Posted on August 15th, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Whether one baby or more, we have great expectations for your ultrasound at 6 Weeks! Not everyone can expect to have an ultrasound at this early gestational age. If you do, however, the first thing you can expect is a transvaginal ultrasound. Yep. Babies are just too tiny as you’ll see below, so we need the magnification and better resolution of the vaginal probe.

We expect to see some pretty amazing changes brewing! This post is dedicated to 6 Week babies x 2, aka twins!

 

Twins at 6 Weeks

 

If you have followed the twin pregnancy from Week 5, this post is a continuation. Did we see two babies? Two heartbeats? YES! Yay! This was a great milestone! This is a dichorionic pregnancy, meaning both babies came from two separate eggs. This particular pregnancy produced “fraternal” twins. This, of course, means these babies can either be the same sexes or one from each camp, Teams Pink and Blue. Woohoo – that would be a fun shopping trip!

The gestational sacs at 6 Weeks were still discrepant from one another. We could not explain why the gestational sac of Baby A was smaller or why that of Baby B was larger. This finding still concerned us. However, the fact that we saw two strong heartbeats and two babies who measured essentially the same were both very reassuring! See the images below for measurements of the embryos.

 

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Baby A Embryo

You’ll note here that Baby A was measuring a whopping 3.5mm!

 

Embryo measurement at 6wks

Baby B Embryo

Baby B measured about the same at 3.4mm.

 

Now check out the heart rates!

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Baby A Heart Rate

This is the heart rate for Baby A. Note that it measures just over 100bpm which is a great start!

 

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Baby B Heart Rate

Baby B’s heart rate was just a tad faster at 109bpm. Both heart rates were just what we want to see – strong, steady, and rhythmic.

 

If you want to follow these twins, this link combines Week 7 and Week 8. you will be impressed at how much bigger they look in only one week’s time!

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Best wishes for healthy, and feel free to comment below!

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Posted on August 13th, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com

An unfortunate circumstance of pregnancy, especially a desired one, is the ectopic pregnancy. In this post, I’ll talk a little about what we look for with transvaginal imaging, and how they can sometimes be extraordinarily difficult to diagnose.

What’s An Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic (pronounced ek-top’-ik) pregnancy is one that is displaced. This type of pregnancy is one that implants somewhere other than within the lining of the uterus – where it’s supposed to be. An ectopic frequently occurs within the tube, commonly referred to as a tubal pregnancy. I’ve also seen them within the adnexa, usually the area between the ovary and uterus. Very rarely, a pregnancy attaches abdominally. (Rare and bizarre!)

How Do We Know to Look for an Ectopic?

Your low hCG Levels

One sign that leads us to look for an ectopic with ultrasound is a very low hCG level. Now, this alone is not alarming. It is, however, when combined with other factors. Your level of hCG should essentially double every two days in a normally-progressing pregnancy. If this isn’t happening, we become concerned that your pregnancy is not a good one.

LMP Dating Doesn’t Measure Up

Many women are unsure of their LMP. Maybe their periods are very irregular. However, if your periods are like clock-work and you are very sure of the first day of your last period, not seeing a pregnancy within the uterus at a time when we would expect to see one would worry us. For example, from about Week 5 on, we would expect to at least be able to confirm the presence of a gestational sac within the endometrium (lining of the uterus). See the image below for a super-early (~4 1/2 Weeks), normal intrauterine pregnancy:

If You Have Pain

If the above factors come into play and you also have pain, we increasingly become concerned for the possible presence of an ectopic. Too early in your pregnancy, even with an ectopic, you may not experience pain immediately. Even if you don’t, the other factors are enough to raise an eyebrow and spark the hunt. Typically, the pain occurs on the same side as the ectopic. You may be watched very carefully and followed with blood work and serial ultrasounds until we’ve either proven or disproven the ectopic. Physicians want these patients treated as soon as possible because they can pose a serious health risk for mom.

If We See Bleeding in the Pelvis

Another characteristic of an ectopic via ultrasound is the presence of free fluid or bleeding in the pelvis. A large collection of blood can be seen around the uterus and ovaries when the ectopic starts to bleed. We tend to raise both eyebrows when we see this and all the other factors mentioned above are part of the equation. The extra fluid tends to cause an increase in pain.

