understandable progression of waning interest in the technology as a pregnancy advances. You might ask, “Is this really a thing?” Oh, yes. It’s especially true of those moms who are forced to visit us every single week after 32 Weeks. For those moms, there are other medical conditions that warrant routine observation of Baby. The culprit might be high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, multiples, or any number of potential complications.

This exam is called the BPP or Biophysical Profile, a way to observe and evaluate fetal well-being. It’s a great way for your doc to decide if she/he needs to intervene before that infamous EDD.

The natural order of declining sonogram excitement goes a bit like these real comments from my patients:

 

  • “How soon can I have my first ultrasound?” – Asked from the + pee stick or first doctor’s visit

 

  • “How soon can I have my next ultrasound?” – Typical inquiry immediately after the first ultrasound

 

  • “When can we look again?” – Asked as soon as the gel is wiped off from the 18 – 20 Week diagnostic anatomy screen

 

  • “Do I get another one?” – A late 2nd trimester inquiry after the anatomy screen follow-up

 

  • “Oh, yay!! I get to have ultrasounds every week!” – Early 3rd trimester

 

  • “This is so great. I can’t wait to see her every week!” – A few weeks of excitement

 

  • “What?? Do I really have to come in twice a week?” – Response to bi-weekly Biophysical Profiles until delivery

 

  • “This was fun at first, but I’m getting tired. And my feet hurt!” – One month left

 

  • “Okay, poke me with a fork – I’m over it.” – The dreaded final two weeks before her EDD

 

It’s so funny to me how parents positively can’t wait for their ultrasounds in the beginning. Some actually argue with their physicians to have scans earlier than they need them (they have a gender party to plan!). Initially, the feeling is so surreal and powerful –  this is your baby, and you can actually see his or her heart beating. Incredible. You think it’s something you could positively never tire of watching.

But after a while, especially if Baby never cooperates with cute face shots, the family loses interest. They quit accompanying you on your ultrasound visits, and all the fun oozes right out the door. Patients start to feel as though the monitor just plays the same movie of passing gray clouds over and over. They just can’t see a thing that looks like Baby. Of course, it’s different when Baby likes to pose for the camera.

It’s okay to feel “over it.” I promise I won’t take it personally that you are sick of seeing me every week! “Oh, no, not you again.” We sonographers get it. The gel has dried up, and you can’t see below the equator anymore. I do believe the Man Upstairs or Mother Nature has a way of making pregnancy miserable for most of us toward the end. If it didn’t get tough, we might be all too content with baby inside – afraid to face the unknown of labor.

When our Due Date rolls around and we leave a puddle of sweat everywhere we go, seeing our babies in shades of gray is cool. But color is better. And peeing ourselves? Well, that’s the last straw.

Where’s that eject button?

Thanks for reading and hope your baby is right on time!

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Posted on July 12th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Technology has its pros and cons. We THINK we want to know the second we conceive…but do we really? When all we can see is early first trimester sacs, your doc cannot confirm the pregnancy is off to a good start. At least not until we can see an embryo and strong heartbeat at 6 Weeks. Some patients find out that (often times) ignorance is bliss. The wait is long and miserable! This is why your doc will elect to scan you around Week 7 or 8.

Early First Trimester Sacs – Week 4

Very early in the pregnancy, less than 4 Weeks gestational age, we can’t see a thing. To clarify, we start to see a gestational sac at around 4 Weeks. This sac will measure only about 2mm and will literally appear as a tiny black blip within the uterus. All we can report at this time is that we think it’s an early sac.

Week 5

Monumental changes are happening every week!  At 5 Weeks pregnant, we see a much bigger sac. However, it’s only enough information to say, yes, the sac has grown, it measures around 5 Weeks, and that is good. Around 5 1/2 Weeks, we should see the presence of a yolk sac. It looks like a little circle inside of the sac and provides nutrients for Baby who is still too tiny to see by ultrasound. Below is about a 5 1/2 Week pregnancy of twins (obviously! Dichorionic/Diamniotic or fraternal).

