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20 week scan. Full bladder?

(17 Posts)
socktastic Thu 11-Feb-16 12:49:47

I can't see anything on my letter that tells me one way or another. Scan is at 3.30 so I guess I'd have to stop peeing very soon! What did everyone else do?

Heirhelp Thu 11-Feb-16 12:51:00

You need to drink about a pint of water an hour for the scan.

Carbsnomore Thu 11-Feb-16 12:54:14

What did I do? I drank a lot of water all morning then wet myself 5 mins before my appointment grin

MadrigalElectromotive Thu 11-Feb-16 12:57:22

I didn't need a full bladder for my 20 week scan. I think your uterus is out of your pelvis by that stage so it is easier to see the baby.

VocationalGoat Thu 11-Feb-16 12:58:06

It's ok for the 20 week scan to not have a full bladder.

Everythinggettingbigger Thu 11-Feb-16 13:02:08

my letter told me to have a full bladder and then I got told off for having a full bladder because it pushes the baby further away grin

KateBeckett Thu 11-Feb-16 13:17:44

My scan is on Tuesday and I haven't had a letter confused

LouLou030783 Thu 11-Feb-16 13:23:00

I didn't have a full bladder at all went to toilet before I went to hospital and then had a slight drink of juice (only because I was dry) before I went in and u could see everything perfectly x

LouLou030783 Thu 11-Feb-16 13:23:33

Ps good luck socktastic

Artioo2 Thu 11-Feb-16 13:44:23

It would say on the letter if you needed to have a full bladder. I didn't for mine.

socktastic Thu 11-Feb-16 13:49:37

Thanks folks. I'll go with a wee bit in reserve and if I need to pee I can do it there. x

unimaginativename13 Thu 11-Feb-16 14:26:25

Drink some water, they will get you too wee if they need to. Doesn't work the other way round.

seven201 Thu 11-Feb-16 15:34:38

I didn't know either so went with a full ish bladder. I asked at reception and they said I could go to the loo. I did get told off at my 12 week for having an empty bladder but the letter didn't mention it and there were no signs in the loo!

Sanch1 Thu 11-Feb-16 15:40:10

I just drank a cup of tea half an hour before, was fine. The full bladder for 12 weeks is because the uterus is still within your pelvis and the bladder pushes it out to see it easier, at 20 weeks your uterus is about up to your belly button so much easier to see.

LouLou030783 Thu 11-Feb-16 16:55:18

How did scan go? Xx

socktastic Thu 11-Feb-16 17:14:21

Scan was ace! Went in with some in reserve and they didn't say one way or the other. Anyway we have a very healthy looking little one!

Micah Thu 11-Feb-16 17:23:12

Glad it went well smile

For future reference it depends on the machine whether you need a full bladder. I didn't need one for either 12 w or 20w scans- in fact they sent us to provide a urine sample beforehand so no chance smile/

Those hospitals that do require a full bladder (older machines) will say you do on the letter. If it doesn't say, you don't need one.

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