Ultrasounds

Ask questions here about when ultrasounds will be done and what you can expect to see at your next ultrasound/sonogram appointment during pregnancy.

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How soon can you hear a baby's heartbeat?

The baby's heart beat can be seen on an ultrasound at around 7 weeks, and if you are very slim MAY be heard on a Doppler from 9 or 10 weeks. Here is more advice and input: * Most Heartbeats can be heard by 15/16 weeks. * My doctor wasn't able to hear my babies until I was about 3-4 months pregnant. * It is most generally possible to begin to hear the baby's heart beat at the beginning of your second trimester, however sometimes it is possible to hear it a couple of weeks before or after these dates as well. It most likely depends on the size of the baby and how quickly it is growing in each individual person. I personally heard my baby's heart beat the first time at 14 weeks with my first, 13 weeks with my second and 10 weeks pregnant with my current pregnancy. * You can start to hear the babies heartbeat through ultrasound as soon as 6 weeks into your pregnancy! A Doppler can start to pick up a heartbeat at around 10-14 weeks into your pregnancy. A stethoscope can be used to hear the baby's heartbeat late in the pregnancy. * If you have an early scan it can be seen from about 6 weeks. If listening with a Doppler and you are very slim sometimes (not always) it can be heard from about 8 weeks. A midwife listening with a Pinard can hear it from about 22-24 weeks. * You may be able to see it on an ultrasound at about 7 weeks but unless you are very thin you won't be able to hear it with a Doppler until about 10 weeks, possibly later. Until 12 weeks the uterus is still in the pelvis and the heart is very small and the machine has to be pointed directly at the heart so the sound is reflected, unlike a microphone. * I heard my baby's heart beat at almost eight weeks and it was very strong :) I think everyone is just different it depends largely on your specific pregnancy

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Can you eat before an ultrasound?

== == 8 hours without food is a good guideline, unless told otherwise by your doc.

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Pregnancy Gender Prediction

When you are pregnant can you tell whether your baby is a boy or girl without a doctor's visit?

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Healthcare Coverage While Pregnant

What is Benefit coding?

Process of converting the Healthcare Benefit coverage terms into computer understanble language to reduce the memory space and time and paper work.

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Ultra sound showed shadow on babys heart and brain?

This makes no sense and this question should have been asked to the ultrasound tech when you were there.

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Can you determine paternity by dates?

Full term gestation of a fetus ranges from 38 to 42 weeks. Doctors primarily suggest 40 weeks in the EDD (estimated date of delivery), but a woman, especially first time mothers, can go into labor two weeks early or two weeks late of her EDD. However, if a woman appears that she will not go into labor after more than 42 weeks, or if the baby is already getting too large earlier than 40 weeks, the doctor will induce labor. That is the number they shoot for.

In any case, the best way to confirm paternity is a DNA test post-partum.

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How many weeks until you know the sex of the baby?

Before your pregnant:: It depends on when you find out that your pregnant, after about 4-5 months you should be able to see. ((That MAY be correct, don't count on that being for sure though)

After you give birth:: It should be obvious at that point. =)

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If you have fetal pole and heart beat but you are 12 weeks pregnant?

A fetal pole and heartbeat are signs of a healthy pregnancy at 5 ½ to 6 ½ weeks.

If there is a heartbeat, you have every reason to think you are having a healthy pregnancy. I would suggest maybe there is some miscalculation of the dates and further testing needs to be done; a serum hCG level, with a repeat in 6 days and an ultra-sound repeated in 3 to 7 days, should clear up a lot of questions. Below are the specific things to look for in the first trimester that will indicate pregnancy is progressing normally.The first trimester weeks 1 through the end of week 13.Weeks 3 -5 Since LMP - (Fetal Age 1 - 3 weeks): Between day 6 - 12 after conception, the blastocyst will imbed into the uterine lining, marking the beginning of the embryonic stage. At this time the thickening of the endometrium (uterine lining) is evident.

