U/S today and a little nervous

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U/S today and a little nervous

I have an appointment today at 1:00 and they are planning on doing another ultrasound on my little guy. At his 20 week, he was measuring small. They said that he was measuring at 18.5 weeks so they wanted me to come back so they could take a look at his heart again. Apparently they like to check all 4 chambers of the heart at 20 weeks or greater and they couldn't get the measurements they needed since he was little. Anyway, I haven't been worried about it, but today I have to admit that I am nervous. I always get nervous about ultrasounds since we found out we lost the baby during my last pregnancy at my 20 week u/s. I just can't always help but relive those feelings I had that day when I walk in that room. Anyway, I am sure things will be fine and I will leave there feeling relief, but I just want 1:00 to hurry and come on!

UPDATE: Just got back. Everything looked great with his heart. He is still measuring small, but only by a few days now. He was wiggling all over the place and you could see my belly moving. BUT they still want me to come back in 3 weeks for another u/s? I didn't really get it. I asked if everything looked good why they wanted another one and the Dr said they just want to follow his growth since he's on the smaller side. I guess this is just standard procedure... I mean, its great seeing him on the machine so I guess I should just relax and enjoy seeing him again nex time.

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:grouphug: Chances are everything is great, but I know I'd be mess too if I had an angel baby like you did.

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I'm sure everything will go smoothly. I would feel the same way you are if I was in your situation. I had to go back for another ultrasound after mine at 19 weeks for the same thing. They baby was too little to get good measurements and see all parts of the heart. Given a couple of weeks he was bigger, and they could see everything just fine.

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Thinking of you. Hoping that they get a good luck, and calm your nerves. I have never experienced a loss like you have, so I dont know exactly how you feel, but having had issues in previous pregnancies I know what it is to be nervous. KUP, cant wait to hear how it goes Smile

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If the next u/s comes back fine I'd put my foot down about more if they suggest that! While u/s can be great tools too many leads to them trying to find problems when there's none there. EDD starts with ESTIMATED, so very, very normal to measure off. And just by a few days? Sounds like he might have had a growth spurt shortly after the last u/s! Wink
Sorry, I get frustrated b/c my OB with DS insisted on doing an u/s at every appt in the 3rd trimester. I felt like he was looking for something to be wrong and then he seemed disappointed when everything was great every week even at my 41 week appt. *sigh* Even his u/s weight estimates were way off by 1.5 lbs!

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Glad everything went well for you today!! I bet that was a major relief for you! I would love to get another u/s since my baby was measuring small too, but my doc said my uterus and baby feel good, so she isnt worried! Ive always had smaller babies anyways, so I guess she is just assuming this one will be smaller too!

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Glad your U/S went well and he looks great!

When I had my most recent U/S the tech said that as long as the baby is measuring within 2 weeks (on either side) that everything is normal.

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I'm glad that everything went well, and that the little guy is doing well. I wonder if they are keeping a closer eye on things because of what happened with your last pregnancy? They may just be being cautious because of that?

I also get extra ultrasounds at the end to watch my baby's growth. My next one is this coming tuesday (28 weeks) and then again at 32 weeks... she may do more depending on what goes on. For me there are mulitple reasons, one of which is watching for signs of OI in the baby. Small long bones (femurs, and humerus), bowing, breaks, and just a smaller baby are signs. Also, my babies tend to slow down growing at the end, so they watch that too (thats why I was induced early with my 1st, he had pretty much stopped growing). Also, with me having OI, I am not a big person, and I have a higher chance of bleeding out after delivery, and pushing a big baby out could cause me more problems... though, seeing as my biggest was 6lbs, I really dont think a big baby is in the cards lol. Also, with my history of PTC, and low amnio, it all adds up to them keeping a close eye on things as we get to the end.

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"AkMomma07" wrote:

Glad your U/S went well and he looks great!

When I had my most recent U/S the tech said that as long as the baby is measuring within 2 weeks (on either side) that everything is normal.

Same here only the OB and MW both told me that. Smile

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Same here only the OB and MW both told me that. Smile

That is what I have always heard as well. In fact, when I had my very 1st u/s with this baby they told me that. That's why I was confused by the need for another one in 3 weeks. I think I will put my foot down after the next one if everything is normal. I mean, its silly for me to be paying for these things if nothing is wrong.

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Fun that you got to see your little guy!! I'm glad he is looking good in there Smile