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Please I really need advice. Any obstetricians/midwives at all? just anyone. Shitting myself. Had 20 week scan today.

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ScottyDoc Fri 22-Feb-13 12:50:34

Scan was today, all was going well until sonographer spotted my placenta was low lying. He said its not necessarily a problem but they'll keep an eye out etc etc.

Then he said they will offer me a vaginal scan to detect where it is at around 34 weeks. This is the part where I really panicked. Due to certain events that happened when I was young, I cannot handle internal examinations, let alone a vaginal probe. I don't want to go into what happened to me but I'm absolutely petrified they will try to pressure me into having this done. Having G&A and things to cope is not an option either.

Sonographer said the ultrasound most likely wont give a greatly accurate location of the placenta, but a vaginal will. I can't and will not consider having this done. Foes anyone know what this means for my baby and my birth? Does anyone have experience of this happening? Do I ask for a C section if they can't find accurate positioning at the ultrasound?

So frightened. Please give me some advice. I know this sounds so minor and pathetic but it's a serious issue for me.

ScottyDoc Sat 23-Feb-13 08:31:37

Thanks so much for both of those experiences plus all the info. It does make me feel a bit better that if worst comes to worst, I could ask to insert it myself. I thought the probe thing would be like a speculum, that's another thing that was frightening me. I don't feel as horrendous and thanks to you ladies, feel like I know what happens rather than turning up at hospital without any idea at all. Very much appreciated xxx

pixi2 Sat 23-Feb-13 08:34:26

Mine was right over the cervix until 37 weeks. They were talking about c sections. It moved. I gave birth naturally. You will be offered further scans which is just another way to see your wonderful baby before it comes along.

I had resigned myself to a c section, then it moved. It's quite common. Three other women at work pregnant at similar time had this too.

pixi2 Sat 23-Feb-13 08:36:00

I didn't have a vaginal probe at all though. I did next pregnancy but only because at 6 weeks s normal scan wouldn't work.

lozster Sat 23-Feb-13 09:05:27

Crikey, I can absolutely categorically confirm that the camera probe is NOT like a speculum. The crudest but most accurate way to describe it is as a dildo (v small!) that a condom is put on and lubricant (loads in my experience) put on that. I was fearful for number one too as I'd heard it described as 'like a smear' which made me think yikes - scary, painful speculum. It is not like a smear at all.

I can also confirm that this is NOT the equivalent to an internal.

This does still leave us with the mystery of how medical staff aim blind through the equivalent of a tent and still manage to hit the target grin

Good luck whatever you decide to do.

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