After the embryo implants into the endometrium, hCG starts to rise 18 - 7,340 mIU/m is a normal level and it will continue to double every 2 to 3 days. Before an embryo is visible, the yolk sac can be seen inside the gestational sac - late in the 3rd week.

Week 6 Since LMP - (Fetal Age - 4 weeks): A vaginal ultrasound could possibly detect an audible heartbeat at this time. The embryo is about a ½ inch in length.

5 ½ to 6 ½ weeks is usually when either a fetal pole or even a fetal heart beat by vaginal ultrasound is detected. The fetal pole is the first visible sign of a developing embryo. Normal hCG levels are 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml.

Week 8 since LMP - (Fetal Age - 6 weeks):Everything a full grown person has, your embryo now has (in miniature) The bones are beginning to form, and the muscles can contract. The embryo is at the end of the embryonic period and begins the fetal period.

A normal heartbeat at 6-7 weeks would be 90-110 beats per minute. The presence of an embryonic heart beat, is an indication of a healthy pregnancy. hCG levels will run 7,650 - 229,000 mIU/ml at 7 to 8 weeks.

Weeks 9 -13 since LMP - (Fetal Age - 7 to 14 weeks): The fetus has grown to about 3 inches in length and weighs about an ounce. The fetus can make a fist, and the buds for baby teeth appear. The head is nearly half the size of the entire fetus.

The hCG levels will peak at about 8-12 weeks of pregnancy normal levels will run from between 7,650 - 288,000 mIU/ml.

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How do you sleep comfortably when you are pregnant?

I have found that putting a soft pillow under my hips and a pillow between my legs help me sleep better. I still have to rotate during the night but atleast that way I can sleep. Also, another one while on your side, if you straighten your bottom leg or atleast not have it all bent up and then your top leg bent up and lean forward from your side to more of the front side of your hip like you're about to sleep on your stomach. But you're not. (because you're not supposed to) this position helps give the hip bone a rest and also is more comfortable when you are used to sleeping on your stomach. If the pillow pushes against your stomach, just adjust it so you're laying on the edge and your belly goes between the pillow and the mattress. Hope this works for you as it has me.

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A good pillow and comfortable mattress are always number one on the list. You might try sleeping with one or two memory foam pillows under certain parts of your body. And after that just roll around a little bit until find a comfortable position. Its best to just explore and find out whats right/comfortable for you.:)

*** : I have found that it is comforting to have my husband next to me, not sleeping the same way, but close, to be able to lean back against him. Try to put a fortress of pillows behind you, if he is unavailable. The leaning forward to almost laying on you stomach thing has seemed to work as well. As stated above. Good Luck, get as much rest as you can, because you wont rest once the baby comes.

Using your husband is awsome, but in cases like mine... your husband might be an ass! ha ha I took a long tube-sock filled it with rice, heated it up in the microwave and then put that between a pillow and my back. The heat and support helps alot. Give it a try, best of luck.

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Pregnancy Symptoms
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Symptoms

What do pregnancy symptoms mean if you are not pregnant?

From what I've found out, if you're not pregnant and experiencing pregnancy symptoms, it's usually a psychological issue. The woman either truly wants to become pregnant or is paranoid/afraid of it. Sore breasts and nipples, moodiness, headaches and nausea are all symptoms of early pregnancy, but are also signs of PMS. The best indicator of pregnancy is a msised period and, of course, a positive test. I had a recent pregnancy "scare" when I stopped taking my birth control one month. It was about a week after my period and I first felt very weirdly tingly nipples, and then they started to hurt when touched. Then about 3 days later I felt nauseous in my morning shower and almost felt like I was going to faint. For about two weeks I felt nauseating at different points in the day, sometimes stronger than others. I had strong fatigue, heartburn, lower back aches, weird "mini" cramps in my lower abdomen, headaches that would come on and off for short times and make me feel more nauseous, and some more-than-usual clear, runny vaginal discharge. The day I got my period, my boobs were so sore and the nipples enlargened that I thought for sure I was pregnant. But I never had a positive preg test (I took home tests and two blood tests at the doctors office), and my period was typical. I don't know why my body did all this -- I've never had hormonal changes like that happen in a regular cycle to me. Just shows you that our bodies can go nuts sometimes!! I am not an expert, but I know that I was watching an episode of "Everwood" and one of the older ladies on the show was experiencing pregnancy symptoms. In her case, she was not pregnant but had another serious medical condition. I would look into this. This happened to me last month. Some early pregnancy signs are similar to hormone imbalance. You need to have them checked out.