Yolk Sacs, 5 Weeks pregnant, twin pregnancy, early first trimester sacs

 

Week 6

6 Weeks pregnant, 6 Week ultrasound, 6 Week embryo

By the next week at 6 Weeks gestation, an embryo measuring about 3.5mm with cardiac activity should be seen! A nice, round yolk sac and a bigger gestational sac factor into what we expect for this exam. Baby is still very tiny, and it can be difficult to visualize well if the embryo is lying against the wall of the gestational sac.

At 7 Weeks we can see a little better, and Baby is a few mm larger. But 8 Weeks usually gives us a great image of what we want to see!

Week 8

Baby, on your 8 Week ultrasound, is much easier to measure at this point.

8 Weeks pregnant, 8 Week ultrasound, early first trimester

Isn’t the growth in two weeks incredible?!!!

It’s all a process of Mother Nature. It can’t be rushed, and only time will tell if your pregnancy is growing appropriately! If you think you are farther along by your LMP (last menstrual period) dates, we perform an ultrasound, and we don’t see what we expect, it can feel like such a long wait! There’s no way to know whether the pregnancy may not be progressing normally or whether you may just be too early!

It’s so hard to wait. And it may feel like the longest week or two of your life before your doctor orders another scan!

What most women do (and I caution you to not!) is to talk to friends and family and search Dr. Google furiously for what to expect. Only no article or blog post can predict the outcome, and only that next scan will (hopefully!) give you answers.

Here’s sending you best wishes and much-needed patience to all you expectant moms out there!

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Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Sometimes my patients crack me up with their need to vent and their stories that follow. Whether it’s family, work, kids, friends, or strangers ruffling their feathers, it brings a bit of humor to my otherwise medically-infused day.

I called back my next patient – a late third-trimester mama who was about 37 Weeks. She huffed and puffed the entire exam about how tired she was, how she couldn’t be more ready to have this baby, and how frustrated she was with her spouse’s lack of help – with everything from kids, to cleaning, to dinner. It was last call at this pregnancy party for her, and she had had enough.

“Ya know, husbands just SUCK! The first time around, it was all ‘Let me rub your toes.’ Now I look over, and he’s snoring!” She was so disgusted with her husband and so funny. I literally laughed from the moment she climbed onto my table. It’s a good thing I could perform her exam in my sleep. I always loved the patients who made me laugh!

All I can say is don’t mess with a mama laden with full-term hormones! You’re simply on the losing end of that battle. Spouses, you better make her happy, give her what she wants, and pamper her in any way you can!

We all know that when mama is happy, everybody is happy;)  And don’t let your spouses forget it!

 

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Posted on June 29th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Internet Pregnancy Advice Isn’t Always So Reliable!

I know it’s such a difficult temptation to resist, but Dr. Google really isn’t the best doc to consult when you’re experiencing questionable symptoms. Especially, not when it comes to pregnancy, and practices across the country see it every week. Relying on Dr. Google for internet pregnancy advice only opens a can of worms causing more fear and worry…and more questions.

We’ve probably all done it at one time or another. Isn’t it just so easy to click on a Symptoms Checker or post your question onto your pregnancy group’s community forum? Maybe someone else has experienced the same thing, it turned out to be nothing, and your fears can be put to rest? The problem is that no one else in the world is you — or your baby.

We would see this quite a bit in the practice I worked for — a patient is given ultrasound results by her doctor, she goes home to Google the information, and then calls back to the office in a complete panic over what she’s read. The internet is filled with more information than we need and more than applies to you in your pregnancy. You are likely causing yourself more worry than necessary.

TMI

What you’re getting in your internet searches is the whole spectrum of findings and worse-case scenarios. This is also the case on almost every blog and site, no matter how credible. In your forums, you have other pregnant moms with no medical background, all discussing their results with only partial knowledge of her case and missing links. At the end of the day, twenty people experiencing pain may yield seven different outcomes. And because people gauge their symptoms differently, there’s no way for you to compare their level of pain to your own.

You know, as humans, we’re a bit flawed in our thinking. We tend to convince ourselves of what we believe to be true, whether that information holds water or not. The last thing you want is to read something which convinces you that you don’t need to call your doctor when you really should have. Don’t convince yourself a problem isn’t real; let her staff ask the important questions and determine whether you need to be seen!

The Best Advice!

