I currently am 23 weeks pregnant and just spoke to my doctor. When a ultrasound was done the tech never let on like anything was wrong or anything with my unborn baby. Today during a routine visit my doctor told me that there was abnormalities during the ultrasound with the babies heart, lungs and spine. Was wanting to know if other mothers have been through this and what ended up happening. Etc. And kind of want a little reassurance that everything will be okay.
Help a mama out and respond anonymously on our forum. Doctors found health issues on my unborn baby
I’ve never been through this. All I can say is do your homework before the doctor begins trying to lead you Into how you should handle this. You baby, your decision
Ultrasound technicians aren’t allowed to tell you anything unfortunately. They relay what they see to your doctor.
Ultrasound tech isn’t allowed to “read” the results. So it’s right that your doctor told you
Everything WILL be ok
Hugs momma. A friend of mine was told her baby would only live at most a year. Her babu came out perfectly fine. Stress itself is enough to land you yourself in the hospital. I know it’s hard, but think positive thoughts.
Ultrasound techs arent allowed to say anything
Sometimes the baby and you heal each other and make doctors and nurses look silly for even scaring you like that. Get every opinion you can before making a permanent decision on a temporary flaw
First I’d like to say that tech was going exactly as she’s supposed to. They are trained to find that but also not to say anything because they may not know exactly what’s up. I had a similar issue with my last baby, the doctor after viewing the ultrasound sent me to a maternal fetal dr because they thought my daughters legs were backwards. Turns out she had bilateral clubbed feet but on the ultrasound they did look backwards to everyone.
Stay calm momma, your still early enough that it could fix itself at least a little with further development. And like my daughter, it may be showing up worse than it really is. Sending prayers your way
((((HUGS)))) Everything will be OK. Stay strong. Prayers for your little one.
I hope everything is good and I can see why the Tech wouldn’t tell you if something was actually wrong since they’re not allowed. But you can always seek for a second opinion with another Dr. Try to stay calm, I know is easy to say but just try
Praying for you & your baby
My son was similar, heart, brain, bone formation abnormalities. They did a maternity 21 test and found he had Edward’s syndrome. Best of luck honey
Get all of the testing done that they suggest and offer to you. It’s so scary, I know. My neuchal translucency scan was “abnormal”. I had to immediately have a CVS test down and they did full genetic testing. Everything wound up being 100% fine but it was a scary time. Prayers to you and your baby!
I got told that there would be a chance of my unborn baby having Down syndrome and something else but can’t remember the medical term. My son is a healthy three and a half year old.
Prayers for you and Bub. Xo
I had complications leading to multiple ultrasounds and they thought my baby had spina bifida I have a healthy nearly 2 year old definitely other opinions x
My genetics testing for baby came back abnormal and high risk for DS and my baby boy came out health and nothing wrong, my first son heart a heart issues (irregular beating etc) inside the womb and came out with no heart issues.
You have permission to do what’s right for you. You don’t feel capable to deal with the person that may come, then you do what you need to.
Just let the doctors lead hun. Xx
I’m sure they’ll do more testing, I wouldn’t give up tho, and doctors tests can be wrong, don’t let them push you to make harsh decisions, this is your baby
During my anatomy scan I found out my girl has Tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary Atresia with VSD. My 8yr old son has truncus Arteriosus and pulmonary Atresia with vsd. She will need open heart surgery like my son did. With him didn’t know til after birth, but with my girl I just try taking it one day at a time. It’s going to be depressing and stressful and don’t let anyone invalidate your feelings. I hope the best for you and your baby in the end❤
You should see a specialist high risk obstetrician. There may be intervention that could help bub. At the very least give you some peace of mind and a plan for bub if they need more care at birth.
All the best xx
Techs aren’t allowed to let you know what they find, that is why they didn’t give any indication that something is wrong.
It wouldn’t hurt to get a second opinion. I hope everything is okay with your little one.
This boy right here turned 9 on the 14/3
I was told: terminate not compatible with life and his kidneys were echogenic and he would not make pregnancy or delivery…… needless to say he had the WORST case of PUV they have ever seen and been on dialysis and had a transplant three years ago but he certainly IS compatible with life just his attitude could use a tweak! Currently covid positive and doing ok xx
We had a similar scare at the first ultra sound and at the third ultrasound all was well and the baby is amazing.
