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Old Dec 3rd, 2017, 21:47 PM   1
Sander
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How to not worry about 20 week scan?


Thought I was over the worst of the worry, but I've never done this before and our scan is in 6 weeks. I read this article on anencephaly (no brain), and another one about a baby missing a bunch of its organs, and I know all these serious complications are super rare but I'm finding it hard not to worry. We opted out of the NT testing because we're low risk and we would keep the baby either way, plus - did I mention I worry?? Haha

So anyways point is we haven't had a scan since 7 weeks, and although baby sounds great on the doppler I can't fall back on the reassurance of a 12 week scan.

DH and I are both under 30 and healthy, no family history of anything. My poor DH has put up with my worrying since day 1, and I'm trying to ask here instead of bother him with more worrying

Small problems are no big deal - I'm just so afraid of a big dire problem that will be life threatening.

Ugh any help would be awesome



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2017, 08:13 AM   2
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They lead up to the 20 week scan can definitely be scary. My only suggestion is stay off of Google. Things that you will see and read about other people's experiences are just going to make you panic. There is literally nothing that you can do right now to make the scan anything other than what it will be. All you can do is be hopeful, enjoy the pregnancy as much as you can and take it easy for yourself and your little growing Bub.

Good luck and hang in there!



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2017, 09:29 AM   3
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Myshel said it perfectly. There really is no way not to worry if you are a worrier. I definitely worried. I admit having a scan at 11 weeks helped because my OB did an anatomy check then as well. However, even wit that reassurance I still worried.

The best thing for me was to stay as busy as I could. On really busy days at work or when I had assignments due for school, I would generally be so focused I would forget to worry. So I recommend finding some ways to keep busy that will occupy your mind enough to keep you distracted from the wait.

Good luck!



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2017, 10:36 AM   4
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It is difficult not to worry, I think it's only natural. I found distraction was the best thing to help me so that I didn't focus on it too much, although it was always in the back of my mind. I hope everything goes well



 
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Old Dec 4th, 2017, 16:15 PM   5
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yep definitely keep yourself distracted and off of google.
i did have a problem at my recent 20 week scan, but it is SO RARE, and you will most likely have nothing to worry about. my problem will hopefully resolve on it's own... and if there was an issue at the smallest chance, you would want to know to prepare and plan.
but honestly, it is so unlikely!! my other baby scans were all A-ok!



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 14:24 PM   6
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I I too was told of an anomaly today.
A problem with babies kidneys.
Nothing can change the outcome at all so just take one day at a time. I was also stressing about the pregnancy and convinced something would happen however I hadn't really contemplated them finding something at the scan as it was my 10th one.

Chances are your baby will be fine (:



 
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Old Dec 18th, 2017, 06:55 AM   7
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I worry 24 hours a day, all of our scans so far show he is a healthy little thing, but I can't stop myself, I am so sure he is going to die that it's overwhelming.
Sending so much love, I know how hard it is xxx



 
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Old Dec 18th, 2017, 08:30 AM   8
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Try to relax, I totally get where you are mentally. I found a Doppler really helpful in easing my panic attacks and once I was able to feel this one move my anxiety has lowered significantly.



 
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Old Dec 18th, 2017, 13:02 PM   9
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It's natural to worry. But worrying won't change anything. I struggle with anxiety anyway so I totally get it. I just try and tell myself that most things can be fixed or dealt with and it's VERY rare to get somethings thats incompatible with life.

Also I asked my sonographer at my 12 week scans when they usually pick up ancephally and she said most of the time they can see it as early as your 12 week scan as that's when the skull is formed.



 
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Old Dec 19th, 2017, 09:03 AM   10
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I always felt nervous before the first twelve week one mostly. In all honesty I think it's totally normal to worry. It's obviously annoying that we can't relax but it's the unknown isn't it. It's kind of something you ride out from now on. You have to not go on the Internet looking at things. Cross paths when you get to them. Try and be realistic that your baby is likely very healthy. Ask yourself how many people do you know who have been through an horrendous shock. I know just one girl who sadly had a baby with a tumour on her face. At 34 weeks she was advised to have him go be with the angels. I'm not sure what they did but he passed away in her tummy. Other than that everyone I know has had healthy thriving babies with minor problems if any. My daughter had hip dysplasia for 3 months but it was cured. It was sad that my baby was all harnessed up but she's absolutely fine now. As parents we just deal with whatever comes our way. Your baby is more than likely just fine xx



 
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