Your doctor is your best resource for managing your pregnancy and any potential problems which may be associated. Only she/he holds your chart full of pertinent medical information about you and your baby. Your obstetrician can examine you and listen properly for your Baby’s heart tones or perform an ultrasound. Only your doc can advise you on what the next step should be or determine if ordering further testing is warranted. Whatever your concern, discuss it with your obstetrician or other healthcare professional managing your care.

And in case you’re more concerned with bothering your doctor after hours, this is precisely the reason for on-call staff around the clock! Your physician is your best advocate. He would rather you ask him (or his qualified staff) than your friends or family.

*FYI*
If you begin to experience your symptoms early in the day, don’t wait to call until midnight!
(To clarify, this doesn’t mean not to call because it’s midnight — just not to wait!)
 Don’t wait to see if your problem will go away. They’ll want to know about it sooner than later!
Also, you don’t want to put off treatment if you need it.

Remember this. Dr. Google cannot lay hands on you, examine you with his handy-dandy speculum, advise you, console you, or discuss test results. This is why you have an obstetrician. Moreover, Dr. Google didn’t attend so many years of medical school and surely won’t be the one to catch your precious bundle of joy on his or her birthday.

Direct all your concerns to one who will be — that’s why she’s in the baby business!👶

You can email me at wombviewerblog@gmail.com with any questions!

 

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Posted on June 28th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

As a kid, I used to go swimming at a friend’s house and I’ll never forget the sign posted on their cabana.

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This is our swimming ool.

Notice there’s no p in it.

Let’s keep it that way.

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I always thought it was so funny and clever! And her mother meant it, with all her Italian beauty and ferocity, threatening us that we better not do it! I have to laugh at that memory.

That brings me to a pool that most definitely contains some “p” and lots of it. I’m, of course, referring to the amnion.

For people who don’t already know this, you may be grossed out. However, this function proved necessary in order for us all to get here! Since we’ve all had to drink a little pee in the past, let’s talk some physiology. The amnion is predominantly made up of fetal urine, and it is one of the things we evaluate on ultrasound. Baby starts to swallow amniotic fluid later in the first trimester. During the anatomy screen, we look for fluid in the fetal bladder and stomach so that we know baby is swallowing and the kidneys are functioning properly. We also evaluate the amniotic fluid level.

Anything fluid on ultrasound appears black, so the stomach, bladder, and amniotic fluid are black.  Patients will typically ask, “What is that hole?,” when really it is a fully-distended stomach or urinary bladder they are seeing. Below you’ll see an image of a full fetal bladder.

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So, there ya go, Mrs. Pat. Pee in the pool is a good thing;)

 

 

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Posted on June 28th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

One of my favorite sayings of all time, from some of my favorite patients of all time! The phrase was new to me until this week when two different patients used it in the same week. The first was from a new patient and the second from one of my favorite couples ever. The phrase? Soup coolers! And soup coolers refers to…wait for it…Baby’s lips! Let me clarify. I’m talkin’ about big beautiful perfect lips, ripe for lots of sugar after Baby’s grand entrance. Or exit. However you’d like to look at it!

With a really great profile, we can obtain great images of the soft tissue of your baby’s face like the tip of the nose and lips. And that’s just what we got on my patient’s scan today. I called them luscious! Daddy called them soup coolers. Hilarious!

Most of you know that ultrasound images can be quite magnified, so sometimes parts can appear a little generous in size. I think there’s no doubt that this baby has some of the most precious soup coolers around! And Mom was happy to share them:)

This precious little pumpkin below is about 33 Weeks. The first two are 2D images, and the other three are 3D. Love ’em! Loved this couple, and miss them so much! They simply made my day each and every visit. And if they ever see this post, they’ll know exactly who they are:)

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Posted on June 18th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

I would love to share this really funny experience with one very over-protective Dad.

A couple of years ago, I had a patient who was coming in every week for BPPs or Biophysical Profiles as they are called. I explain this exam in greater detail in the link above, but it is simply a way to determine the well-being of a fetus by scoring the baby on his/her movements. We also measure Baby’s amniotic fluid and monitor Baby’s weight, as well.

During these scans, babies are sometimes napping…or maybe lazy. Sometimes we have to “force” a little movement by nudging baby which we accomplish by poking at mom’s tummy. If Baby is REALLY asleep, we sometimes have to poke quite a bit. I, of course, always ask Mom if I am hurting her. And I’m surely not hurting Baby. Your Little Love Bug is well protected by the amnion and fluid and mom’s uterus which is, essentially, one big muscle. But Dad, on this particular day while joining Mom for the visit, felt that I was — and he let it be known.