If We Find an Unexplained Mass in the Adnexa or Tube

Most of the time these pregnancies present as a mass somewhere outside of uterus, usually in the tube between the uterus and ovary. Either the pregnancy implanted in the tube on its journey to the uterus or it never made it to the tube at all. In these cases, the egg was released, but the “fingers” at the end of the tube failed to catch the little guy. Most often, these masses do not look like the typical normal pregnancy. The masses can be vague and difficult to see depending where in the pelvis they are located.

If You Have a History

Moreover, your doc may consider you at an increased risk of an ectopic if you present with all the above findings and a history. Your chances of having an ectopic may increase if you also have a previous history of an ectopic pregnancy, a history of endometriosis, a history of a tubal ligation, or get pregnant with an IUD in place. This may not be a complete list of risk factors.

My Experience as a Sonographer with Ectopic Pregnancy

I have had patients in the past where we just knew she MUST have an ectopic but try as we might, we just couldn’t see it right away. After a second, third, or even fourth scan were we finally able to confirm what we suspected.

I have also had the misfortune, only a couple of times in my whole career, of finding an ectopic pregnancy with an embryo and a heartbeat. Unfortunately, these pregnancies cannot be saved. They have to implant on their own and can’t just be “placed” inside of the uterus.

These scans can prove very challenging and definitely put one’s ultrasound ability and expertise to the test. Knowing what to look for and where is the biggest piece of the puzzle for all you newbie sonographers! (Google images of ectopic pregnancies. They will definitely help you if you’ve never scanned one before.)

What To Do

As I’ve said many times before, I cannot give specific pregnancy advice. However, I can confindently advise this. If you know you are early pregnant and begin feeling pain in your pelvis or back, call your doc ASAP! They will determine how soon they want to see you!

Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

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Posted on July 18th, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Myth or Fact?

Myth, myth, complete myth! After 26 years in the biz, it would be news to me – and to every other physician, engineer, and manufacturing company in relation to the technology. Not to mention those who have conducted biohazard testing in the field since over the past forty years.

Despite what you may have read or heard, regardless of where, this is a total falsehood. Read more about it here below! And please do not let this scare you away from your diagnostic scans.

What Exactly is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is just that. Ultra Sound, or sound waves that work at a frequency far beyond human hearing. Like a fish-finder one might use on a boat. Or sonar used by the military. Human hearing ranges from about 20Hz (Hertz) to 20,000Hz (or 20kHz). When it comes to creating an ultrasound image, we work in the MHz range or millions of Hertz. An OB probe ranges from about 2MHz – 13MHz.

Ultrasound is a department of Radiology within a hospital, but it does not emit radiation.

So, Who Thinks Ultrasound is Radiation?!

Apparently, someone who hasn’t done her homework. I was floored recently while doing research for my book when I came across a very popular pregnancy book (which will remain nameless…for now) who actually wrote that ultrasound is radiation.

She also claims that the Doppler used by physicians to obtain heart tones emits more radiation than scanning equipment! Wrong again, Doppler is ultrasound.

How does this happen? After all, she supposedly had the help of “knowledgeable” medical resources to write the book. Are they the only healthcare providers on the planet who don’t know Ultrasound is not X-Ray? And if not, why not?

I have no idea if this author has recanted this falsehood. I tried to Google it with no confirmation. If she did, I give her credit. If not, she owes an explanation and apology to her faithful readers and social media followers. She is incorrectly influencing millions of parents-to-be with this misinformation, and it’s not okay. She is adding needless fuel to the fire, and moms worry about enough as it is.

Additionally, she then goes on to advise moms to only have an ultrasound if they really want one but to not have more than they need. To me, this begs the question…is it radiation or is it okay?

I would like to think she did not intentionally mislead her readership. But as a published author, ignorance is no excuse.

What is Radiation?

It is a transfer of energy that also travels in waves. For example, radiation is found in light from the sun, microwaves, and X-Rays. But not sound waves. And, yes, exposure to radiation can cause cancer. One example is skin cancer from too much sun exposure.

Consider this. When you go to the dentist, what is the first thing asked of any woman? “Is it possible you might be pregnant?” If the answer is “Yes” or “I’m not sure,” they shield your belly to protect Baby from the minuscule dose of radiation from the super quick X-Ray of your teeth.