They told me the same thing I ended up having my baby at 25weeks he stayed in the NIC until he was at nine months he is twenty four now has no problem he he graduated with honors
I was a high risk OB ultrasound tech. Get a second opinion and meet with a geneticist. Techs make mistakes and doctors get paid by how many tests they can run you through.
an ultrasound tech isn’t allowed to tell you much, thats why the dr looks over everything & talks to you about any concerns… not all ultrasounds are 100% on point… get other opinions
I was told my son didn’t seem to have kidneys or intestines. He’s an enormous perfect 17 year old now.
In my experience and recently received bad news- if the tech doesn’t say everything is ok I’ve gotten bad news… they’ll say the dr has to read it or something like that… good luck maybe ask the dr what he means by all that. Probably do a diff test?
Get a second opinion!!! I was told my baby had potential spinal bifida. They ran me through so many ultrasounds, unnecessary testing! I couldn’t even enjoy my pregnancy, they put so much fear into me. She was born HEALTHY, perfectly fine!!!
At my big 20 week ultra sound, they told me my baby was going to have some major heart issues. It was the WORST feeling in the world. He ended up having an open heart surgery at 11 days old…will need another one down the road, but as of right now he is an amazing healthy 3 year! He’s given us uncountable great times, he is beyond worth every tear, prayer, and sleepless night…so don’t get discouraged
The tech can’t say anything. They are supposed to remain quiet( except causal conversation) and show nothing on their face. More testing will be done no doubt. Don’t let them scare you or cause you to make a harsh decision.
The ultrasound tech didn’t say anything because they aren’t allowed to. Next, they will probably run more test to confirm their diagnosis. Ultrasounds aren’t always 100% accurate so just try to remain calm. You should also stress your concerns to your doctor. Write down any and every question that you may have so you can ask them on your next visit
Prayers to you. The chest mri is uncomfortable, but it isn’t painful; you will get through this!
My sister went through the same thing. A lot of stress on her, but when my niece was born, she was 100% okay! I agree with a second opinion.
Normally, a repeat ultrasound is done. They may do it at your OB office or send you to Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor. Sometimes babies are just in weird angles and they can’t get the best pictures. The repeat ultrasound would confirm anything they are looking for.
Same with me they said ultra sound showed heart problems . she came out happy and healthy .get a second opinion.
The ultrasound tech can’t tell you anything. It’s the doctor that has to do that. I’m sorry you’re going through that.
I personally haven’t had something like this happen… but I know a lot of people who have . Doctors would tell them a million things were wrong just for the baby to come and be completely fine . I’m not saying they’re always wrong and listen to nothing they say, but in a lot of cases it seems like tests while pregnant can easily come out inaccurate so I’d just always remain very positive.
Did you get an NIPT? If not, they’ll offer you one. Then they’ll probably send you to Maternal Fetal Medicine for a more in-depth ultrasound. They’ll offer you an amniocentesis. They’ll explain some of the abnormalities they found in the ultrasound. If you choose to get the amnio, once the results come back, they’ll give you a better diagnosis and explain whether each thing is “fixable” or something permanent your child will live with. They’ll explain what kind of risk you have for a stillbirth. If things are severe, they’ll explain your options for termination (You may have to travel out of state, or medically induce, or opt for comfort care upon full-term delivery) vs continuing the pregnancy.
At 18 weeks, I got the NIPT. It said my risk for trisomy 18 was 90%+. At 20 weeks, I got an amnio. It was 100% for trisomy 18. My ultrasounds showed a major heart defect, some minor defects, and growth restriction. I was offered termination up to 24 weeks, but I declined. I found a provider that was willing to offer a full code, and I went through with the pregnancy, knowing my daughter’s heart could stop at any time. She was born alive and spent 2.5 months in the NICU. She was offered a tracheostomy at 5 months, and open heart surgery on her first birthday. She just turned 4 years old, and she is the light of my life.
I know I am biased, and I don’t judge anyone who makes different decisions than I did, but I wish there was less ableism when it comes to having children. We all want a “perfect” baby, but even the imperfect ones are worthy. As a society, we’re so afraid of kids with special needs, and we shouldn’t be.