I start poking around on Baby and Dad pipes up saying, “You need to stop that. You’re pushing too hard.” I assured him that I wasn’t and asked Mom again if I was hurting her. She actually laughed a bit, stated she was fine and instructed me all to just continue doing what I needed. She also tried to calm Dad, but he wasn’t having it. After a little more vigorous poking, Dad said, “You’re gonna cause Shaken Baby Syndrome!” Some Dads joke about this, but this one was serious. Mom laughed out loud, and I reassured Dad that Baby was well-protected in there. We certainly would never do anything to, intentionally or otherwise, cause harm to his little one.

He eased up but wasn’t happy about it. He was starting his job early…over-protective of his baby girl before she ever even arrived.

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Posted on June 15th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

First, I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to a reader who recently delivered!👶 I love answering your ultrasound questions. I love it more when I actually help a reader. This is what she had to say…

Hi! I hope you had a lovely time on your holidays. Just had to say I had a little boy at 38+5, and he was a MASSIVE 8lb 7oz :)  Not half as bad as I imagined. Many thanks for your help to me!

Feedback and Your Ultrasound Questions…

I’m always excited to get your feedback! The whole point of my blog is to answer questions you have about ultrasound accurately. Considering the vast forums on pregnancy where everyone chimes in on their personal experiences, taking to heart unreliable information has the potential to do harm to you or your baby. Everyone is an expert; everyone has an opinion. Though I believe most genuinely care and try to help, I have found much about ultrasound to be misleading or incorrect in some way.

I have loved breaking the news to expectant parents about whether they would be shopping for pink or blue! And I’ll still be happy to try to decipher someone else’s images for my readers. In my effort to bring to you factual and truthful information about your ultrasound examinations, part of that truth is doing my best to help you understand your exam. Ultrasound will always be, first and foremost, a medical examination of mother and child. Your sonographer needs enough quiet and concentration to ensure your baby appears healthy! Afterwards, break out the party hats, and let’s have some fun!🎉 Of course, the level of fun completely depends on how photogenic your new addition is feeling that day. Poo, sometimes, it just isn’t what you expected, even when you lost sleep in anticipation😫

That said, the highlight of many workdays revolved around very happy couples who were mindful of why they were there, so happy to be expecting, and loaded with ultrasound questions! I love to impart  ultrasound knowledge to anyone willing to learn it. If I could also deliver a few awesome keepsake images of their future addition and enjoy a few laughs in the process, all the better. I still feel honored to have been a third objective party who was privileged to orchestrate it all!

Best wishes for a beautiful experience!

Email wombviewerblog@gmail.com with your comments, questions, pics and suggestions!

I’ll do my best to answer them for you!

 

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Posted on May 24th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Today’s post is all about ribs but not the kind we love to bathe in barbecue sauce. It’s all about fetal ribs today.

Bone on ultrasound shows up white because it is very dense. Water, on the other hand, is the opposite and shows up black. Ultrasound cannot travel through bone, so as your baby’s bones become more dense, they cast a shadow behind them. Viewing certain parts behind them become a challenge, like the heart.

Next time you have a scan, notice the appearance of  baby’s bones. Look for the perfect black lines of the shadow behind the bone. Notice we cannot see anything in that shadow. Therefore, anything that lies behind bone is not well seen.

Take a look at the image of this baby’s ribcage below. Notice the arrows pointing to the white dots which represent the fetal ribs and the black shadow that follows each one. Ultrasound 101. You’re quite welcome!

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Posted on May 22nd, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

EFW or Estimated Fetal Weight

Here’s an email I received from a UK reader asking about determining Baby’s estimated fetal weight or EFW. Read on for my response!

reader:  Hi, I was just wondering how accurate scans are at estimating weight? I’m 36 weeks +1, and I had a growth and reassurance ultrasound today. Baby was perfect :), and they estimated 7 lbs. This is my 4th child, and the only full-term baby I’ve had was my last. He was 7 lb 10 ozs. I am a little worried this baby is going to be a 9-pounder and that I’m going to have a difficult labour. This is my last baby, so I really don’t want to spend these last weeks worrying over nothing. Any info would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks in advance. I love reading your blog!

wwavb:  I love my UK readers! First, let me say I am happy you found my blog and are enjoying it. Thank you so much for saying so! I hope you’ll spread the word!

