Back from anatomy scan!

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clio's picture
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Back from anatomy scan!

And they think it's a boy! The tech said she couldn't be certain because baby was curled up in a ball for most of it, but she thinks boy. Which matches what I thought after I saw the NT scan pic. It looks like a boy.

It was a pretty rotten experience in some ways, though. They wouldn't let my husband in until the very end, they wouldn't let me watch, and I had to sit, sweating, in a small, sauna-like cubicle, waiting for the tech to get me in the beginning. In the meantime, my husband was a bundle of nerves in the waiting room and was pretty grumpy by the time they came to get him, an hour later.

But it seems like everything is okay. The techs aren't allowed to tell us anything, though. And we have to go back in three weeks to get better pics of the heart. I'll probably find out more at my next OB app't on Wed.

But while the tech was out of the room, I looked at the screen and memorized the measurements. Everything was between 19 weeks and 19w3d, except for...femur length. They were measuring 20w2d! This is a TALL baby! (My husband is very tall as well, so not surprising, but I laughed when I saw that. When we talked to my MIL afterwards, she said that my husband was all legs and arms when he was born, which astonished even the doctor.)

And here is the pic:

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Ugh - I hate techs that are like that - turning the screen away and not allowing DHs in.

I hope she is right and it is a boy - just so you have some certainty!

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Sorry it wasn't the best experience. But congrats on baby boy, possibly! Smile

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congrats on a maybe Boy!

Hoping that when we go the end of the month we get the lady I had last time- she could tell I was trying to look at the screen so she moved it so I could see the screen while she did her measurements.

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YAY for a great ultrasound! Really wonderful U/S pic, very clear.

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If it's an anatomy scan why wouldn't they let DH in or let you see? When I had mine last week my DH was there the whole time and the tech showed us everything she saw on the baby. Same with my son. Congrats on the little boy! My son was a tall one too Smile that's a great profile pic as well

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Thanks, everyone! I guess we lucked out with the pic.

But I obviously didn't luck out with my province. Alberta seems to be the only one that is this strict (and mean!). My husband asked why he wasn't allowed in to see his baby, and the response was that the tech didn't want him there while she was performing the exam. Though this is the policy for every u/s, so I think that's just a line they feed us. And maybe me watching is tech-dependent--maybe the nice ones let you--though no tech has ever let me watch. Only for my NT scan was my husband allowed in from the beginning and could we watch, but it was run through the hospital and not the Imaging Lab we normally have to go to.

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Sorry for the annoyance, but congrats on the maybe boy!!! Smile

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"clio" wrote:

Thanks, everyone! I guess we lucked out with the pic.

But I obviously didn't luck out with my province. Alberta seems to be the only one that is this strict (and mean!). My husband asked why he wasn't allowed in to see his baby, and the response was that the tech didn't want him there while she was performing the exam. Though this is the policy for every u/s, so I think that's just a line they feed us. And maybe me watching is tech-dependent--maybe the nice ones let you--though no tech has ever let me watch. Only for my NT scan was my husband allowed in from the beginning and could we watch, but it was run through the hospital and not the Imaging Lab we normally have to go to.

**lurker**

Are you sure, Eva? The place in Calgary where I got my u/s (both 12 wk and 20 wk), they let DH to see the whole thing, they talked to us altho they made it clear that there were just some questions they were not able to answer. Showed us the various parts of Evie and all that. I thought my u/s experience was pretty good, considering!

So happy tho that your baby is likely to be a boy - a tall boy!! And that he is all healthy. Biggrin

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"yipeeladybug" wrote:

**lurker**

Are you sure, Eva? The place in Calgary where I got my u/s (both 12 wk and 20 wk), they let DH to see the whole thing, they talked to us altho they made it clear that there were just some questions they were not able to answer. Showed us the various parts of Evie and all that. I thought my u/s experience was pretty good, considering!

So happy tho that your baby is likely to be a boy - a tall boy!! And that he is all healthy. Biggrin

Hmmnn... Maybe it isn't Alberta specific. Where do you guys go? I think ours is...hold on, I've got the name here somewhere...MIC or Medical Imaging Consultants here in Edmonton. I don't know if it's the same across the province; maybe cities contract out to different labs with different protocols? Or each lab has their own? Come to think of it, I've mainly gone to that specific one. Maybe I should book the next one at a different location. Like Calgary...

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It's the Southern Alberta Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine, it's in a new building at Foothills Hospital. It is very very nice and the staff there are all nice. The rooms are set up so that there is a flatscreen tv in the corner of the room where you can see the u/s right from the bed practically. I had both my 1st trimester screening and the 20 wk anatomy scan there.

The only problem there is that it is super-popular (of course :rolleyes:), I remember when I confirmed my pg with my family dr at 5 wks, she had me book right away at this place and I barely got in at 12w6d for the 1st tri screening.

However.....please let me know if you are able to book an appt there.....I would love to get together with you and finally meet you in real life!!

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Sorry DH couldn't come in the room until the end and you couldn't see Sad BUT congratulations on your possible boy!!!!

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Sorry you and your DH couldn't see the entire exam Sad I would be sto stressed as well.