If an obstetrician’s job is to manage the health and care of Mother and Baby, and it is, why then would docs expose their patients directly to radiation? And what about sonographers? We all would be directly exposed numerous times a day, every week for the duration of our careers. None of us, patients nor sonographers times decades, have died from cancer due to ultrasound exposure.

Is Ultrasound Safe?

So far, with the prudent use of commercial technology, there have been no known bioeffects on the fetus, mother, or sonographer. Biohazard testing over decades has demonstrated the creation of heat in fetal tissues during higher than recommended settings and extended scanning times. The long-term effects are still being studied. Therefore, it is the feeling of ACOG (the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACR (American College of Radiology), and the AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine) that the benefits outweigh the risk, and they justify the use of ultrasound only for diagnostic purposes.

They do not endorse the private entertainment ultrasound scan in the strip mall near you. These facilities are not regulated to maintain the same standards as medical practices for patient safety. They are not required to hire formally-trained and credentialled sonographers or to properly clean or maintain ultrasound probes or equipment. Be sure to do your research prior to scheduling your appointment in one of these facilities!

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One of the reasons I started this blog five years ago is because patients were misinformed – by Dr. Google, family, or friends. I expect as much from a random non-medical blogger, and I became even more enraged to find misinformation doled out on popular pregnancy sites.

It’s one thing to express one’s opinion. But when you’re making tons of money by persuading expectant moms to adopt your line of thinking, you have the responsibility to get your info right. No one says anyone has to be a fan of ultrasound. And as a mom, you have the right to decline. Before you do so, speak with your provider. You need only to understand your choice. Any mom who ever delivered a baby with serious problems was happy to know about it in advance for planning and educational, emotional, and delivery purposes. This, in fact, is the purpose of obstetric ultrasound.

And if you’re all about moms and choices, and those choices are power? The power only comes from a parent who makes an informed choice, not one based on misinformation. It is my wish and goal to simply and accurately explain ultrasound for moms-to-be and stamp out the misconceptions. Understanding is also power:)

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and informed pregnancy! As always, thanks for reading! Please feel free to email your comments or questions to me at wombviewerblog@gmail.com.

 

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Posted on April 28th, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Reliable Ultrasound Information for Expectant Mothers

Factual ultrasound information can be hard to find. No one knows that better than a newly-expectant mom with loads of questions! How do you know what’s accurate and what’s not? With so much info at our fingertips, too much Googling just seems to lead to more unanswered questions, doesn’t it?

As a sonographer (ultrasound technologist) with formal training and twenty-five years experience in OB/GYN, I am amazed by what I read on other sites about ultrasound. And it’s not just from blogs and forums filled with personal opinion. Misinformation also comes from parent/child sites and even some of the most popular pregnancy books that the general public would expect to be reliable. These articles or posts or books, I realize, are written by authors with no obvious medical training or experience. But their information should be coming from reliable sources. If they have interviewed someone who is in the medical field, some facts seem to get a little lost in translation from interviewee to print.

Five years ago, I ran across a blog about ultrasound…the uses, technical details, what we can see, and how we can see it. The level of wrong in this post left me dumbfounded! It was clear to me that this person had absolutely no medical knowledge whatsoever. It’s not too hard to spot when they use the terminology incorrectly in nearly every sentence. What bothered me the most was that someone left a comment thanking this so-called author for the “valuable” information. It struck me then that many people actually do believe anything they read on this crazy web thing.

So, Where Can You Find Accurate Ultrasound Information?

If you have a curious knack for researching ultrasound on the internet, just be sure to check out someone’s bio. Look at the author’s credentials. Do they reference their experience and knowledge in the field? You can determine whether that individual’s level of experience with a particular subject before taking the information at face value. If an author is not a sonographer, physician, or medical professional with ultrasound knowledge, just know that what you are reading may not be entirely accurate. And if you have questions about what you read relative to your pregnancy, ask your doctor! She or he is always going to be your most reliable source for credible advice on your health and that of your baby.