Now on to your question. I’m unsure what the discrepancy is in the UK for fetal weight. Our machines may be calibrated slightly differently here in the states. That said, 1 lb +/-  is not unheard of and sometimes can be greater depending on the level of skill of your sonographer and fetal position. These factors can make measuring baby more difficult and less accurate, which is precisely why it’s called “estimated.”

If your baby is at 50% or thereabouts, it means he is average in size and will gain, on average, about
1/2 lb/wk until delivery. If your baby is measuring bigger then average (which I wouldn’t know without seeing the individual % for each measurement), it’s feasible Chunky Monkey could gain a little more each week.

Just know that if this baby ends up being larger doesn’t mean you’ll have problems delivering!

Cheerio!

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It’s also important to note that if your baby is measuring smaller than average, his or her weight gain will likely equal less than that 1/2 lb/wk estimate. Everyone wants to mentally prepare for what they are going to have to push out which is totally understandable!

Best wishes for a quick and easy labor and delivery!

wombviewerblog@gmail.com for your questions and pics:)

 

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Posted on May 21st, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

What’s in a Fetal Umbilical Cord?

The fetal umbilical cord is made up of two arteries and one vein. This is one of the important bits of information we obtain during your anatomy screen or the scan most get at 18 – 20 Weeks. A great image of the cord is seen below. Many patients will ask if those are bubbles floating in the amniotic fluid. Nope! No air in there, remember?!

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Notice the fetal umbilical cord circled in yellow below (along with boy stuff!):

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You may sometimes see your sonographer add “color” to Baby’s cord (except that this one is black & white):fetal umbilical cord

Typically, we apply blue to the vein and red to the arteries. This color flow capability just allows us to see the vessels better and to evaluate the flow within them. This is mostly performed in the 3rd Trimester.

SUA or Single Umbilical Artery

Sometimes, only one artery develops; babies can grow just fine in those cases. Usually, if your baby has a two-vessel cord or SUA, single umbilical artery (as they are commonly referred to), your doctor may request serial ultrasounds to follow Baby’s growth over the course of your pregnancy. Often, your doc may request you schedule serial BPPs from 32 Weeks until delivery.

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We can never see all the cord from placental to fetal insertion later in the pregnancy. Baby gets to be too big, and we see only segments of the cord here and there. One question I’m routinely asked of patients is if the cord can be seen around the baby’s neck. Called a nuchal cord, sometimes we do see this, but it just isn’t something your doctors necessarily need to know. For more on the nuchal cord, click the link above.

Did this post strike the right chord with you?
(Okay, I’m really sorry — there’s just no excuse for a bad joke.)

Here’s to your healthy babies, Ladies!

Email wombviewerblog@gmail.com if you have any other questions!

 

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Posted on May 17th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Ultrasound – One Mom’s Opinion

I love receiving uplifting emails from readers! Your positive feedback inspires me to continue blogging and to look for more ways to inform you about your fetus and you! Accurate ultrasound information and the safety facts that you need to know for the health of mom and baby make up my highest priority for my blog!

facial profile, 18 Weeks pregnant, ultrasound

Additionally, your questions offer great content to share with other readers. I encourage all my readers (subscribers or not) to share your ultrasound stories, comments, images, photos of your fetus, and ultrasound questions at wombviewerblog@gmail.com. Furthermore, your experience may even help another mom-to-be with her search. I hope you’ll read, enjoy, and subscribe to my blog to find answers for all your ultrasound questions!

An Ultrasound Opinion from One Fellow Healthcare Worker to Another

nurse and mom-to-be:  Hello!! I must say I love your blog and wit!! Patients are so lucky to have such a skilled sonographer like you. I must say I’ve experienced both. My last one we met  (18 Week ultrasound) was great, 20+ years experience and worked with higher-acuity patients, too. She respected our wishes and wrote down the sex with a picture for us to open later. She asked us to leave the room so she could analyze the image. We also asked her track record and she says she does not reveal if not sure. She labeled every body part for us and thoroughly educated us, as I’m sure you do, too!! I’ve been a nurse for 10 years so I can only imagine the questions you get!  Love the idea of your site – you really utilize your talent and help us crazy pregnant ladies!!

