High BMI ladies who've had 20 week scan

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  1. bther

    bther Single mummy to Zachary

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    Hello,

    Just wondering if your scans had to be postponed due to your high BMI?

    I remember that the sonographer told me that my 20 week scan should be made for 21-22 weeks and I think it was due to my high BMI as she wrote on the report about the view restricted due to increased BMI. The receptionist worked out the date and booked the appointment. I asked the midwife and she said they'd just invite me back if they couldn't see. Just wondering if many others had had to go back a little while later?

    Thank you
     
  2. misspink

    misspink Well-Known Member

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    Hi hun, mine is quite high and there were no issues at any of my scans, I haven't needed to be re-called at all. Good luck!
     
  3. Pixie2320

    Pixie2320 Well-Known Member

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    I was about 270pounds ( I'm 5'10) and had my 20 week scan just fine, I don't carry a ton of my weight in my abdomen though so maybe it depends? I also had a private scan at 18 weeks and they were able to tell gender :shrug:
     
  4. xxxleeleexxx

    xxxleeleexxx mum to DD & DS

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    i had my 20 week scan at 19+4 and my 12 week scan was at 10+6 and we saw everything perfectly fine! i have a high BMI too :(
     
  5. hoptingfor3

    hoptingfor3 Mom to three girls :)

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    Maybe that's why my doc wont do that scan until 24 weeks? I am 5'2" and only 180ish....can't see that being such a problem to push it back a whole month though?
     
  6. becsparkel

    becsparkel Mummy to George

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    I have a high BMI (35) and have been asked to go back as she couldn't measure the baby's heart - although I was told it was because baby wasn't moving around that much.

    I thought the scan went brilliantly, she got everything except for the heart measurements, but on my notes it says - view severely(!) restricted due to adiposity, meaning fat! I had to google it. The sonographer also booked me for a growth scan at 32 weeks without saying why. There is nothing wrong with the baby's measurements so I can only assume it's because I have a high BMI.
     
  7. Loubpop

    Loubpop Well-Known Member

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    I have a high BMI and I had my 20 week scan at 20 +3 and they were able to see everything really well. I even had a trainee doing some of it! :)
     
  8. Jaybear5

    Jaybear5 Pregnant with baby #2

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    I have a high BMI and my past 2 scans(8wk & 13wk) have not been great due to my weight(I carry most of my weight around my middle)....but had a gender scan at 16+3 and that was fine so hoping my 20 week one will go well(I'm having it next week at 19+3) x
     
  9. BabyBubbles

    BabyBubbles Expecting number 2!

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    This is exactly the same for me and my BMI is 36. I was told the extra growth scan was due to my bmi though :(
     
  10. sparklyjubbly

    sparklyjubbly <3 Mum of two boys <3

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    I think a lot of it is how we carry our weight on our bodies. My BMI is 39, so higher than most of you ladies here, yet it's pretty much all in my 36H boobs and chunky monkey thighs :blush: My 7 week scan (due to bleeding from uterus) and 12+6 week scan were both done externally and without problem at all, my 20 week scan is booked for around 20 weeks and my notes don't say anything about restricted views or anything. I think if you're more apple shaped carrying the weight across tum then perhaps it could be more of an issue in the ultrasound? Or perhaps it's just the way things are done in that hospital, my experience from reading on here is that you can't take anything for face value as all hospitals/appointments/midwives etc have their own ways and means of organising appointments and what happens in them etc
     
  11. bther

    bther Single mummy to Zachary

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    Thanks ladies. I don't mind being asked to go back of course, just wondered what happened with the majority!

    I've been booked in for two extra growth scans at 28 and 34 weeks. I'm a size 20/22 on bottom and 16/18 on top and 5'7" and they also tried to give me TED stockings to wear whilst not mobile. Fact is, I am very mobile & despite my size, never sit in front if the telly chomping down junk food!! I didn't get them in the end as the prescription had another ladies details on it.

    Thanks again for your replies.
     
  12. BabyDeacon

    BabyDeacon Mum1DS 1angel 1cooking

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    my scans early and normal and private scans ahve all been normal,,, (private gender scan at 16 weeks external and confirmed gender :blue:) the Mw said to me its best at 20+4 something about measurements and the best date or something i have high bmi too
     
  13. becsparkel

    becsparkel Mummy to George

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    Good to know I'm not alone! My sonographer was all sweetness and light in the room then scarpered before I could ask what the extra scan was for. It's got to be my BMI but had me worried there was something wrong with the baby - I have literally scaned every inch of my notes!!
     
  14. becsparkel

    becsparkel Mummy to George

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    Maybe it the hormones(!) but it does irritate me how the medical profession judges us larger ladies. I'm very mobile too, I can't drive so walk most places and will be joining a prego yoga course to get me all labour ready. Both me & DH enjoy cooking and cook from scratch, hardly have take outs... and yet I'm deemed high risk straight off and initially told I couldn't use the birth centre because of my BMI (lovely midwife rounded down, so my BMI is in range now!)... and then there's the old, "large ladies have large babies" chesnut. ok, sorry, rant over!! ;) just a bit annoyed, seems as though being big is on the same scale as smoking and drinking...
     
  15. chichestermum

    chichestermum mummy of 2 :)

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    I dont get why that is so stuck in midwifes and proffesionals heads, that larger women have larger babies, slim women can have big babies too! i am a larger lady and my DD was born a very long and slim 7lb 5oz she was diddy! especially since the midwife told me not to bother with newborn clothes as my baby would be big...

    but yea it looks as tho being overweight is the same as drinking and smoking, and were often made to feel worse about it because smokers and drinkers can give up during pregnancy were we cant give up the extra weight. Okay for some people being overweight is a lifestyle choice, they want to sit in front of tv all day every day and pig out on junk but for most of us women we do eat healthy and excercise well just dont lose the weight (plus i cant be the only 1 who thinks chopping of 1 of my boobs would put me at the opposite side of the scale and into the underweight bmi chart :haha: )


    back onto the subject anyway... my scan was booked by the midwife for tuesday, il be 21 + 2 weeks, according to her there wasnt any other appointments available, this was booked 3 weeks ago haha! obv booked later because of BMI as a friend booked her app a few days after and got offered hers on quite a few days leading up to my scan. why she couldnt just say look we will scan you late because of your bmi is beyond me! oh well at least i get to go for the growth scans, even tho midwife at app could easily find my uterus and measured FH correct for how many weeks i was...
    i just get on with it and go along now, but if she dares asks me to go see the check up with aneasthetic i will give her a right bloody telling off! iv already ordered 1 natural birth, hold the drugs extra G+A. i am not having some aneasthetic person trying to tell me to have a c sect because im big! i managed it perfectly with DD and all thats got bigger since then is my boobs! i dont think they affect the positions you can get in to help labour lol!!

    ...sorry for my rant and going off on 1 lmao! xxx
     
  16. Rhiana79

    Rhiana79 Well-Known Member

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    My BMI is probably higher than most of the girls here. My 20 week scan will be done at 21 weeks and I have an additional growth scan at 34 weeks. My 13 week scan was fine and clear though so hoping the 21 week one will be too.
     

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