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My Pledge to My Readers

My desire to create a platform where an excited new mom can find accurate info about ultrasound drove me to create this blog. Hopefully, expectant couples with curiosity about their scans can find a little general info here. Please feel free to email me at wombviewerblog@gmail.com. Ask me your questions; tell me your ultrasound stories. Remember, no blog, no site, no forum can replace the healthcare professional! We are not your doctor, we do not manage your pregnancy, nor do we have any knowledge of the health of you and your baby. Carefully consider what you read, and direct any concerns to your doctor for the best advice you can follow:)

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Posted on April 27th, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com

General Ultrasound Facts

  • Technically speaking, ultrasound is the study of the subject (the field of ultrasound) and a sonogram refers to the examination itself.
  • Current biohazard testing reveals no ill effects of ultrasound on the fetus, mother, or sonographer. However, ongoing tests show increasing levels of heat after scanning for several hours in one area. Over-scanning for long periods can cause cavitation or the creation of bubbles. This is much longer than the time required for performing a diagnostic test. Additionally, for this reason, only the prudent and diagnostic use of the technology is recommended by ACOG, ARDMS, and any other professional medical organization. The benefits of the information from diagnostic exams for patient and physician currently outweigh any known risk.
  • Ultrasound is just that…sound waves that operate at a frequency far beyond human hearing. Nope, Baby cannot hear the sound waves! Human hearing ranges from 20Hz to 20,000Hz. Diagnostic ultrasound operates in the millions of Hertz. Ultrasound probes range from about 2 – 13MHz.
  • Ultrasound is sound waves, NOT radio waves. No radiation is emitted by ultrasound equipment or Dopplers utilized by your physician to detect Baby’s heartbeat.
  • 4D is 3D in motion or a live 3D image.
  • Most people are familiar with 3D imaging as a fun way to see the outside of their baby. Additionally, the best and cutest 3D images are obtained later in the 2nd trimester or very early in the 3rd. Baby’s skin has developed more fat at this point which makes for chubbier cheeks!

 

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3D 9 Week Embryo

Ultrasound Credentials for Sonographers

  • Someone newly trained in the field earns the credentials of DMS or Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. He or she has completed some sort of formal or on-the-job ultrasound training. This person is usually relatively inexperienced and has not yet passed the registry examination. This person should have direct supervision in performing your examination.
  • RDMS stands for Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. A sonographer earns these credentials when he or she has passed a registry examination in his/her ultrasound specialty. Moreover, a certified sonographer will typically have at least two years of experience.
  • Not everyone who scans an expectant mom in a 3D non-medical business is a certified OB sonographer. Some have no formal ultrasound training whatsoever! These businesses are not regulated like medical practices. They may not be knowledgeable of or follow guidelines for equipment maintenance. Ultrasound equipment that is not properly maintained can be an electrical hazard for mother and/or fetus!!!

 

Performing Your Exam

  • Every practice is different. Most physician’s order a first-trimester ultrasound examination to date the pregnancy. This is usually performed with a vaginal probe. If no other problems necessitate another scan, the next is performed around 18-20 Weeks. Most women know this scan as the anatomy screen where we evaluate fetal and maternal parts for abnormalities. *Your doc does not order this exam to determine fetal sex!* Also, important to note here is that determining sex is never a guarantee, nor should it be an expectation. However, most sonographers will happily provide the info if at all possible!
  • The health of your pregnancy determines whether you will receive more ultrasound scans later in your pregnancy.
  • 2D ultrasounds are the grey-scale images you might recognize during your diagnostic examinations. Occasionally, a high-risk practice (MFM or Maternal Fetal Medicine) will usually also use 3D to assist in visualizing a fetal abnormality. We also frequently use the technology for GYN scans to attempt a better look at uterine shape and/or IUD placement.
  • Ultrasound cannot predict how much your baby will weigh at birth. While we can measure your baby’s head, belly, and femur for an educated guess for weight at the time of your scan, a large discrepancy for weight determination exists due to fetal position and sonographer inexperience or skill. We can typically track a trend for large or small babies. We know the average gained weight in the last few weeks is about 1/2 lb per week. However, every baby is different!

Ultrasound Facts About Fetal Sex

Most expectant moms today already know this little fact. The ultrasound machine is never “wrong” in determining fetal sex. Actually, it is the observer who is incorrect!

Guessing the wrong sex can be due to one or a combination of many factors. It is possible your baby was in a difficult position to see well. Maybe you were too early in your pregnancy for an accurate guess or your sonographer is inexperienced. In addition, an overall poor view can also limit fetal sex determination!

Facts About Your Results

Yes, the sonographer can read your examination. However, your OB/GYN physician or radiologist must ultimately interpret the images and report we create. Consequently, only your physician can legally give you results!