Always seek a second opinion from a completely different practice. When I was pregnant with my daughter, planned on having home birth. Went in for a amniotic fluid scan, they did a full scan and claimed I was 34 weeks and that I needed to give birth asap due to issues with the placenta and if I didn’t the baby would die. Well I was barely 22 weeks (like not even 22 weeks, 21 and 5 days) they tried to force me to be admitted to the hospital. I called my midwife, she got me out of there, and I went for a second opinion. Turned out when I went for the second opinion there was NOTHING wrong with anything and I was definitely not as far along as the first place claimed. Which I knew from previous scans and tracking w everything.
No one can give you assurances hun, just get a second opinion go get another scan…you got this mama
I found out at 20 weeks their was serious issues with my daughter she had formed high drops has heart issues and spine issues she passed away bought I fought until she couldn’t anymore she’s had turners syndrome originally they believed to be t18
The tech cant tell you anything. The doctor has to tell you. Get another opinion if your not comfortable.
Normally the dr has to go over the scans the tech does and then they will tell you what’s going on. Tech doesn’t do that
Have you been referred to fetal medicine specialist x I got the news that our sweet girl has spina bifida and hydrocephalus at our 20 week scan and although she has issues with her mobility bowel and bladder due to the spina bifida she is the most happiest content baby always smiling xx
Always get a 2nd opinion from. Different provider!
I was told son had kidney issues but he came out just fine
Get an amino to understand how high the risks are and genetics
My sister was told that my nephew had issues & was offered a termination of pregnancy & of course she declined. That boy was born perfectly normal & healthy and is off to college to play basketball…God knows everything & we choose to trust him…
Techs generally cannot say anything doctors get the last say just to make sure what the techs found is accurate
Techs aren’t allowed to tell you anything. Only your OB can.
Your OB should be referring you to a Fetal Specialist if they feel it’s really a concern.
Pray. They’re not always right. Give it over to God. They may be right- may be wrong. Give it over to God all your fears and worries and questions and wait and when the baby is born continue giving it over to God. Either they will be born perfectly healthy and they were mistaken which does happen a lot or the baby may be born with some issues. Could be major or minor but the important thing here is for you to know it is not in your control. Give it over to God. He will never abandon you or the baby. It might be minor things that don’t need treatments etc. They may be things that heal or fix themselves between now and the birth! It is all unknown. Take what the say with a grain of salt. Prepare your mind and heart to know that if they’re right there may be challenges however- nothing is too big for God. Keep your faith up. Also to the person who recommended Amniocentesis. DO NOT DO THAT. It can cause preterm labor miscarriage and more. NOT worth the risk just for you to get more “answers” ahead of time. Do not do it. You can wait until baby is born and figure it out then IF there are any problems which there may not be. They’re wrong often.
I don’t know if anyone can give you reassurance but I’d do know that if the doctor sees something abnormal on a scan they will usually have you do another one so they can focus on the specific parts of the body and verify. The ultrasound techs are not allowed to say anything, they tell doc and doc tells you. Good luck mama I hope all is okay and turns out good!
Ultrasound techs really aren’t allowed to tell you much. I went thru something similar with my oldest and was sent to a specialist and turned out everything was fine! Sending prayers and love mama!
When I was pregnant with my second son (29 years ago), I went for my 8 week check up and I was measuring at 16 weeks. At first, they thought I was having twins. I was sent to a neonatologist who told me I had too much amniotic fluid, hence the baby was not drinking enough in the womb. They wanted to do an amniocentesis. The only reason I agreed was because if my baby needed surgery right after birth, I wanted him to have the best care. I was later told my child was going to be born without a stomach, and some other horrible things. The least of his problems would be Down Syndrome. The doctor urged me to have an abortion. I told him absolutely not! I prayed God would heal anything that was wrong with my baby. Skip to third trimester. I went back to the neonatologist. They checked me and told me they couldn’t explain it, but everything looked fine. When I had him, he was 8 pounds and 12 ounces and was perfect. He is the light of my life. He has brought me so much happiness. Please get a second opinion. The doctors are not always right. God Bless You and your precious baby.
Techs are trained not to react or reveal results to patients. They are not doctors, they just take the pictures.
