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#1 Lovingmummy22

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

Hello, I am new to this site but I have a few questions, as this is my second pregnancy I kinda had an idea of what my first ultrasound would be like, but it was far from it, I was 11 weeks 4 days at the time the lady was extremely rude to me, this wasn't at a hospital just at an X-ray  place I've been to many times during my last pregnancy, she out the gel near my belly button but not on the Doppler then put the Doppler right next to my right hip without gel and dragged it back and forth along my c section scar which was extremely painful and she kept in about a 4 cm box on my right hip not looking anywhere else, she scanned for about 5 mins not saying a word and taking very few photos then said " well that's all you can see at this stage" now to my point, I've had a hunch that I might be having twins either fraternal or identical but if I was she didn't look enough to try and see if I did. I have an anntenatal appt in 2 weeks so I will ask for another ultrasound then, my baby looked extremely small compared to my son at the same gest, is this normal for a singleton second pregnancy or a twin pregnancy?

#2 miaandme

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:31 PM

Hi,

Did you get a report of some kind?  Pictures?  At nearly 12 weeks, twins should have been quite obvious to the ultrasound technician.

If she wasn't any good, I would call up the x-ray place and complain and demand another scan with somenoe who is willing to communicate about whats going on!

Good luck
Michelle

#3 strawberry blondes

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

I have never had twins so I wouldn't know about size etc but I think you were treated terribly! You should ring the clinic and speak to the manager and request another scan at their cost.

#4 mrsboof

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:43 PM

The ultrasound machines at a general X-ray are probably not as clear as those as a specialist obstetric places, so that may have been why baby appeared smaller. Did you get any pictures with a measurement, as that would be the clue?

I agree with PP that twins should be pretty obvious at that point.

I guess the other things is maybe the sonographer there is not supposed to/ authorised give results/ talk about it. Often they can be 'just the technition' and its the radiologist that then reads it and sends the report back to the GP for them to give you the results??

#5 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

I don't know about other twin mums but my twins were the same size as my singleton and measured ahead for dates (and there was no way my dates were out as I was being closely monitored through my cycles).

I don't think she would have missed a baby, not at that stage of pregnancy, it is very very obvious (well was for us anyway).

If you are unhappy with the experience though then put in a complaint so another woman doesn't have to go through what you did.

#6 ~Bob~

Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

I agree with the PP, twins are normally similar sizes to singletons until later in the pregnancy. And at 12 weeks *most* twin pregnancies are diagnosed. There are exceptions to this of course, but I would assume you are having a singleton.

I am sorry she was so curt with you.

#7 AdelTwins

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:56 PM

I had an extremely useless ultrasound tech. He kept leaving the room! Basically he had seen twins but had no idea what to do next, so he kept leaving the room to ask for help.
Meanwhile DH & I were worried sick that our baby wasn't OK. We were in for a bit of a shock. wink.gif
Even he was able to see twins at only 8 weeks.
Ultrasound techs can get it wrong... But it's unlikely to be identical twins at 11.5 weeks. They would have been able to see two spinal cords & two heartbeats, etc.
There's a small chance that it's fraternal twins, but more likely it's a healthy singleton!

#8 AdelTwins

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:59 PM

Forgot to add - twins grow at exactly the same rate, in the first and second trimester, as a singleton. I would ask your OB about the ultrasound measurements.

#9 domestically~challenged

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

My twins could be seen at 6 weeks on a dodgy little machine. I continued having weely scans and they were always clearly visible and that was on a portable little machine in an OB's room.

#10 Oh My......

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:28 PM

My twins where seen at 6 weeks at the OBs office. They are still growing at the same rate as a singleton

#11 nomazoca

Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

My twins were glaringly obvious at my first 8 week scan

#12 All-New

Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

[they] didn't find the third until 14 weeks after 4 previous ultrasounds picking up 2.  The identicals are momo so only one amnion so much harder to pick up third.

#13 Clorox_Girl

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

Did you not get any pictures or a report? Did she take measurements etc? Check the hear rate/s? This sounds like a very strange ultrasound and I would be making a complaint to the practice manager and requesting another scan with a different tech.



#14 raone

Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:31 AM

If this was the twelve week scan to check for abnormalities (NT?) it sounds like she did a crappy job. When I had mine it went for nearly an hour with all the measurements and trying to look from different angles.

#15 regandrog

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:06 AM

What could you see on the screen?

When I went for a scan at 9 weeks because of bleeding I saw the two sacs before the ultrasound person explained it to me. They were just little blobs at that stage.



#16 Lovingmummy22

Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:09 PM

It was supposed to be a dating scan, not to check for anything. Update, had another scan yesterday at hospital, turns out my hunch was right, to little babies, one was hiding behind the other, original.gif thanks for the help.

#17 Lovingmummy22

Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

Also the lady at the hospital explained that if I had an ultrasound before 8 weeks it would be easier to tell but because I was almost 12 weeks the babies are big enough to hide behind one another, she had to move the Doppler all over my uterus to find the other one, just didn't want to be found I think original.gif excited that I was right and I'm having two beautiful babies!

#18 missjoads1234

Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

Wow thats really unusual! Cant say ive ever heard of that happening (in recent times.) So...fraternal, identical? Im thinking 9 times out of 10 they'd have to be identical to have missed one? There was no way either one mine were being missed!

#19 Liv_FERAL_sh

Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:20 PM

QUOTE (Kai's pregnant mum @ 06/12/2012, 03:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also the lady at the hospital explained that if I had an ultrasound before 8 weeks it would be easier to tell but because I was almost 12 weeks the babies are big enough to hide behind one another, she had to move the Doppler all over my uterus to find the other one, just didn't want to be found I think original.gif excited that I was right and I'm having two beautiful babies!


Congratulations!!

It sounds like the 'lady' is making up bollocks to cover-up a mistake though! I found out I was having twins at the 12 week scan and both babies were fully visible on one pic, there as not need to move the probe.

Welcome to the twins club though!

#20 Green Door

Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:32 PM

Sounds so weird to me.

#21 rainycat

Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:34 PM

Congratulations!

Edited by rainycat, 06 December 2012 - 03:52 PM.


#22 Lovingmummy22

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:16 PM

QUOTE (missjoads1234 @ 06/12/2012, 02:16 PM)
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Wow thats really unusual! Cant say ive ever heard of that happening (in recent times.) So...fraternal, identical? Im thinking 9 times out of 10 they'd have to be identical to have missed one? There was no way either one mine were being missed!



Identical,she said before it started that they would have to be identical cause fraternals are very hard to miss due to different large sacs. After about 10 mins of scanning and no twin my hopes were fading then she said " Ahuh!" my heart skipped a beat original.gif

#23 Lovingmummy22

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:19 PM

QUOTE (Green Door @ 06/12/2012, 02:32 PM)
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Sounds so weird to me.


As I said in my first post, she stayed in the same spot and only scanned for 5 mins, so she seen the one baby stopped and didnt bother looking for another. And from what I've read online it's quite possible to miss a twin up until 20 weeks becaus by that time the babies are too huge to miss, plus you can hear both heartbeats.

#24 missjoads1234

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:39 PM

Oh ok sounds very bizarre to me! Cant say ive ever heard that before. I cant imagine missing at twin at 20 wks would even be possible in todays day and age.

#25 Tenacious C

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

Mentioning heartbeats...I know that whenever I have had a dating scan they measured the heart rate of the foetus, wasn't this done at your dating scan?




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