Best wishes and I’m now a subscriber (and huge fan), yay!

wwavb:  Hi! Thank you so much for reading and your kind words! AWESOME!! I’ve worked two years on content, and I would love to make my site into a book one day!!  I think it would be an entertaining read for anyone and a great shower gift for new moms:) Your great feedback was a great Mother’s Day gift, by the way!

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Posted on May 8th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

I LOVE IT!  What a breath of fresh air I received from a reader – someone who actually wants to avoid fetal sex determination! Now, don’t get me wrong. Though I held off on the potty shot for my first, I was a full-time certified sonographer working several years by the time the second came along. I personally couldn’t wait to see for myself. I even scanned myself in the process (we all do this, by the way)!

This post comes from someone who definitely fits into Club Minority. She wanted to wait for The Stork, but that was just not good enough for everyone else in her family!

distressed mama:  Hello, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. From everyone’s posts, I can see that I am in the minority — my husband and I want to be surprised with the sex of the baby on the day I deliver.
We got the anatomy scan a few weeks ago, and the tech was very respectful of our wishes. She didn’t reveal the sex to us, and we left with the attached pictures.
We sent my sister the top picture in a text message. Upon seeing it, she immediately said, “I think I know what it is…,” and blurted out her guess. That really bothers me because it seems that the rest of my family believes her and is taking her opinion as fact. I still don’t want to find out, but I don’t want anyone else to be so certain that they know, either!
Based upon the first picture in the set of 3 I’m sending, is the sex of the baby obvious to you? I figure that if you can’t tell, then my sister who is NOT a trained ultrasound tech can’t tell, either!
Thanks for your blog, it’s always fun to hear what you think about these ultrasounds from “the other side” of the wand!
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wwavblogger:  I LOVE IT!!  First things first. Absolutely, positively NO genitalia in that shot whatsoever! The black oval in the pelvis is baby’s bladder and I’m guessing she thinks she sees something just above that which is a very small section of umbilical cord at abdominal insertion. Either way, you are totally correct in that if I can’t see parts, neither can anyone else! Tell your fam they have a 50/50 shot at guessing;)

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Everyone the expert, right? And, yes, the desire is overwhelming for patients to know gender as soon as the pee stick shows +. However, sometimes the desire comes more from the family than the patient!

From the other side of the wand, I can tell you people often believe what they want to see, not what’s really there. Distressed Mom, be sure to let us know what The Stork drops at your door!
Thanks for reading!
Have a similar story? Do you desperately want a surprise?
Is your family driving you nuts with constant harrassment to find out?
If so, email me with your experience at wombviewerblog@gmail.com!

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Posted on May 7th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

The Pregnant Belly Comes in All Shapes

Pregnant bellies are as different as the people to whom they are attached. You just can’t compare your pregnant belly to anyone else’s, and no one else should, either. But that doesn’t stop some people from comparing pregnant belly size to their standards for small or big.

Why is it that one of the most sensitive times in a woman’s life is also the one total strangers choose to flood you with unsolicited opinion? Bank, grocery store, public restroom – you just want to pee, but someone you’ve never laid eyes on touches your belly, asks your due date, and (last but not least) chimes in on how your doc must have gotten it wrong. And just when you wonder from which aisle they found the nerve, co-workers and your not-so-favorite uncle aren’t much better. Considering we humans come in all shapes and sizes, why would our pregnant bellies be any different? Furthermore, if with age comes wisdom, why haven’t more people figured it out?

How Bellies Are Different

In my career, I’ve scanned bellies of every shape, size, and gestational age. No one can predict how far along you are by how you look. If we see them everyday and we can’t tell, neither can anyone else! There just is no perfect belly model into which to squeeze yourself. My experience with pregnant belly size can lend a few general observations. Hopefully, they’ll help you feel a little better about your own morphing baby belly.

