13wk appt & u/s

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13wk appt & u/s

I went in for my 13wk appt yesterday. I was surprised when they took me back for an ultrasound. I had an ultrasound at my 9wk appt to make sure my dates were correct, and they were - to the day. I had my husband and two littlest girls with me this time... I've never had an u/s at 13wks before (I'm 31), and I've been going to the same OB for my last 4 pregnancies. Anyway...The HB was 146 and I assumed everything looked okay with the baby. I was excited to see the him/her wiggling around, and my OB checked between the legs to see if there was anything to see...he thinks there might be a little somethin' dangling there, but it's too early to be sure. He mentioned that we would check again at my next appt, which I didn't realize until we were driving away is at 16wks. So now I'm wondering if there was something wrong? I've always done the anatomy scan at 20 weeks, so 16 weeks is early to have another ultrasound. I wish I had been more on my feet and ask questions, but I was a little distracted trying to get my 4 & 2 year old to see the baby on the screen. Smile

My OB printed us 2 pictures, which look identical to me... Does this look like an average 13 weeker? I'm probably way over thinking this, but having an ultrasound at every appointment just doesn't feel normal...

I should also add that I will LOVE this baby even if it comes out with three heads and purple polka dots! I've never done genetic testing before, because it just doesn't matter to us. This is OUR baby, no matter what and I can't wait to meet him/her in November!


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I love the u/s pictures! So sweet! Is this the same Dr you went to for your other pregnancies?

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Yep, this OB delivered all three of my girls. I LOVE him, he has always been so personable and honest. I can't imagine that he wouldn't tell me if something was off, but I don't know. Of course now I'm googling nuchal scan images, and that's not helping at all. Honestly though, it doesn't matter. I will love this baby no matter wat, I'm just the kind of person that likes to KNOW. I hate the unknown. I'm a worry wart!

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Looks like a good baby to me! Though I'd definitely call the office and ask why there you're having u/s at every appt. If there's no medical reason you can decline the extras. Of course I felt like my OB with my last pregnancy was looking for something wrong with all of the extra u/s he wanted, which bothered me.

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Great pic! Glad your appt went well! I wish I got an u/s at every appt! I think you are just lucky!!

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He looks great to me ... I'm just going with he because if the doc believes he saw something dangling, and mentioned it, I'm sure theres something there Smile When a friend of mine had an ultrasound the doc mentioned that there was a cyst on the baby's brain... gave her the possiblities, including the fact that it could just be normal. Turned out to be nothing. So, If there was something looking "wrong", then I'm sure he would tell you. He may just not have realized that you had another appt before your 20 week one??? I personally end up with extra ultrasounds at the end. To watch the baby's growth, and to watch for signs of OI.

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I think your baby is adorable! Maybe your doc just wants to be a nice guy and give you a special treat Smile So he shows you your babe! Or maybe he wants to see if his guess is right!

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Cute baby you have! Looks good to me...I wouldn't worry about something being wrong. I think they would tell you why you are having extra ultrasounds (if they are indeed extra). My SIL had ultrasounds routine at every visit during her pregnancies. She said they did it for everyone, so not unheard of.

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I had an ultra sound at every app. with DS except one in which they used the doppler so I'm used to that. I thought they did with everyone until my friends on my birth board were confused as to why.

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Great pics! I wouldn't worry. My doc has done extra u/s just to put my mind at ease and give me a quick peak at my babe. I'm thinking yours is planning another because he thinks he saw something dangling and wants to give you confirmation Smile

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I've had an u/s at every appointment too, the last appointment they wouldn't have done one but couldn't get the HB on the doppler so they did an u/s just to make sure everything was fine. I know with DS I only had 2 or 3 u/s the entire pregnancy so I'm just assuming that 5 years later they just do things differently now. Looks like a healthy cute baby to me, congrats. Biggrin

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:lurk:
Maybe your doctor got a new ultrasound machine since your last pregnancy and just likes to use it?

Astolate's picture
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I've had an u/s at every appointment too, the last appointment they wouldn't have done one but couldn't get the HB on the doppler so they did an u/s just to make sure everything was fine. I know with DS I only had 2 or 3 u/s the entire pregnancy so I'm just assuming that 5 years later they just do things differently now. Looks like a healthy cute baby to me, congrats. Biggrin

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Count your lucky stars! lol I've had one ultrasound for dating, one at ER and I haven't even seen a photo of my baby, and I don't know what his/her heartbeat was last week. I have another week to wait and see how the heartbeat is... and then who knows how long to wait for another ultrasound because they clearly screwed up on my dating scan and I won't be able to go for a 12 week scan...

I think baby looks good!

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Maybe you're just lucky and get extra U/S. or maybe he thought you were worried so gave you some freebies! My friend who was young and fit and perfectly healthy dream pregnancy got one at every appt, just "because". I've had the normal 1st one- but then she was nice enough to let me come back for a second because i was so worried after the first.. but now I wont get one til my 20 week- I wish I could get one @ every visit!! Would be a lot funner and more reassuring!!!