Patients ask me these questions on a very regular basis. I hope it was helpful! Feel free to email me at wombviewerblog@gmail.com with your comments or questions!

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Posted on March 12th, 2016 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Everyone wants a healthy baby. It’s something we, as humans, take for granted unless we know of someone who experienced the misfortune of having a child with problems. Anyone who has ever come up against the discovery of a fetal abnormality on ultrasound can relate to the devastating feeling of receiving the news. No matter how insignificant the issue, even if your physician wasn’t worried, you sure were.

If a patient does not have a medical background, or if not one in OB, the incomplete understanding of what was seen can feel torturous. Moreover, the lack of a definitive diagnosis and waiting on more appointments and tests and results only adds to the anxiety. Sometimes the testing leads to a distressing diagnosis of a baby with life-long complications, a structural malformation requiring surgery after birth, or a syndrome that is not compatible with life. These are some of the most dreaded words an expectant mom can hear from her care-giver.

Why a Referral?

Sometimes, things we see may be cause for concern enough to warrant a referral to Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM). This way, a perinatologist (high-risk OB doc) can determine the nature or severity of a problem. They may know exactly what is seen, what to call it, and how to follow it. For those who are very lucky, following a concern for period of time results in resolution of the problem. Hallelujah! Your constant companions, Worry and Anxiety, get kicked to the curb! You feel you can finally exhale, breathe again! No longer do you spend your days contemplating the what-ifs of your pregnancy, your newborn’s life, or how it might impact the lives of your whole family. You can finally get some well-deserved sleep and actually enjoy things like your baby shower, decorating the nursery, or filling the closet with precious miniature clothing.

When Some Don’t Feel Relief

Some patients, unfortunately, never experience the “hallelujah” moment. One of my patient’s some time ago (with a new pregnancy) complained about the extent that her doctors followed one of her previous pregnancies for a suspected problem. A mass appeared on ultrasound in her baby’s abdomen. The area, surveyed for months, spontaneously resolved. Her physician’s could never explain it nor was there any reason for them to see her again. As a result, MFM released her back to the care of her regular OB physician. Though she may have felt relief, her  annoyance with the situation trumped any other emotion. Her impression reeked of disdain, not of “prayers answered” or “great fortune” or “blessings galore bestowed.”

Her only comments were “what a total waste of time it was…months of anxiety and follow-ups for nothing.” This may be an understandable reaction. No one wants a problem to continue or progress to the point it requires surgical intervention at birth. Most patients express appreciation or gratitude; a few, without the ability to see the bigger picture, feel only anger at the diagnosis. They endured inconvenience by a number of doctor’s visits and suffered worry for “no reason.” If providers could magically know in advance whether everything we see will or won’t be a problem, it sure would create a lot less stress for our patients and their docs who manage their care.

A Sonographer’s Job

The scope of a sonographer’s job is to look for and find abnormalities, big and small. And there have been many occasions when my great partner sonographers found something others may have missed. I’m sure this patient ultimately felt relief that her baby was healthy; I hope looking back, she realizes the opposite result of her frustration would have been far worse. Potentially, she may have felt differently if she spoke with someone who didn’t get the good news she did – like maybe the patient whose baby had three barely identifiable heart chambers instead of four. She needed three surgeries in her short little life…one at birth and two more before she turned three.

Ultimately, we are in this field to help everyone. Regrettably, some can’t appreciate the extent, reach, or purpose of the work we do to help them. This particular patient also complained that she couldn’t bring in ten people during her exam, that no one could talk on the phone or video the exam, and that we didn’t give her enough keepsake images. I’ve learned we can’t make everyone happy! Doesn’t this realization apply to just about every facet of life? Career-wise and personally-speaking?

Diagnostic ultrasound aids a physician in finding a problem. In so doing, a physician can better manage the health of mother and baby to prepare for a safer delivery. Also, she/he can prepare the family through education for the challenges that lie ahead.

What’s the Answer?

Unfortunately, there is no crystal ball in medicine. All we can do is our job, which is to find a problem. At the end of the day, I will always prefer to catch an abnormality than to miss one. And we are always over-the-moon ecstatic when we find a potential problem turned out to be nothing! Life is all about perspective, isn’t it? We can either take up residence in the victim mentality or be thankful for the blessings in our lives.

