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Got Some Precious Ultrasound Images?

Okay, so what do all you moms-to-be out there do before Baby gets here? Show off your great ultrasound images, right?!

Well, I’d love to see them, too. Email me those shots near and dear to your heart to wombviewerblog@gmail.com, and show off your little punkin’ to the world at the same time. Baby’s face, profile, 2D, 3D, hands, feet, or even your 4D video clips would all be perfect to post. And if you also have great shots of male or female fetal sex, send those, too!

I’ve personally taken some really great pics over the years. Baby yawning, sticking out the tongue, puckering those lips, and even flipping the bird! Who doesn’t love a cute set of baby toes? How about a ton of hair? If you got it, flaunt it! We moms like to brag on our cute kids, so it may as well start before they even get here.

(Full disclosure! Uploading your images means you consent to my using them for promotion of my blog or future books. As always, I keep your privacy private omitting all identifying info. Can’t wait to see them!)

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Questionable Gender Guesses – One Mom’s Email

I can scan them all day long but, I can promise you, no woman in this world would want me at home plate wearing the catcher’s mitt. That being said, MOST docs (granted, not all) do not make the best sonographers.

Some docs try to scan a little more than others and feel comfortable in some aspects of the modality.  At the end of the day, however, most call on their sonographers for reliable ultrasound information. Unless they are perinatologists (high-risk OB docs), most obstetricians are not vastly trained on the equipment to the extent of an experienced sonographer nor do they know how to obtain particular images. We have an aviator’s panel of knobs and buttons that help us in obtaining quality ultrasound images.

Read an email below from a reader who was scanned by her doctor as he attempted to determine gender:

mama-to-be: First of all, I love your blog. It took me forever to find it! I am a mother of three and expecting. I have two boys and one girl. I went in for my 17 week u/s scan just to make sure I was not further along. My doctor said that by how the baby was positioned, he could “guess” 80% that it was a BOY. But it could also be the umbilical cord that’s in the way. Baby was giving us his back at all times and my question to you is, based on these u/s pictures, can you tell gender?????!!!

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wwavb:  Thanks for reading and I’m so happy you are enjoying my blog! I hope you’ll subscribe for future posts. First, if you do a search for gender determination on my site, you’ll find several topics on the subject…especially ones that say if the image isn’t a good one, I can’t tell a thing. I am sorry to say these images for gender certainly fall into that category! Physicians are not always the best sonographers, so don’t go painting blue yet. And I can provide that advice with 100% confidence!

Please feel free to send me images again later in the pregnancy if they are able to get a great potty shot.  I’m sorry I couldn’t help you more!

Best wishes,
wwavblogger, RDMS

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I really hate it when I can’t help someone who has taken the time to write me for my opinion but, holy cow, let me count the ways in which these images stink. Any seasoned OB sonographer reading this is laughing hysterically. Oh, well, we’ll give her doc a C for effort, but I am 100% confident that he should never be 80% confident about his scanning abilities and 100% confident that she should not paint her nursery in blue whales and sailboats just yet. I’m also 100% confident that he has a good 50% shot at being correct:)

I always joke with my doctors and tell them not to get too good at ultrasound because I need my job. Make no mistake about it, I sure can’t do theirs. And with images like the ones above, we’re talking serious job security for good sonographers everywhere!

 

3D Ultrasound Pics

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!

Sugar and Spice Delivered!

This is my first official delivery of a reader’s little bundle of joy!  So sweet of her to share with me and I feel honored 🙂

Here is a before and after of her precious little punkin’!  Congrats and best wishes to the whole family and thank you for letting wwavb be a little part of this most special time in your life.

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Better Ultrasound Pictures?

“Can’t You Get Me Better Ultrasound Pictures?”

 

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My patient asked me this with a condescending tone and a tinge of nasty. Hmm, can I? You win more bees with honey. It’s certainly not required, but most sonographers try to obtain the best ultrasound pictures we can for a patient. When they ask so sweetly (cue sarcasm), these patients assume we didn’t try our hardest. This is only slightly irritating.

