Ultrasound Examination

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sca - January 22

I am 20 weeks pregnant and I just had my first ultrasound. It is my first pregnancy and everything has been normal so far. I had a full bladder an I expected the examination to take about 20 minutes. Before it started I was informed that it would take an hour, and I was sent to the bathroom after the first few pictures. They took lots of still pictures, including pictures of my ovaries (not sure why that would be needed). I am upset that my baby was perhaps needlessly exposed for a full hour. Could anyone tell me if this sounds like standard procedure for a normal pregnancy?


yulia - January 22

not sure due to having mine at 14 weeks...but i do remember it took almost 40 min


Anne - January 26

The 20 week ultrasound is usually very detailed. They are measuring your baby to make sure he/she is developing properly. It takes a long time to see everything that they need to see. They also check your ovaries and uterus for any changes that may cause complications. I wouldn't worry about the time it took. It sounds as if you are getting excellent medical care.


eyebeeablessing2u - January 26

ultrasounds don't harm the baby in any way. they are sound waves that make the US picture and sound doesn't harm the baby. Just chill......and enjoy.....


Ca__sandra - January 18

I just recently had my 20 week ultrasound. The tech said everything she could see looks great, but ordered another ultrasound in a few weeks so she can get a better look at a couple of things that she couldn't see as clearly because of the position of the baby and the resolution of the ultrasound machine. A friend of mine said this also happened to her and she had to come in for a follow-up in hopes they could get a better look at the organs that they couldn't see as clearly the first time. Has anyone else experienced this? It seems like it happens a lot, but I just wanted to double-check. Thank you!


Katie - January 18

I'd like to know people's responses regarding this too. I am not due for my 20 week ultrasound yet, but a friend of mine just had hers and had the same thing happen. They couldn't get a good look at all 4 chambers of the heart, plus a couple of other things they wanted to look at again since they couldn't get a clear look at everything. Every little thing seems to get us all worried so, of course, she's a little nervous about this. I think she has nothing to worry about. Chances are everything is okay. They just like to be very thorough when checking everything. I know she has a very good doctor.


Trina - January 18

Perfectly normal. Mine also took that long...they need to measure everything up...check all the organs...etc.


Tillie - January 18

I had mine yesterday and it took about an hour. The first half hour one sonographer looked, and the second half hour another one looked, to double-check everything. I wouldn't worry--it was wonderful to actually see the baby for so long and watch it's movements!


Ca__sandra - January 18

Sorry. Forgot to mention that my friend (the one who had to go in for a follow-up ultrasound after her 20-week one), everything checked out just fine for her when she went in for the follow-up ultrasound. So hopefully they will be able to see everything clearly at my follow-up and everything will check out fine.


Nita - January 18

I'm in my 18th week now and at each of my appts so far, they had to do an ultrasound caz they couldn't hear the heartbeat with the doppler. At first i was scared that it was so many times, but reading all the posts etc, it appears that it's ok. As long as the baby is doing fine, i guess I shouldn't worry. Will have my next appt today, hopefully will hear the heartbeat via doppler! I heard it's a wonderful sound (just like the pictures of the ultrasound). Is 20 week ultrasound the one you get to know the s_x of the baby(if you wanted to)? Caz I can't wait to find out!


Cabbie - January 18

I'm on baby #3 and all of my 18-20 week ultrasounds have lasted 45 mins to an hour. It is important for them to look at so many things.


Katie - January 18

But, has anyone had to come back for a follow-up ultrasound to their 20-week one because of difficulty in being able to fully and clearly see all of the things they like to look at?


Cabbie - January 18

Katie, I have not had to go back because of the baby not cooperating but I know it is pretty common. My dr told me that it is very important that they get a good look at the four chambers of the heart plus hopefully the aortic arch. If they can get a good look and see everything, it rules out about 95% of heart defects. I am sure they are trying to be thorough. It took a while for them to see a few features this last time because the baby kept turning his back to the ultrasound.


To Katie - January 18

I just had my 20 US on 1/9 and I have to go back for another one because the baby wouldn't move and they were not able to get some measurements. The tech tried having me go tot he bathroom so I would have an empty bladder, turned on both sides and there was no getting the baby to move. No big deal at all, just another chance to see the baby before it is born. :)


kiddolebel - January 18

mine have all been an hour long and the exposure doesnt harm them


Kiddolebel - January 18

I am going for my 3rd ultrasound in the last month and a half to try and finish up my anatomy scan. Each time they were able to get a little more that they needed. My baby likes to play hide and seek.


Liz - January 18

I am having my 20 week ultrasound tomorrow, yay!! I can't wait to find out if it's a boy or a girl!



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