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Ultrasound To Follow Baby Growth
How accurate are 6 week ultrasounds and why do some babies come 2 weeks early if ultrasounds are accurate?
Fairly accurate: Onset of labor and delivery depends on multiple factors, mostly maternal, and estimates are that 10% of infants are born earlier than 37 weeks. Age of mother, prenatal care, size and number of babies, uterine shape, maternal smoking or drugs, previous cervical cone biopsy and maternal infection are the most common. ...Read more
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
Yes: Ultrasound machines are invaluable in managing pregnancy today, especially high-risk pregnancies. Not only do we measure the baby's size (head, abdomen, thigh bone), but we can evaluate all of the internal organs, from brain to bladder. We also can make sure the house is in order -- evaluating the placenta and the amniotic fluid quality, even measuring the cervical length. ...Read more
Looking at shadows: An ultrasound is a way to use a sonar probe evaluate a two dimensional field.For multiple pregnancies its like counting potatoes moving around in a sack , only seeing one direction at a time. Unless you can find something distinctive about one of the potatoes, it would be easy to under/over count the total number this way.With 8 not all would be visible @ 1 time. ...Read more
Detailed Survey: If hydrocephalus is detected during a fetal ultrasound, a detailed evaluation of the fetus would be performed in an effort to detect causative lesions or associated anomalies in order to better guide further assessments. Amniocentesis for genetic evaluation is frequently suggested as well. ...Read more
How accurate on baby weight is ultrasound? When i had my babies, there was nothing like this, but my daughter (grandbaby on the way) had hers she said they could tell the weight. Really? How accurate is this? Just want a big healthy grandbaby!
My 20 week babies ultrasound showed normal sized kidneys however they were very bright. what could this be?
Normal finding: this is a normal finding at that gestation ...Read more
PREGNANCY: The ultrasound reading will tell you if there is any problem with the baby. Sometimes there is some technical errors. ...Read more
Daughter 8 weeks & ultrasound told babies are not living so DNC is scheduled for Tuesday. Devastated What happens now? Could ultrasound be wrong?
Confirm: I am sorry to hear about your situation. Make sure to confirm that there is no heartbeat by another ultrasound, especially before you have the D&C performed. Just to be on the safe side. ...Read more
Like others: The ultrasound is like others performed with more specialized views of the region of interest. ...Read more
I saw my babies heartbeat on a ultrasound at 7weeks, does that mean my chances of miscarriage are really low now?
Good sign: Seeing a heartbeat on ultrasound is certainly encouraging. Miscarriage rates are thought to be in the 5% range once a heartbeat is detected. ...Read more
Want to know what kind of ultrasound need to undergo to check my babies features want to make sure that everything is ok i have sle and 25wks. thanks?
So on my ultrasound my babies head is measuring 21 weeks and I'm 23 weeks 2 days. Should I be worried? My doctor didn't seem worried at all. I am!
Ultrasound: The measurement given to you is within the error of the machine. ...Read more
Usually nothing.: Echogenic material in the fetal stomach is sometimes seen in prenatal ultrasound, but is usually of no clinical significance. This may be swallowed vernix caseosa, desquamed epithelial clumps, or metabolic products of subchorionic blood after a hemorrhagic episode. In the latter case, the fetal gastric debris is still not a problem in and of itself, rather a marker of a previously existing problem. ...Read more
Follow-up W/ Doctor: Your son's age, specific details not given. Thinning of cortex indicates decrease in structures important to kidney function; associated with lower urinary tract disorders in 50% of cases; is 1.5 times more common in males; can be associated w/ congenital anomalies of other organs in 30%. More info needed to formulate any conclusions about your son's prognosis. Follow-up w/ your doctor for answers ...Read more
Hw many times during pregnacy are u suppoe to go for an ultrasound to check the babies weight gain?
As needed: There is no specific recommendation for routine ultrasound exams during a normal pregnancy. However, most women are going to have at least one ultrasound at 18 to 21 weeks, the ideal time to evaluate for normal fetal structures. There will likely be additional sono's if there is a problem with the size of the uterus (abdominal measurements), gestational diabetes, elevated blood pressure, etc. ...Read more
I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks and 1 day and got 2 readings of the babies heart beat, the first was 133bpm and the second was 176bpm are they ok?