I am more than capable of taking incredible ultrasound pictures of your baby . . . if all the stars align. Sometimes, however, the answer to that question is a huge no when all the factors that go into obtaining a good image do not exist. And those conditions are different for each and every scan, regardless of whether it’s the same patient or same pregnancy for that patient.

always tried to give a patient great ultrasound images and would usually give as many images as I could possibly snap. I’ve sent patients out with an au revoir and ten or twenty images when just the right circumstance presented itself. Fortunately for these expectant moms, Baby was showing off, the patient and/or her family were great to work with, and I had plenty of time to play (maybe the next patient cancelled)! I always loved those occasions. However, those three variables change swiftly and drastically like the wind from one patient to the next.

When Ultrasound Pictures Aren’t the Best

Sometimes, the images a patient wants either cannot be obtained at all or appear fuzzy. This can be due to a number of factors.

  • Fetal cooperation IS the name of the game. Without this, cute pics simply are not gonna happen. Especially when baby is facing mom’s back, it then becomes very difficult for me to see the specific organs and structures that I need to document, much less be able to get cute pics for the patient. The prone fetus might look something like this:

 

breech fetus, prone fetus, ultrasound pictures

 

  • Baby needs to be facing upward toward Mom’s belly in order to see the face well. But a few caveats exist. If a nice pocket of fluid is found in front of Baby’s face with no placenta, limbs, or the cord in the way, we can typically get some really great shots of the facial profile. After all, we meet someone’s face, right?! And this is what patients want to see most. Without this shot, the patient usually leaves feeling a little empty-handed. Poo. I hate when this happens. I usually apologize and just say their baby simply did not want to cooperate that day. With Baby looking, a great profile might look something like these:

 

fetal profile, ultrasound pictures

fetal profile, ultrasound, ultrasound pictures

 

If the placenta is anterior (front side of the uterus), Baby’s face is sometimes smushed into it, like a pillow (this usually depends on gestational age and amount of amniotic fluid). Additionally, if the operator is not educated in ultrasound (some 3D businesses) or if the profile is not perfectly optimal, a profile image might look a little freaky and something like this:

ultrasound pictures, fetal profile

Mom worried about this appearance but wrote me later to say her baby’s face looked entirely normal after birth. Yay!

  • Also, the one major thing that can hamper images . . . extra weight around Mom’s middle. The more tissue the sound waves have to penetrate, the more fuzzy the image will be on the monitor. Thank Ultrasound Physics, but it’s something we can’t change. So, unfortunately, the more a patient weighs, the less likely it will be that good images can be obtained no matter what position baby is in. Same for 3D. We would never advise a patient not to have a 3D scan, but we know (in some circumstances) it simply will not be a great one. All we can do is just try to optimize the images to the best of our ability.

 

I know that some sonographers can be just downright unfriendly in their jobs. Believe me, I’ve worked with some of them! I’ve also had a handful of patients say the same about me. Unfortunately, we won’t ever win over everyone. Sometimes, it’s the sonographer with the attitude . . . difficult patient load, difficult cases, difficult physicians, little time for play. All these things make it tough for a sonographer to maintain a cheerful disposition and give a patient everything she expects. Are those factors the fault of his/her patients? Absolutely not! Until the patient doesn’t get what she expects . . .

Sometimes, it’s the patient who brings the attitude. A mix of great expectations versus the impossible mission can create a very unhappy patient. But is this always the fault of the sonographer? Again, absolutely not. We have policies to enforce and limited time. And we just can’t always determine fetal sex–for all the reasons above.

So, at the end of the day, we can jiggle, we can belly-poke, we can roll mom from one side to the other and stand her on her head. Sometimes, those stubborn babies just won’t budge!

“Can’t you get me better pictures?” About twenty times a week, I would just smile, apologize, and regrettably pass to her images of a hand and a foot . . . and a penis, if she’s lucky!

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