Pregnant Bellies on the Small Side

If you are fortunate enough to be tall and lanky with a long torso, your uterus will have more room to grow up instead of out. This sounds like a blessing to most, but it usually results in women who don’t show very much. They end up getting hit with a barrage of questions like “Are you sure you are eating enough?” or “Is your baby too small?” or “Are you sure your baby is growing right?” These patients come in for their ultrasounds worried about their Baby’s growth and asking for confirmation of normal weight for Baby’s age.

Pregnant Bellies on the Bigger Side

Conversely, if you are one who is shorter in stature or with a short torso, your poor little uterus has only so much “up” room before it has no choice but to grow out. These patients are usually miserable by the end of their pregancy (of course, not always!). Your belly may feel heavier and can appear farther along. Sometimes, having too much amniotic fluid in the third trimester (quite common) can make your belly look bigger, too. Let me guess – you tend to get hounded with comments relating your belly to popping or exploding and questions like the old “Are you sure there aren’t two in there?” “Huge” is not a compliment.

Patients Vent Their Frustration

I always empathized with my patients when they expressed this frustration and worry. They end up questioning diet, weight gain, and their baby’s health. Maybe you’ve lost sleep or internalized someone’s thoughtless comments, too. I do genuinely believe most people mean well, however, they just don’t often consider the impact of their words. Of course, they should, but I guess that’s too much to hope for – a Utopia where everyone thought first and spoke second?

If you’re also inundated with insensitive comments, you should simply discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider. If your doc says you and Baby are just fine, let that be all the confirmation you need.

I jokingly suggested boxing therapy for my patients. What exactly is that, you say? I say if anyone is bold enough to hit you with unflattering, unsolicited, and unwanted comments, you have the right to blacken an eye, relative or not! Apologize profusely, and tell them hormones made you do it. Blame it on pregnancy reflexes (is that a thing?). I guess I really can’t encourage violence, but the thought is nice, right?

On the other hand, if you’re not into smackdowns, maybe a clever comeback will make them think twice. Hmm…how about something like, “Hey, how about that! My baby is almost as big as your beer gut.” Hopefully, the future sighting of any expectant mom makes them turn and run for cover.

I hope this helps!

Feel free to email me with your questions or stories!

 

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Posted on April 29th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Great 3D Ultrasound Images

Sometimes, beautiful 3D ultrasound pics are just effortless! Well, when I was finally able to get this baby girl to flip over, she was more than happy to pose for the camera. We asked; she listened. What a good baby girl! Let’s hope she listens as well when she’s two! (My youngest one didn’t — such a little pill!)

The result this day was just great imaging. Mom was 27w3d here which proves an optimal time for a 3D scan. Of course, all the other factors have to line up, as well. Every mom hoping for some great 3D pics needs to have a nice pocket of fluid in front of Baby’s face.

2D facial profile, 3D ultrasound pics, 27 Weeks pregnant

Notice the black in front of her face here. This is one of the reasons we can see it so well with 2D imaging. But it’s also why we were able to obtain the beautiful 3D images you see below.

Babies have begun to develop some fat in their skin, so cheeks look a little more plump now.

3D ultrasound pics, 27 Weeks pregnant

 

3D ultrasound pics, 27 Weeks pregnant

 

Mom was happy to share:) Thanks, Mom! She’s a keeper!

Email your great 3D ultrasound pics! I’d love to post them on my site!

FYI – Before you visit a non-medical 3D business for your images, please read more on how to educate yourself before making your appointment and paying your money!

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Posted on April 26th, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

14 Weeks Gender & the Too-Early Guess

Read below for some props (thanks!) and a question about 14 Weeks gender from a new reader and subscriber:

First Email

reader:  Hi! I’m expecting my third little one in October. Before I ask my question, I just wanted to say that I’ve been reading your blog for the past 3 hours while my kids are down for a nap. I love it! I went for a private 3D ultrasound on Monday, and he said it was a girl! We are so excited because we have two little boys already. I’ve heard so many horror stories since I had it done, and I’m terrified he was wrong. I clearly see ‘three lines’, but I’m no ultrasound technologist. What do you think? Thanks in advance! I’ve already subscribed, and I’m excited for more!

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wwavb:  Hi! First, let me say thanks so much for reading and subscribing. I’m so happy you are enjoying my (sometimes) sense of humor. I really am very honored that you spent three hours of your own personal quality time reading my stuff! Very cool.