Here’s sending you blessings and well-wishes that your diagnosis turns out to be nothing, too!

You can send your comments, images, stories, and questions to me at wombviewerblog@gmail.com!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Posted on January 20th, 2016 by wombwithaviewblog.com

In the movement department, what a difference a week makes! Your baby is still an embryo at 9 Weeks, but he/she only has one week to go before “fetus” status at Week 10!

When is the Earliest Detectable Movement?

How early can we detect your baby’s movement with ultrasound? The earliest signs are typically seen around 8 Weeks of gestational age. Baby, who is only about 15mm now, starts to demonstrate the slightest intermittent wiggle. It may very well be hard to catch, but your sonographer can possibly show you with stillness and a little patience! Of course, transvaginal imaging is by far the best way to see this early in most everyone due to its magnification.

9 Weeks is an entirely different story! Below is an image of an embryo at 9 Weeks taken with transvaginal imaging. Baby is right about one whole inch now, and tiny arm and leg buds can be seen slightly larger than just the week before!

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Now, below is a video which is quite entertaining of this same little tidbit breakin’ it down! Shall we dance?! She (or he) is making up a jazzy little tap routine right before our eyes. Just click the link below to watch her go!

Embryo Movement 9 Weeks

Isn’t the degree of movement incredible? Of course, none of it is well-thought-out choreography but is instead the nervous system hard at work. What an amazing work of art we are:)

Leave your comments below if you found this post helpful or even entertaining!

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Posted on December 30th, 2015 by wombwithaviewblog.com

One hormonal mama (self-proclaimed) wrote me to ask about The Nub Theory. If you want to know all about it, too, read on!

Mom’s Email Regarding The Nub Theory

hormonal mama:  Hello!! 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that your blog has been a complete saviour to me and my sanity over the past few nights. It is brilliant and informative and just what I needed in my hormonal state.

I have one question that I have been searching the web for a definitive answer to, and I was hoping you could shed some much needed light.

We had our 12 Week NT scan, and the US machine seemed to be a LOT better than the photos I have seen posted, videos I have watched, etc. We could see extraordinary detail of the baby. The sonographer was checking all the usual parts and suddenly without warning he showed us the perfect potty shot (I was 12w1d). Now I know from reading that people say they all look the same at this stage. But what I cannot get over was how much the image showed a perfect little penis poking out the top of a round bulbous structure.

I’ve googled and you-tubed 12 Week girl vs boy potty shots, and I just cannot get a girl scan that looks like an actual penis.

I’m clinging to the smallest shred of hope that I may still get my girl after seeing this, but it was just so obvious and so so so clear.

Thank you so much in advance for any advice or insight you can give me. I’m so disappointed in myself for feeling gender disappointment. I didn’t realise how much I wanted a daughter (this is our last baby) until I saw that potty shot.

Please tell me honestly; I can take it!!

Yours very gratefully,
🙂

PS. I think what you are doing for ladies like me is fantastic. I cannot believe I found you after all my searching for answers! An actual professional who answers silly, hormonal women’s questions! Not a forum full of people who claim to know it all and actually know very little! 🙂

 

My Nub Theory Response

wwavb:  Thank you for all the nice things you’ve sent my way;) I appreciate it and am so happy you are enjoying reading my blog!

So, maybe you haven’t yet come across my posts on the subject. Click away! Boys and girls can look EXACTLY alike early on.

The links below will give you more information:

http://wombwithaviewblog.com/early-gender-pics/

Check out the links below for my images of fetal sex which are textbook, classic, no-guesswork-needed images of both male and female sex later in pregnancy:

http://wombwithaviewblog.com/female-gender-on-ultrasound-2/
http://wombwithaviewblog.com/boy-girl/
http://wombwithaviewblog.com/boy-vs-girl/
http://wombwithaviewblog.com/twin-gender-update/
http://wombwithaviewblog.com/third-trimester-male-gender/

All that said, it’s okay to have a preference, but we all get what we need in the end. Having another boy means you needed one another for whatever reason! I hope you’ll subscribe and keep reading at wombwithaviewblog.com😉

Best wishes!
wwavblogger, RDMS

 

Second Nub Theory Email

hormonal mama: Thank you for replying. I’m so grateful! I have posted a link to your blog on our pregnancy group page. I hope it gives some other ladies peace of mind. (And a good giggle!)

