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20 week scan

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EmilyJ90 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:07:53

My 20 week scan has come round so quickly, I don’t even know what to expect or how to prepare. Do I need a full bladder & what are they scanning me for? That probably sounds so thick, but I’m a first time mum & overthink everything 😫

ew1990 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:10:00

Full bladder and they check babies developing well - check organs and fluid and your placenta

EmilyJ90 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:10:32

@ew1990 thank you!

ew1990 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:12:23

It's ok - I didn't say check babies sex because some hospitals may not tell you but you can always ask if you would like to know

MadameJosephine Thu 26-Oct-17 18:13:36

Yes you will need a full bladder. I usually recommend drinking 1-1.5 pints of water about an hour beforehand.

They’ll be checking structures within the baby to make sure there do not appear to be any structural abnormalities such as head, face, chest, heart,abdomen, kidneys, bladder, limbs and spine. They will also check the position of your placenta.

Good luck, hope it all goes well. Remember 98% of anomaly scans do not reveal any abnormality.

EmilyJ90 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:25:07

@ew1990 I had an early gender can when I was 16 and 3, I’m having a girl smile

@MadameJosephine ah thank you, I get so nervous before a scan. I couldn’t sleep before my 12 week scan. You’ve put my mind at rest though so thanks! smile

Mummyme87 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:25:36

Full bladder is trust dependent. My trust is never a full bladder for any scans

MissLaurz Thu 26-Oct-17 18:26:35

@EmilyJ90 pleased you asked this! I have mine tomorrow and was thinking exactly the same! Hope yours goes well.x

MadameJosephine Thu 26-Oct-17 18:29:25

Really mummy? That’s unusual, dependent on the position of the baby and the placenta it can be difficult to assess them properly with an under filled bladder.

Definitely easier to empty one that’s too full than fill one that’s too empty too

EmilyJ90 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:36:18

@MissLaurz mines tomorrow morning too! Good luck smile x

EmilyJ90 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:37:51

@Mummyme87 @MadameJosephine I think I’ll go with a full bladder, I can always empty it if needs be. Thanks for the advice though smile

ew1990 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:37:55

@EmilyJ90 I'm having a girl too, 38 weeks on Saturday!

EmilyJ90 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:38:27

@ew1990 congratulations! hope she comes right on time for you!

GummyGoddess Thu 26-Oct-17 18:39:47

My hospital said in the letter that you do not need to drink lots of water beforehand and should have an empty bladder? Is it that they have a different ultrasound machine?

Mummyme87 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:42:42

madamejoseph I’m a midwife and can absolutely guarantee that you do not always need a full bladder. Better ultrasound machines ensure this

MissLaurz Thu 26-Oct-17 18:44:05

@EmilyJ90 mine too. Means we must be due around the same time (March 18th) grin

EmilyJ90 Thu 26-Oct-17 18:47:01

@MissLaurz ah that’s my partners birthday! I’m due the 11th smile are you wanting to know the gender? x

MissLaurz Thu 26-Oct-17 18:51:01

@EmilyJ90 No, we want it to be a surprise (although I think it’s a boy!) I’ve not felt it move yet though so both anxious and excited for the scan! Bump is getting bigger though so hoping that’s a positive sign! Are you finding out?x

EmilyJ90 Thu 26-Oct-17 19:07:12

@MissLaurz I had an early gender scan as wanted to tell Dad before he passed away, I’m having a girl, beyond excited! x

MissLaurz Thu 26-Oct-17 19:47:24

@EmilyJ90 That is such a lovely things to do flowers I’m sure he was incredibly proud and excited!xx

MadameJosephine Thu 26-Oct-17 20:37:37

mummyme I’m a midwife sonographer and while I agree it is not always necessary I would still recommend it. It’s not so much to do with the ultrasound machine in my experience but the position of the baby that can be tricky with an empty bladder

MadameJosephine Thu 26-Oct-17 20:38:45

sorry to hear about your dad emilyj90 flowers

KarateKitten Thu 26-Oct-17 20:40:09

I was told on the last 2 babies that I didn't need a full bladder.

MadameJosephine Thu 26-Oct-17 20:57:53

NHS info leaflet here

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