Congrats on the lil man though.. yay for lil but very tall boys Smile

(hugs)

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"yipeeladybug" wrote:

It's the Southern Alberta Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine, it's in a new building at Foothills Hospital. It is very very nice and the staff there are all nice. The rooms are set up so that there is a flatscreen tv in the corner of the room where you can see the u/s right from the bed practically. I had both my 1st trimester screening and the 20 wk anatomy scan there.

The only problem there is that it is super-popular (of course :rolleyes:), I remember when I confirmed my pg with my family dr at 5 wks, she had me book right away at this place and I barely got in at 12w6d for the 1st tri screening.

However.....please let me know if you are able to book an appt there.....I would love to get together with you and finally meet you in real life!!

Oh, that explains it--we had our NT scan with the fancy screen at a hospital's MFM department, and he was allowed in the entire time. But we're forced to go to a privatized lab for all the others, and they won't allow it. Bah.

And I'm afraid I was only joking about Calgary--I couldn't handle a six hour round trip for an u/s!

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"clio" wrote:

Thanks, everyone! I guess we lucked out with the pic.

But I obviously didn't luck out with my province. Alberta seems to be the only one that is this strict (and mean!). My husband asked why he wasn't allowed in to see his baby, and the response was that the tech didn't want him there while she was performing the exam. Though this is the policy for every u/s, so I think that's just a line they feed us. And maybe me watching is tech-dependent--maybe the nice ones let you--though no tech has ever let me watch. Only for my NT scan was my husband allowed in from the beginning and could we watch, but it was run through the hospital and not the Imaging Lab we normally have to go to.

It's the same in BC, they even have a policy of not telling you the gender so you have to go to and pay for an extra ultrasound to find out. During my ultrasound DH was not allowed in either, and the tech told me in advance that she will need to focus on taking the measurements. So essentially she told me to be quiet and not disrupt her. I knew that it was going to be this way so I was prepared and not too upset. I could not see the screen either during the entire exam and she even made sure to turn the screen off during the times she left the room so I couldn't peek! She finally called DH in at the end and showed us baby for about 5 minutes. She did offer to tell us the gender but baby wasn't cooperating anyways and we didn't want to find out.

That being said, I am going back in 2 weeks for a follow up since they couldn't get all of the measurements, and I am booked at a different clinic (all the clinics are ridiculously overbooked here). This particular clinic has a reputation of letting you watch the whole thing and being really good about it all. I am looking forward to that! I ended up talking to my friends who recently had kids and asked where they went and what the experience was, and this clinic was recommended but I couldn't get in for my last ultrasound due to the wait lists. So I think it really depends on the clinic you go to. In BC we have to wait until our doctor's appointment to get the results too, which sucks because sometimes there's a week or so between appointments.

I would call around and ask some people where they went and what their experiences were if you get a choice of where to go for your next ultrasound. My friend in Calgary just had an ultrasound yesterday and she said they always get to see the whole thing and the tech describes what she sees. A doctor comes in right after to tell them the results. I wish it was like that here.

Good luck and hope you have a better experience next time. And congrats on your boy!!!

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Thanks science_gal! I have to think of whom to call; my peer group is all finished having kids years ago (I'm old!). My SIL and BIL did just recently have a kid, though, so I'll try them.

Boo! Why do they have to be so mean?!

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Sorry about the frustration Eva, but congratulations on your little boy!!

What did you predict it was? Did you do any tests? What did they say?

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Congrats on your little boy!

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"lesleynka" wrote:

Sorry about the frustration Eva, but congratulations on your little boy!!

What did you predict it was? Did you do any tests? What did they say?

Well, baking soda test said girl.
Placenta position said girl.
The fact that I have no real appetite--girl (according to my What to Expect book).
Craved sweet--girl.
Chinese chart--boy.

Everyone (and I mean everyone) thought girl. My husband didn't even want to pick out a boy's name; he felt it was a waste of time.

I thought boy.

So much for old wives' tales.

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Wow, ya...blew those tales right outta the water!

Did you want a boy? I know it will be loved the same, but what were you personally hoping for? if you don't mind me asking.

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"lesleynka" wrote:

Wow, ya...blew those tales right outta the water!

Did you want a boy? I know it will be loved the same, but what were you personally hoping for? if you don't mind me asking.

We tried for so long that I really didn't care. My whole life I pictured myself with a daughter, but when I met my husband and learned what a sweet boy he had been from his mother, I began to envision a son. And since I really had the sense that this was a boy, it's all I've really been picturing.

But maybe I would choose a girl if I was given the option simply because my MIL wants another granddaughter so badly. She helped raise my BIL's daughter for years and was incredibly attached to her, and they upped and moved out of the province out of the blue, leaving her with only grandsons. She's such a wonderful woman that it would be nice to fulfill her fantasy. (Not that she's ever said that she'd prefer a girl, but it's pretty obvious. She was utterly convinced I was carrying a girl, and even dreamed about it. She'd be horrified if we ever suggested that she had a preference.)

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CONGRATS Eva ! Little boys are so much fun ! Sorry about the horrible U/S experience. :bigarmhug: