10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

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The date of your first ultrasound is fast approaching ... It is the moment or never to take stock of exactly what awaits you.

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10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

1. The exam can cost an arm

Theoretically, the first compulsory ultrasound should not come back too expensive: the Social Security reimburses 70% on the basis of the tariff agreed. In practice, many sonographers practice excess fees (not reimbursed by Social Security). Inquire before making an appointment and see if your mutual can cover the extra costs.

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

2. You will drink like a thirsty camel in the desert (except that you are not thirsty ...)

It is often recommended to drink ½ liter, or even 1 liter of whole water, in the hour before the first ultrasound: a bladder full indeed makes it possible to obtain better images. It must be recognized that it is quite painful when you are not thirsty ... According to the ultrasound professionals, one will ask you to come with the bladder full, the other will not require anything. A full bladder can better visualize the uterus, especially in the 1st trimester, when it is still small.

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10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

3. Your belly is going to be spread like a Christmas turkey ...

The sonographer does not put a dab of gel. It puts a lot of gel. It's cold, too. But without this freeze, the images would not be clear enough. Difficult to cut ...

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

4. ... and kneaded like bread dough

The probe can exert quite vigorous pressure during the examination (always a matter of image quality), but rest assured: the sonographer knows what he is doing, baby will not risk anything.

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

5. You will "use" a condom

If the "classical" technique does not give good results at the first ultrasound, a vaginal probe is used. It is disinfected between each patient and covered with a condom to prevent STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

6. You will not understand much about what is happening on screen (but you will pretend yes)

Between the obscure terms used by the sonographer and the blurry images, not easy to grasp everything you see. Unless you have medical training of course ... But in general, parents pretend to understand: rather die than to confess that we can not locate the baby's ear!

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

7. You may have an audience

It's quite rare, but as much to be aware: a student in training can attend the ultrasound. In this case, the practitioner will ask him a lot of questions during your exam, to see if he has learned his lessons ("Can you point the humerus on the screen?"). If this bothers you, report it right away: you have the right to refuse to be present.

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

8. Baby may look like an alien

Depending on the position of the child and the angle of the probe, baby can really have a funny face on the screen. But do not worry, he'll be cute at birth.

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

9. Your belly will stay sticky a good while ...

The gel is very difficult to remove. At the end of the exam, the practitioner will give you a little something to wipe you, but it will certainly take a shower or a bath, once at home, to remove everything ...

10 truths (real) that I had hidden on ultrasound

10. At the end of the exam, you will run to the toilet

Direct consequence of water abuse and pressure probe: you will very much want to pee in the middle of the exam. This will give you the opportunity to visit the local toilets as soon as the ultrasound is over ... and you'll get dressed, of course.

Illustration: Line Severinsen. Go quickly find other illustrations on his Instagram account