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Old 04-24-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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What would the U/S tech have been checking.

I had an ultrasound today, I'm 34 weeks and a few days. It was just to check growth. Baby has a small cleft palate and they just wanted to make sure he was growing as cleft can be related to other issues though the 4 U/S earlier have shown him to be very healthy.
Anyway, the tech said there would be some sound and she was just checking the blood. She had the wand on my lower right side, baby's back is on my left, arms and legs on the right. She checked several times, like maybe 5 times. It just sounded kinda like the heartbeat (same speed I usually hear at my check ups) but she did say blood, not heart rate. I had a growth u/s with my daughter at about the same time and they never listened to anything. Would she be checking something with the placenta? Could there be something wrong with the placenta? When she let us listen to the heartbeat she had the wand on my left where the baby's body is.

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Re: What would the U/S tech have been checking.

She was checking the velocity of the blood flow through the cord. If it doesn't flow with a certain amount of force it is a warning sign.
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Re: What would the U/S tech have been checking.

Is that normally checked or would she have noticed something that would make her feel the need to check? Aarg, I'm going to be on pins and needles waiting to hear from my midwife. I just have this feeling that somehow this baby is coming early.
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Is that normally checked or would she have noticed something that would make her feel the need to check? Aarg, I'm going to be on pins and needles waiting to hear from my midwife. I just have this feeling that somehow this baby is coming early.
It's something they routinely check. :-) They've done it for all three of my babies on all the later ultrasounds (general anatomy scan, scan to check for estimated size). If there was something concerning, they would have called you before the close of business. :-)
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Re: What would the U/S tech have been checking.

Yep, they've checked blood flow in the cord with my ultrasounds too. You could ask your midwife/ob to give you a call when the report comes in, to set your mind at ease, but I'm sure, as the pp said, they would let you know if there was a problem. Diminished blood flow in the corn usually means delivery ASAP, so they'd tell you.
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Cord flow, I think - that's very routine to check and can sometimes take a bit to measure.
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