Monday, April 25, 2016

#AtoZChallenge - U is for 'Ultrasound'

Can you imagine a pregnancy without the 'ultrasound'?


Its like the only window to the inside. You hear the good news. The not so good news. It can determine if the baby is a he or a she. And you even get photos that you can share on social media!


obgyn.net

What's not so much fun though is having this really cold jelly paste slathered on to a belly that's holding not just a baby but a 'ready to burst' bladder (what with the 3 litres of water you had to down) and then prodded on with a rolling device. Of course you are excited to see the head and the little legs and arms.. but can you even concentrate when you are trying really hard not to pee?

And for those who just can't wait till the baby comes out.. there are now ultrasounds now that give you 3D images and 4D videos too. 

And for the extra paranoid- you can apparently buy your ultrasound devices and DIY. They don't come cheap but apparently there are fetal dopplers that allow you to listen to the baby's heartbeat and there are sonogram kits that you can hook up to smart phones.

31 comments:

  1. I was crying when I saw my baby's heartbeat images and heard the heartbeat, for the first time... OMG! I can never forget that day.... it was one of the most beautiful moments of my life :-)

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  2. Yes it's wonderful to get an inside view.. :) scary part is when they identify something that might be a risk. Ultrasounds always make me nervous.

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  3. It would make life stress free and bring things in our hand. I can imagine the stress, pain and anxiety of being on the table for examination.

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    1. I guess the privacy of one's home is unbeatable. But I would still think it would be better for a technician to do the diagnosis.

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  4. 'ready to burst bladder' made me laugh but is the truth! Advances in technology should make pregnancy better and help identify a foetus at risk...
    @yenforblue from
    Spice of Life!

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    1. Having to drink all that water, really gets to me.

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  5. A woman goes through so much during pregnancy and at the time of delivery. Guess, the ultra sounds ease up things a bit!

    https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/a-to-z-trail-the-trail/

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    1. Hi Ranveer, thanks for visiting and sharing!

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  6. A woman goes through so much during pregnancy and at the time of delivery. Guess, the ultra sounds ease up things a bit!

    https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/a-to-z-trail-the-trail/

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  7. Things have come a long way since I had my babies in the 1980's - an ultrasound was on a tv set in the doctors office and you were given one instamatic photo and that was it. No home machines, no 3D - just one grainy photograph (and the full bladder part happened then too!) Leanne @ cresting the hill

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    1. Technology in leaps and bounds as they say... and now on to your smartphone!

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  8. A DIY ultrasound machine is a stretching it too far and something I'd never do even if I could afford it.
    You are so right that with the bladder bursting how can one concentrate on minute details?

    @theerailivedin
    The Era I Lived In

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    1. I think the DIY one will cause more stress than peace.

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  9. Aww, you're making me relive those months layer by layer. Loving the layers :)
    Sudha from
    Everyday Muse

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  10. Hmm, the sono scans and cold jellies, full bladders, don't think I miss those! Amazing how much tech has advanced! But maybe it is too much of a good thing? Cheers
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. As long as it helps with a easy and informed pregnancy its good right?

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  11. It's really amazing to see a simple device can peek into your belly and report to you the inside of the belly! While the jelly part sure sucks... I find it gross somehow, don't understand why!
    And the picture you've used above is simply hilarious!

    Cheers
    Geets

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  12. Thoroughly like the cartoon! :) Remember both the good part and the terrible parts, pee problem, jelly problem (eww gross!),tickling problem. USG's make me nervous every time, and I've faced them not just for pregnancies.

    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. I wish I was creative enough to do it without the funniest images find online.. :D Maybe in the next challenge.

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  13. How times have changed since I had my daughter 24 years ago. My friend recently had her baby and has lots of 3D images which to be honest - freaked me out. Great post!

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    1. 3D images do look a little scary.. no offense to anyone..

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  14. I remember my ultrasounds with both children. I still have the ultrasound pictures somewhere.

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  15. Wow, do it yourself ultrasounds! Unbelievable. I don't think it's worth spending uber money on that. Enjoyed your post.

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  16. I think I was one of the early ultra sound moms (my daughters are in their early thirties) and the doctor was so excited to hear the heartbeat she called the entire hospital to have a peek. I also had a photo of my baby in utero but threw it away one day.....

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    1. Am sure you were excited too! :)

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  17. Ha Ha...funny pic..then it will be Horo telling machine rather than Heartbeat counting. My pulse always remained high when I went through the scans. Interesting read.

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