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21 week scan-Measurements help please

(16 Posts)
cluelessfirsttimer1 Mon 04-Apr-16 21:47:38

I had my scan last week and I was 20 weeks and 5 days. I asked the lady to explain percentiles to me but she said that they don't do it that way on normal scans, only on later growth scans. I'm wondering if you could please post what your measurements were for head circumference, femur and abdominal circumference as these were the only ones given to me. The lady seemed fine with everything and said baby is growing as expected, but I felt like my scans was rushed as they were over half an hour late so I didn't get to ask the questions what I wanted to and I don't have anything to compare it to as this is my first baby. I just want to make sure that my baby is on track for what it should be at this stage. I will post my measurements when I get to my notes later.
Thank You in advance

Fitzers Mon 04-Apr-16 21:51:15

Please take my word for it when I say if the person who did the scan saw no reason to worry, then you shouldn't worry. There's no point people posting their measurements as if you see any discrepancies you will just get yourself worried for no reason.

You would have been told if there was cause for concern. It's normal to worry your first time (and second.....and....) but second guessing the professionals will just make you very anxious.

unimaginative1979 Mon 04-Apr-16 21:54:48

Is there any reason for you to feel so anxious about the size of your baby? The real growth really gets going after 30 weeks so that's when you have growth scans- if you need too- then percentiles are used.

I'm sure if there was an issue they would have said and it's quite normal for hospital appts to run behind. They may have needed to scan an emergency prior to you X

FatimaLovesBread Mon 04-Apr-16 21:59:29

Was it not plotted on your growth chart thingy in your notes?

cluelessfirsttimer1 Mon 04-Apr-16 22:02:06

Hi Fitzers. What you are saying makes a lot of sense to me and will make me feel better probably not over analysing everything. It's just because it's my first baby so I don't know what is normal and I am worried due to suffering really bad sickness and not having anything other than a tiny bump at this stage which had I now had sickness, I could have easily denied and passed off as normal bloat. I'm just scared and over thinking everything at this stage I think.

Unimaginative. It's just simply because it is my first baby. I'm not complaining about them being late. I would rather me be late and know that someone before me is getting the treatment that they need (Although doing this on a full bladder is a little inconvenient haha)
I just don't know any different and have only seen my midwife once and I didn't really get much information to be honest. Nothing that I couldn't find out from friends or on here. But I just feel a little unsure of wether this is normal as I'm seeing her again but not until week 26. My friends seemed to constantly be at the midwives when they were pregnant so I guess I am just wanting reassurance that everything is fine I suppose

cluelessfirsttimer1 Mon 04-Apr-16 22:03:53

Fatima. Nothing was plotted. Just a printout which I had to google to figure out the abbreviations. I suppose it isn't really there for my benefit and more medical reasons so doesn't matter wether I understand. I'm sure they would have spoke to me or booked me in again if there was any concerns

Liss85 Mon 04-Apr-16 22:16:26

I'd be more worried if the appointment was longer because they would have checked and double checked if they'd thought there was anything wrong. They say sickness is the sign of a healthy pregnancy. Apparently 80% have morning sickness and even severe sickness appears fairly common from what I've seen on these threads. I felt sick 24/7 for about 10 weeks but I don't class that as severe because I didn't actually throw up. Different sized bumps are normal. My sister had to argue with people that she was actually pregnant when she was 8 months gone. Maybe try googling it, there are loads of pics with loads of variation in size.

This is my first, I'm 19+2 and I'm high risk and I've only seen my midwife once. I didn't really get to ask any questions because she seemed to be rushing and it wasn't even my actual midwife because she's on holiday so I'd say it's quite normal. That was at 16 weeks, my next one is 25 weeks.

FatimaLovesBread Mon 04-Apr-16 22:31:00

Does your print out have three mini graphs on? One for HC, AC and FL?

cluelessfirsttimer1 Mon 04-Apr-16 23:08:05

Thanks Liss, you have reassured me

Fatima, no it doesn't. It just has a table with the MM measurements on. I'm sure all will be fine

Thank You everyone. I feel better now knowing that everyone is different and they would have questioned me or booked me in again if they had any problems

Artioo2 Mon 04-Apr-16 23:09:03

As others have said, people posting their measurements will tell you nothing. There's a whole range of growth by 20 weeks, all within normal. Your measurements could sound much larger or much smaller than someone else's and still be absolutely fine. Trust the medical professional who told you everything is good - the whole point of the scan is to spot things that are wrong so if they says things are good, they are.

cluelessfirsttimer1 Mon 04-Apr-16 23:15:56

Thank you Artioo. I will probably only worry myself, and possibly cause stress to my baby that it wouldn't have normally had if I didn't compare smile

Liss85, I am doing some googling now and I am suprised at how many look the same size as me. People are constantly commenting on how small I look and it's made me really worried as all of my friends have been bigger quite early. But they are all small and their is only me and another friend who are tall. So obviously different people carry different ways and I've just been comparing myself to my short friends too much, who are obviously going to carry different from someone like me who is 5'10" versus the majority of then being 5'3" and under

Liss85 Mon 04-Apr-16 23:20:53

I think people just like to comment on your size whether you're big, small or in between. I'm plus size so I'm barely showing at all.

Out2pasture Tue 05-Apr-16 00:03:10

www.babymed.com/fetal-and-obstetric-ultrasound-measurements-pregnancy

dats Tue 05-Apr-16 01:29:39

Hi clueless, with my DC1, I could still hide my bump at 20w. I told two colleagues at work that I sat right next to - they were bey surprised. I'm 5'10" and I never did get really massive.

This time round I definitely have a bigger bump!

Don't worry - it's perfectly normal. And congrats smile

dats Tue 05-Apr-16 01:30:09

*very not bey!

unimaginative1979 Tue 05-Apr-16 05:39:19

Baby is only really tiny! From 30 weeks that's when you'll see a big change. Also that when they Usually pick up any issues - usually not serious ones! And you may have more midwife or consultant appts. Maybe that's what you remember from your friends?

Having appts now would only be for your reassurance, there isn't anything of concern so being seen every 6-8 weeks is normal - baby just has to grow what else is there to do!

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