So, I am going to guess that you are maybe 14 Weeks? 15? Please write back and let me know. Maybe you have already come across some of my posts. You may already be familiar with my opinion of these ultrasound drive-thrus! Baby looks a bit small in these images, like you may be a little early to determine gender.

If you are less than 18-20 Weeks, wait to paint! This is really the best time (and later) to determine gender, and those images are not proof enough to me to paint pink just yet. Please know I am not telling you he’s wrong, I just cannot concur based on these images.

Second Email

reader:  You’ve guessed correctly! I was 14 Weeks in this ultrasound and did, in fact, read your posts about the drive-thrus. I must say, if I’d had know your opinion before, I probably would’ve waited. He told me he was 75% sure it was a girl and to come back in two weeks for another look for free. I’m definitely not convinced that it is a girl, nor have I bought anything pink. I do hope that it is, though! Thanks for your input!

wwavb:  I hope so, too! Pink is so much fun to buy, and you could use some estrogen in your family! Feel free to email me again when you go back and then again when you go for your diagnostic anatomy screen at 18-20 Weeks. 😉 I’d love to tell you pink, too. Thanks again for reading.

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To anyone who is reading now or in the future, don’t let anyone take your money to guess gender at 14 Weeks. It truly is a guess, and anyone has a 50/50 shot without looking at all, right?! Please be sure to read my post above on non-medical, elective ultrasound businesses. It’s so important all moms are educated on the safety issues regarding some of them.
My best advice is to wait to buy pink or blue and wait to paint. Also, (by all means) ensure you have a real ultrasound professional scanning you.
Have a great day!
Be sure to email your questions, stories, or pics to wombviewerblog@gmail.com!

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Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Mistaken Fetal Gender Guesses

It’s possible. We’ve all heard a story or two, right? Being too early in gestational age is one way to ensure mistaken fetal gender guesses. Baby insisting on keeping still in a difficult position doesn’t help, either. There’s more at stake here than just being “wrong.” Parents start to identify with being a mom or dad to a new baby girl as soon as you speak the words. Thoughts jumpstart to dance recitals and her wedding day. Dads immediately daydream of the fishing partner they always wanted, or they run out to buy his first tiny baseball glove.

These are strong emotional ties that often get broken when someone casually throws out the gender card on ultrasound. Beyond the need to return some beloved items, comes the sometimes feelings of guilt or loss when the true gender is identified.

How “Mistaken Identity” Affected One Mom:

reader:   This is my second pregnancy and I am 18 Weeks. At my 20 Week ultrasound of my first pregnancy, I was told by the head ultrasound doctor (radiologist?) that it was definitely a girl, and I picked out a girl’s name. I ended up going into labor early at 30 weeks.

At the hospital while an ultrasound was being done, I kept asking if she was ok. The poor tech said, “Why do you keep saying she? Were you told it was a girl?” We said yes. She said, “Well, I see a scrotum. I’m going to get the Dr.” So, it turns out we were the first time this head doctor ever got it wrong, and now we are legend at his hospital.

We were already calling the baby by the girl’s name we picked, and I had a really hard time with the news. The only way I can describe it is like I had to grieve this little girl I had in my head that was suddenly gone. I wouldn’t change a thing about the amazing toddler boy I have now. But at the time, I was a wreck. Needless to say, I don’t want to go through that again. I was told today that the baby is a girl (again), and it is hard for me to believe. So, I just want to see what you think!

18 Weeks pregnant, female gender, mistaken fetal gender

 

wwavblogger:  Wow! Your story is EXACTLY the reason I implore sonographers to give careful and cautious consideration when determining gender!

I learned many years ago that even if I say I am not sure but give a “possibly,” parents are already thinking ballet slippers and pink tutus or sailboats and whales! It’s so true.  It’s just an emotional attachment you begin to develop as soon as an inkling of pink or blue is mentioned.

 Now, not having scanned you real-time myself, looking at one single image can be tricky. By this image only, it looks like dance recitals may be in your future! It does appear like the typical three lines we see in a baby girl. Just know that I can’t guarantee it, though! PLEASE, send me another image of gender every time you have another scan in this pregnancy, especially since she already has the perfect name!
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Did you or someone you know experience a case of mistaken identity by ultrasound?
If so, feel free to email all about it at wombviewerblog@gmail.com!

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