After quite a wait, we finally got a look at the little peanut that I’ve been carrying around for the past 20 weeks. (I was about 20 weeks, 5 days at the time of my ultrasound.)
My appointment was in the afternoon. First, we sat in the waiting room for almost 45 minutes past the scheduled appointment time. One of the things you learn pretty quickly when you’re heading to the obgyn on a regular basis is that you need to be prepared to wait. Whether you’re with an OB or a midwife, always be ready to wait when you show up for appointments. They may be called away at any time to do a delivery or deal with complications. You may spend significant time in the waiting room, you may spend time waiting in the exam room. Certainly, some providers tend to be more on time than others, but you may need to wait with any provider. I usually try to schedule my appointments in the morning whenever I can. I’m more likely to have a shorter wait this way. Because I understand that waits are possible, I never get upset about it (though I certainly hear other people get upset). I don’t schedule other things within the few hours around my appointments and I make sure to bring a book or something else to do.
After the delay, my partner and I were escorted back to see the ultrasound technician. I should preface this by saying that they generally suggest that you try to come with a full-ish bladder when you have an ultrasound. It’s not required, but it can help push everything up and allow for clearer pictures. By the time we went back, I was so ready to get this deal done so that I could use the bathroom! The technician had me lay down on a special reclined chair and pull my pants down around my thighs. It was cool because they had a big screen TV mounted near the ceiling so that we could see the pictures clearly. (With my last pregnancy, we were only able to look at the computer screen on the cart with the ultrasound.) The technician lubricated the wand and started to work on my abdomen. Thankfully, they keep the special lubricant gel warm so there was no cold shock! She was able to get a clear picture right away…
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