Pregnancy Journals – 18 weeks – day 2 – Fetal Anatomy Scan
Today, I had my fetal anatomy scan and we’re having our third girl!
What is an obstetric ultrasound (sonogram)?
A diagnostic imaging exam that sends pulses of ultrasounds into your tissue.
What are ultrasounds?
“Sound waves with frequencies higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing.” (2)
What’s a fetal anatomy scan?
The fetal anatomy scan is a level 2 ultrasound which has a 70 to 80 percent detection rate in identifying any possible concerns through measurement and observation. (1)
When is this scan preformed?
This scan is regularly performed between 18 and 22 weeks.
Finding out the gender?
If you are hoping to find out the gender of your baby(s), it will likely be determined during this scan, unless your baby(s) is hiding his/her bits!
My first two children concealed their gender. In an attempt to get them to reveal their sex organs, I drank some apple juice and walked around for 15 minutes. Sure enough, in both cases they flipped around to let us see what was going on. With this baby, there were no tricks involved, she showed us her vagina before we really got started.
How long will the exam take?
The exam will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Evaluation of your baby.
The most assuring and valuable information determined by the fetal anatomy scan is the detailed evaluation of your baby. Your baby’s abdomen, brain, bladder, face, head, heart, kidneys, spine and limbs etc. will be measured and/or examined to determine whether your baby is both growing properly and structurally normal. The umbilical cord and placenta all also be evaluated.
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1. ”Level 2 Ultrasound.” Amita Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 June 2016. <https://www.keepingyouwell.com/ahh/care-services/womens-care/birck-family-birth-center/maternal-fetal-medicine-center/level-2-ultrasound>.
2. “Ultrasound.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 27 June 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrasound>.
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