  • I knew I was pregnant early on just by intuition and then experienced an abnormal "period". I called three doctors and since I experienced bleeding I got three different answers: first doctor said "you had a miscarriage" second doctor said "have your thyriod checked" third doctor said "stress" It turns out I was pregnant but apparently there are so many different things to cause the symptoms.
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When pregnant do you hear two heartbeats or just one?

No not necessarily

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What if fetus heartbeat is 140 is it a boy or girl?

Fetus sex can be determined by ultrasound only after the genitals have somewhat formed. It is not possible to determine the fetus's sex judging by HR. Although women have a higher HR than men, extrapolation to fetus is not possible keeping in mind things go a lot different when you breathe amniotic fluid instead of air.

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Conception Dates

How accurately can an ultrasound determine the date of conception?

Ultrasounds measure the size of the fetus to predict a due date and are usually very accurate, within two weeks, so I would safely assume that it would not be off by five weeks. You can ask your doctor, it won't be the first time he or she has answered that question,I promise.

Also it depends on when the U/S is. U/S before 12 weeks of pregnancy are very accurate, plus or minus 2 weeks. After that there are more varibles, babies grow at different rates so they are not as accurate.

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Can twins be missed at 12 week scan?

Yes, it is very common for one twin to hide behind the other and be missed on the scan. That's what happened to my best friend's mum, she went for a scan suspecting she was having twins, and they told her it was one baby, when she went for her 12 week, it turned out she was actually pregnant with triplets, they hid behind each other.

Keep your fingers crossed & good luck xx

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Is it possible to hear a baby's heart beat loud and strong at nine weeks pregnant?

With a doctors "listener" it can be heard. I wouldn't say loud and clear, but it's possible it could be loud and clear, depends on the woman and the baby.

AnswerYes I heard my babys heartbeat at 9 weeks pregnant with a at home fetal monitor. AnswerA vaginal ultra sound can detect a heartbeat as soon as 6 weeks gestation but more commonly at 7-8 weeks. The fetal Doppler used on the outside of your belly should pick up a heartbeat at 12 weeks clearly. AnswerA fetal heartbeat can be heard as early as 8-10 weeks pregnant using a good fetal Doppler such as one rented from Tummy Tickles or a company like that. AnswerYes it can be heard. I had an ultrasound at 7 weeks and heart it perfectly and then again at 9 weeks on a Doppler in the doctors office.
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Can an ultrasound be 100 percent sure of a baby's sex?

Ultrasounds can't be 100% accurate for the sex of a baby because the penis or testicles may be hidden. Or the umblilical chord or something else may look like a penis. It is the best way to tell the sex though. And it is probably more accurate on the other things because those are tested in a different way. With measurements of the body part or other more accurate ways. The sex is determined just by what the person giving the ultrasound sees. .

no because one the umblical cord could make it look like the baby has a penis or even the babys finger could make you think it is boy but you are never sure because they told my sister she was having a girl twice and the baby ended up being a boy

definitely not.....THREE ultrasounds said i was having a boy.....she is now a 9 year old girl ;0)

I have two children a boy and a girl. The Ultrasound Tech was the same for both of them and at 18 weeks they guessed accurately. If you have an ultrasound tech that knows what they are doing then yes, it can be 100% accurate.

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Is ultrasound scanning accurate enough to reveal a baby's sex at 20 weeks?