Yes: There is a wide normal range and it is normal for the count to vary from one study to the next. ...Read more
Ultrasound at 32 weeks. Due date was Sept 12th and changed to Sept 10th. Does this mean I conceived earlier or is it based off babies measurements?
Measurements: Your first due date was likely based on your last period or some very early ultrasound measurements. Both are fairly inaccurate. As you progressed, your due date was refined based on later measurements. Remember, though, doctors (like anyone) are not great at predicting the future. Only about 5% of babies are born on their due date. Hope this helps! ...Read more
My babies mouth was open through my antenatal ultrasound. The tech could even see his tongue. Could this be a sign of something wrong. ?
Mouth: Having the mouth open is normal. Andcsreing the tongur isca normal variant. Usually not worrisome. ...Read more
I had an abdominal ultrasound today, I seen the babies heartbeat 120 but it said I was only 6wks 4d. I showed a positive test on the 27th of august???
I'm 5 weeks 6 days, we did a vaginal ultrasound today and the babies heart rate was 73. Is there any hope my baby will survive?
Ultrasound: Did they ask for you to have a repeat ultrasound in a week or two? The ultrasound that you describe above really was very early and would be best to have repeated. ...Read more
Why did other doctors tell me my infant has a sacral dimple and hes had an ultrasound,now they want an mri done but are telling me he needs surgery?
Depends: Your child might had developmental incomplete closure of the spine wrapping sheets, called spinal dysraphism, or spina bifida, which might have some connection with outside. Or the spinal cord end (resembling a horse tail) is too tight sitting inside and would stretch the spinal cord further as child is growing, which called tethered spinal cord syndrome. MRI would help to diagnose. ...Read more
23w5d ultrasound babies head measures 22 weeks and the rest of the body measured normal. Should I be worried. My doctor said brain anatomy was WNL
My friend was pregnant . She gave birth to to 1 baby and 3 months later a 2nd baby. 2 babies never showed on ultra sound. How is that possible?
Not likely: This sounds like a very strange and likely untrue story but since she is your friend you could certainly ask her for more details. ...Read more
I had surgery july 24th because they said I had a tube pregnancy from altrasound but I didn't have a tube pregnancy when they went in to do my surgery I had a sist and a baby on my right ovary and they said I would still be able to have babies. And im jus
Ovarian Ectopic: Although rarer, an ovarian ectopic is possible and unfortunately still needed to come out.If your ovary was removed, you'll still be able to conceive with ovulation from your remaining ovary. At least one of your tubes must be normal for your doc to reassure you about future pregnancies. The next time you see your doc, ask exactly what was removed & what kind of shape your tubes are in. Take care. ...Read more
I went to the doctor at 12weeks 5days pregnant she used the dopplar for a few seconds but did not find the heartbeat, is this normal or do I have something to worry about? At 8 weeks I did have a sonogram and seen the babies heartbeat! i'm nervous cause s
Could be normal : Usually by 12 weeks fhts are heard on fetal doppler. If only a few seconds were tried, it wasn't a very dedicated attempt at listening. It's important to hear fhts both to document a live & healthy fetus and to reassure both mom & OB that all is well. If you have no cramps or bleeding & a nl us @ 8 weeks, you're prob ok. It would have been better though if your OB had let you hear or see the fhr. ...Read more
6weeks and 4days pregnant my first sonogram revealed that my babies heart rate was 99bpm. Should i be worried?
No: This is normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm 7 weeks pregnant my first ultra sound is this Monday can I possibly hear the babies heart beat? And if not when's the soonest I can hear it??
Heartbeat: The baby's heart starts beating at the 6 week point, and it may be visible on ultrasound somewhere between 6-8 weeks. It can be heard on doppler somewhere between 10-12 weeks. ...Read more
Had follow up tv ultrasound- I should be 8 weeks preg. There was growth from last but showed more like 7 weeks and hb was low. Is there any chance it's ok
Sure : That great news that a fetal heart rate was seen. Congratulations. ...Read more
Had follow up tv ultrasound- I should be 8 weeks preg. There was growth from last but showed more like 7 weeks and hb was low. Is there any chance it's ok?
WHAT did yoru OB say: Your OB should have totally discussed this with you, not favorable, but u need another us in one week to see if fetus will be viable or not. ...Read more