Ultrasounds

October 5, 2007

It is quite early in my pregnancy to be having an ultrasound, but I scheduled this one before I knew I was pregnant.  I was having considerable pain once a month that may have indicated ovarian cysts or something similar, and an ultrasound is the only way to find out for sure what was causing it.  I suspected that by the time it came around, I might be pregnant, which would mean that even if a cyst was found, nothing could be done about it anyway.  However, the temptation to see this little poppy seed sized baby is too great, so I’m going in for it anyway.  I suppose it doesn’t hurt anything because if they find something, it could give us warning for any problems I might have during pregnancy this time. 

I have now had two ultrasounds per pregnancy and one when I was a teenager, so this will make number six, and it’s just as miserable as it always has been.  Empty your bladder one and a half hours before the appointment (9:45 am), drink one and a half liters of clear fluid (broth, water, clear juices, tea, coffee) by one hour before the appointment (10:15 am) and then hold it until after the appointment is over (which will probably be somewhere near noon YIKES).  I shouldn’t complain too much, though…the second ultrasound I had with my daughter was in my twenty-eighth week, which meant that I already had to pee all the time anyway, so adding all that liquid was really uncomfortable.  Not only will I have this ultrasound today, but another one when I hit eighteen to twenty weeks.

Status update: my stomach feels ridiculously full and even though I emptied my bladder about ten minutes ago, I already have to go.  On top of that, I’m slightly sick to my stomach and only bound to get worse.  Also, I’m only halfway done with my fluids. 

Back to the subject of multiple ultrasounds.  Here in the north in our primitive facilities, we generally are asked to have one ultrasound at around eighteen weeks, as I mentioned before.  I had my first pregnant ultrasound at that time, but the results came back with the potential of something wrong with my baby (my now two year old daughter), so I was sent back in for another at twenty-eight weeks.  After my first ultrasound in my second pregnancy came back normal, I was very happy to not have to have another one.  However, due to the shape and size of my womb when I was in early labour with my son, they thought he was transverse or breech.  Turns out he was head down, but his head was up really high (which led to being stuck in a bed with an IV in my arm for six hours, but that’s another story).  Again, an ultrasound was necessary to determine this.  Fortunately, they scrapped the idea of removing amniotic fluid via a gigantic needle (basically, amniocentesis, just late in pregnancy and not for testing). 

So here I am, getting the first of at least two ultrasounds in this pregnancy, and I’m telling myself that the reason I’m doing it is to dispel the concerns of twins that are rolling around in my mind.  It was my husband who mentioned twins when I told him my symptoms were like a combination of both previous pregnancies.  I could have kicked him.  But it is literally true; with my daughter, I got sick from eating certain things, but if I avoided them, I wasn’t so bad.  With my son, as long as I ate like crazy and never got hungry, I wouldn’t get sick.  I was also very tired with him.  This baby is taking it out of me big time, though.  Sick all the time and tired nearly all the time, regardless of what I eat or don’t eat and how much sleep I get. 

Well, time is up, but I still have one glass left.  One thing I could mention is that my first ultrasound with my daughter, I drank all the water I was supposed to drink and then promptly threw it all up and had to start over.  I have also had one ultrasound (can’t remember which one at the moment) where I drank all the fluid and then was told I had too much and to go and “pee some of it”.  Have you ever tried to “pee some”?  It’s impossible (particularly when your bladder is full and has been full for awhile).  It’s either all or nothing.

Well, time to start rounding things up and finishing my drinking and trying to stay busy enough to ignore my urgent need for the bathroom.  Less than two hours to go and I can relieve myself.  Hooray!

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Two hours later: Went for the ultrasound, thought I was going to die, told the tech that I might wet the bed if he didn’t let me get rid of some of it and was told to “pee up to this line” on a cup.  Amazingly enough, it was possible and it made me feel better (although I still had to run when the test was done).  The unfortunate thing is that it’s too early for them to see the baby.  Oh, well.  I’ll just have to wait awhile to have my thoughts of twins settled.  I’m certainly not looking forward to another one of these, though. 

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