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12 week scan coming up (minor worry) help

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Rebecca1608 Sat 13-Dec-14 08:10:40

Good news I'll have my 12 week scan next week.

Bad news is the amount of water I have to drink before it. A pint plus roughly about an hour before I go then no toilet trips until afterwards. This is a MASSIVE problem for me as I suffer a weak bladder. Not all day every day but I can't drink much without having "to go" almost straight after. Making this absolutely impossible for me sad Again, I know people have got worse problems than this I'm just really worried about it.

ILiveOnABuildsite Sat 13-Dec-14 08:15:27

It doesn't have to be a pint +, you just have to go in with a comfortably full bladder. If you bladder is too full they won't be able to see baby properly and will send you out to empty it a little before trying again. Try not to worry about it and don't drink more than you are comfortable with. It will be fine.

nojaffacakes Sat 13-Dec-14 08:24:32

I had my 12week scan on Thursday and emptied my bladder immediately before it. The scan went fine and we could see the baby perfectly well. I don't think having a very full bladder is a must.

Rebecca1608 Sat 13-Dec-14 08:37:52

Oh thank God for that. I'll try and drink as much as I can put I'm not going to wait around for them to call me feeling like I'm going to burst as I've just got used to not drinking very much through the day so when I had my letter through I had a little bit of a panic. Thanks for your replies. I feel like I can relax a little now smile flowers

Bustherb Sat 13-Dec-14 09:22:24

I would just drink as much as your comfy with, if it's not full enough they will just ask you to drink more water when your there xxx I had an early scan and my bladder was half full and she still managed to scan without the need of having a full bladder xxx

LittleRedRidingHoodie Sat 13-Dec-14 09:25:20

I had external scans at six, nine, ten and twelve weeks and each time I drank as I normally would as I'd forgotten the bladder this as no one mentioned it. I also feel horribly uncomfortable with a 'full' bladder as it turns out my bladder feels full when it's only half full. However, every time the scan was fine. I drank a pint of water with my breakfast, which I always do, had a pee about half an hour later and it was always fine. Don't worry - you don't have to be there bursting!

leanne963 Sat 13-Dec-14 12:04:45

Whenever i have had a scan I wait until I arrive at the hospital then start drinking lots of water. The appointment is usually 10 minutes late or so and I hate feeling like I am about to pee myself.
One time I even HAD to empty my bladder just before the scan and everything could be seen perfectly on screen! Don't worry too much smile

chiruri Sat 13-Dec-14 12:06:55

Don't worry too much about it. I ended up being sent out TWICE as my bladder was too full - the first time to try and partially empty it, and the second time to fully empty as it was still too full.

blackwidow74 Sat 13-Dec-14 14:08:17

Just drink a half pint before you go
.. should be sufficient! If you get too desperate you can go let out a little bit until you are comfortable again

Swanny84 Sat 13-Dec-14 14:14:33

They would do an internal scan if couldn't see baby properly but I agree a full bladder isn't essential, just drink what you can xx

Rebecca1608 Sat 13-Dec-14 17:34:41

Ok thanks everyone :-) I feel much better now thanks. Feeling a lot more relaxed about it just going to enjoy the scan and seeing the twins again.

Loiterer Sat 13-Dec-14 19:57:36

I've also got my 12 week scan next week and it says on my notes to drink a pint + of water, an hour before the scan. I had read on here that there was no need to do that anymore, so I was surprised. I'm going to have to drink that at work and then make my way to my scan shock

I haven't seen the baby yet though so I'm more worried about the scan itself going OK...i'm going to try not to think about weeing myself on the tube...

coastergirl Sun 14-Dec-14 00:33:40

I was really nervous about this too as I have a really pathetic bladder! I needn't have worried though. I had an external scan at 8 weeks but they said it was going to be internal, so I went to the loo just before. Then when I went into the room the sonographer said she was going to try externally, and it was fine. I hadn't drunk anything before my 12 week scan either and was sat in the waiting room drinking water and worrying, but didn't have a full bladder for the scan and again it was completely fine.

Rebecca1608 Sun 14-Dec-14 10:52:02

That's good to know. I'm glad I won't have to drink that much. I'll just drink in the waiting area then and then I'm sure I'll be ok. Thanks ladies smile

ChatEnOeuf Sun 14-Dec-14 12:17:22

Just drink normally, that advice is outdated.

Pipbin Sun 14-Dec-14 12:20:37

I've had to have a full bladder for embryo transfer. My tip is just before you leave the house drink a big glass of water then go to the loo. By the time you get to the appointment your bladder will be full.

Rebecca1608 Sun 14-Dec-14 12:27:38

As long as I can go after having the fluids I'll be fine. I'm feeling so relaxed now.

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