I was recently told by an US tech in the group that there is a “nub” on my image. But I am notoriously useless at seeing them. Would you be able to confirm (or deny) if there are any genital parts visible? All I’m seeing is legs and a cord. I know the angle of the dangle is not a reliable theory (from your blog!) but for someone to say she can see it on my scan, it would be helpful if I knew if it was even visible!

Many thanks again and again 🙂

12wk fetus/nub theory

wwavb: Thanks so much! I, too, hope they get some useful info and a giggle, also;)

Does the sonographer in your group practice OB? Experienced or new to OB? I question because I entirely disagree. Every baby has a nub at this age, but one cannot be sure whether the nub represents boy or girl. If she is referring to the thing sticking out near the butt, that is too large to be the nub in question so my thought is it’s baby’s cord.

And actually, to see the nub, the plane needs to be centered between baby’s legs which means you would not be able to see the legs in this view. See the image below:

Suspected Baby Girl at 12wks/nub theory

No legs here! That could be a tiny foot way above the arrow, however.

This tells me the angle on your baby is not perfectly centered and is a little too far lateral whereby the leg is included in the image. I hope this makes sense! What a cutie, by the way;)

Keep me posted!
wwavblogger, RDMS

Final Advice?

It’s entirely possible to get excellent images at 12 Weeks, and this theory is reported to be about 73% correct. If you do the math, that leaves 20+% with potential gender guilt. I only recommend finding out on your NT scan if you can remain mentally neutral!

You can email me also, at wombviewerblog@gmail.com!

 

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Posted on November 15th, 2015 by wombwithaviewblog.com

These were such great fetal 3D images that I felt they should be posted again. They are representative of the best of the best!

You’ll see from the captions that this baby was 33 Weeks at the time of the scan. Just know this isn’t the norm! Most babies at this gestational age pose some difficulty because the head is typically pretty low at this point, and fluid begins to diminish a bit. However, this mom had polyhydramnios (or extra amniotic fluid), and baby had his own Olympic-sized pool! The additional fluid allowed better visualization of baby’s face which yielded these most beautiful pics!

In other words, Moms-to-be, the images you see below are an exception to the rule. The best time remains about 25-30 Weeks for most women.

Important Tip When Purchasing Fetal 3D Images

I’m super-focused on safety and educating you expectant Moms right now! I understand the popularity of elective ultrasound today, but be sure to do your research!

Because you don’t want just any images, at least ensure your sonographer is formally trained (that’s right – not all of these places employ real sonographers!). Look for certifying credentials like RDMS behind someone’s name. It doesn’t mean he or she has spent a career in OB or is registered in OB, but at least this person has received proper ultrasound training. DMS means that someone completed a formal ultrasound program, but has not yet passed a registry examination. Only trained sonographers know best how to construct an image, to optimize it with all our fancy knobs, and (most importantly!) to utilize the lowest power settings while scanning your precious little one!

Enjoy! His mom and I sure had a fun time taking them:)

Email me with your great 3D images at wombviewerblog@gmail.com!

No paparazzi, please!

fetal 3D images 33 Weeks

 

Pucker up!

fetal 3D images 33 Weeks

 

Sleepy baby;) So sweet!

fetal 3D images 33 Weeks

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Posted on October 26th, 2015 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Ever see a real-time video clip of a 9-Week embryonic heartbeat? Just click on my link below:

9-Week Embryonic Heartbeat

This clip demonstrates a quick video of Baby with transvaginal imaging. First, we see the head, then we see a long view of baby’s body and the incredible flicker of cardiac activity in the chest. The fetal head lies to the left of your screen and the small circle near baby’s bottom represents the yolk sac. Also, notice the thin white line around Baby. This is the amnion or amniotic membrane. Looking carefully, one can make out the beginning of arm and leg buds.

Aw, it’s so cute already!

Annotated Week 9 Embryonic Images

Here, I have added annotated still images from the video above:

9 week embryo, 9-week embryonic heartbeat

9 week embryo, amnion, 9-week embryonic heartbeat

Can anyone guess what the black represents? Yep! Amniotic fluid. You guys are so smart:)

Hope this was entertaining and informative! Please feel free to email me with your questions or comments at wombviewerblog@gmail.com!

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