Chances are, when you did your ultrasound it was the umbilical cord that was seen and not a penis. The 2 are very easily mistaken.

Yes, it is certainly accurate. You can generally find out between 4.5-6 months of pregnancy. If you have a talented radiologist that just makes it all the more easy for you to get a more accurate idea of the sex of the baby.

This is the most common time to be able to tell the baby's sex. Before this there is not much dirrerence between the sexes, and after this other parts of the baby get in the way as there is not so much room. However you may have a coy baby who will not reveal its sex no matter how good the scan.

i have two kids and i found out with both of mine the swx. one scan WA at 17.5 weeks and the 2nd scan was at 20 weeks. good luck

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8 weeks pregnant but baby measuring 6 weeks?

That's completely normal. don't sweat it.

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Second Trimester

How fast should a baby's heartbeat be at 10 and a half weeks?

at 10 1/2 weeks a babies heartbeat should be between 140 and 150

Not all pregnancies are the same, i should know, I'm having my 6th one. From what i was told with my pregnancies, was that for boys, the normal beat would be between 130/139 and for girls 140/150. If it's much over or much under, only your ob doctor can tell you if it's ok or not. I'm 30 weeks now and my doctor told me the beat was 152, i was worried because my other daughter didn't have it that high and on top of that, he told me i was having a boy. My ob says that as long as the heart beat stays between 120 to 160, it should be fine. Again, it all depends on your doctor. This early in the pregnancy, i definitely would suggest to get a pro's opinion.

ACOG expanded their guidelines to include heartbeats from 110-160 as a normal range during pregnancy.

Although, as you get closer to term, more important factors contribute to good fetal heart tones (FHTs) than just heart rate including variability, absence of decels, presence of accels, and a reactive strip.

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Medical Definitions and Word Differences

What is clinical correlation requested after an MRI?

When interpreting an imaging study (xray, CT, ultrasound, or MRI, among others), sometimes a particular finding can mean different things in different clinical situations. When a radiologist comes across a finding which may mean multiple things, a radiologist says "please correlate with clinical findings" or "clinical correlation requested" to indicate the finding may mean several things in different circumstances.

For example, on a chest Xray there may be some opacities in a lung field. That, combined with the clinical information that the patient has a high fever, with yellow sputum, high white blood cell count, and is a young woman without other medical problems--then the leading suspicion is that it is an infection, likely pneumonia. On the other hand, if the clinical information is that the patient has just had minor surgery, no fever, has some shallow breaths, then it's more likely that the opacities can be due to atelectasis.

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How do you know if a boy is getting anno yed of you?

there are a few ways to tell he usually wont go out of his way to talk to you, if u and him are talking he wont bring up many subjects, if he always finds an excuse to stop talking to you, and he might not answer your calls or emails. those are some ways i know about.

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How do you know you have conceived?

* Wait to see if you get your period. If you don't then you take a hpt. * Next time you see your doctor, ask them for a pregnancy blood test.

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How much does the average pregnancy test cost?

The average I used to see for a decent, but cheap pregnancy test was eight dollars. However, when I go in that aisle at a drug store, I'm surprised to see the prices raised. The new average is approximately $12.

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Can an ultrasound detect twins at 5 weeks?

An ultrasound may be able to detect multiple embryos as early as your third week of pregnancy; However, the ultrasound will be most reliable at detecting a multiple or twin pregnancy at around 6 to 8 weeks.

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Why would a 92 Dodge Colt E100 not start after sitting for five months?

Check to see if your getting fuel at the Multi Point Injection Intake disconnect the Fuel line and then turn the ignition on and see if your getting fuel coming out of that line. If not then you have a fuel pump problem. I discovered with my 92 Dodge Colt that after it sat at my mechanics place for seven months and I finally got it back cause he never fixed it, the fuel pump doesnt work now and the tank got drained empty so I suspect the pump got corroded or rusty because of the tank being empty. You have to see if it is getting fire and fuel and has compression. The gas is porbably bad and neeeds replaced.

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