First, take a deep cleansing breath. As a nurse I would advise you to find another OB who specializes in high risk pregnancies who are called perinatologists to get a second opinion. If you live in a small town, go look on line for one in a city close to where you live, maybe connected to a university. Know all you can about your baby before you make any decisions.
Your doctor is the one to ask. I know a tech who said that although techs can identify certain things on x-rays, ultrasounds, etc., they’re legally not allowed to disclose the information to patients. Doctors must do this.
Write down your questions ahead of time and write down the answers. This is a very stressful time, and it’s easy to miss or forget things. Best wishes.
Techs are not allowed to comment on ultrasounds until a doctor reviews them. If you’re not yet your doctor may refer you to a high risk doctor or you can ask to be referred to one and go from there. Hugs mama❤
We had this happen at our anatomy. She has “ bright spots” or “ markers” one on the heart and 2 on the abdomen. They sent us for genetics and they came back normal. My doctor and ultrasound tech assured that they’re are VERY common and will just need monitoring. More than likely will go away as she grows or will stay and are just calcium spots that are harmless. Her heart one has almost disappeared within 3 weeks . Sometimes they are simply just brighter spots than the others. We got 3 separate opinions to make sure .
I was told my son had an enlarged kidney but he came out just fine. Then I was told my daughter was really small. They were worried about her size. But she came out healthy. Definitely a smaller baby but no health issues.
Believe and receive,god has got u and your precious little one. Praying for u both
The tech did his/her job, which does not include saying what they may/may not see. They do the sonogram and pass it along.
With my son they found a cyst on his brain. Which could have been numerous things. But when we went for a 3d ultrasound which gave them a better view it was gone or never was there. He is a perfectly normal and healthy 13 year old now. I would ask to see a high risk ob and get a more thorough scan. Good luck and sending prayers and hugs your way. I know how terrifying it can be.
The techs are not allowed to tell you anything and are not allowed to show emotion. I would suggest finding a neonatologist asap.
Usually they will send you for a special ultrasound that can see things better. Until then, I would not worry. Sometimes things appear to look one way on a regular ultrasound when everything is really ok.
Praying ur baby is healthy hunn sending love n light
The ultrasound techs aren’t allowed to divulge any issues they may see
My best friends daughter was told at 4 months pregnant that her baby boy would have serious issues. They said his brain wasn’t developing and his bones weren’t developing correctly. They gave her the option of abortion. 5 months of torture. He was born completely healthy. He’s a healthy rambunctious 2 year old now. Sure issues can happen when you’re pregnant. They aren’t 100 percent in diagnostic testing. Faith and prayer or you will lose your mind
They told my sister my nice would be born possibly blind deaf and not live to toddler hood… even pushed for abortion…she was born perfectly healthy aside from being born early. Doctors do not know everything
I was told that my son had a VSD. I was also told he had a thickening around his heart. I ended up being induced at 36 weeks because they didn’t want to go risk me having a still birth. He came out with the only big issue of Jaundice and his whole in his heart ended up being a ASD. He never had to go to the NICU like they said he had to and at 11 weeks old he weighs 12lbs.
My daughter was showing signs of spina bifida, although she was 2 months early. She’s a healthy full functioning nuero typical almost 8 year old. You will drive yourself crazy thinking of all the wrong that can go wrong during pregnancy.
With my last daughter I was a high risk pregnancy but they always said her lungs and heart was enlarged our last ultrasound in May was completely normal but they did as soon she was born they checked her heart and lungs everything was fine she now a healthy 11 year my thoughts will be with you and your little baby
My son’s heart was irregular. We saw a specialist and there was a chance it could fix itself before birth or not. Well he’s 1 now and perfectly healthy good luck mama, hoping for the best outcome for you and your lo
Stay positive I know it’s hard. When I was 5months pregnant my ultrasound showed my daughter spine was not close and they diagnosed her with spine-bifida. I was 5 months I had to see a lot of specialist which was very scary she is my first. I was put on meds to help my baby. My husband and I kept the negative away and stayed positive it’s not easy (I know) make sure you stand your ground and see specialist they can help you and your baby. My daughter is now 7 months and healthy. When she was born the tan test and checked her out and she was normal. Sending my prayers, you got this ma’ma.
At 12 weeks my baby had fluid on his lungs, heart, stomach and intestines. After an amniocentesis we had more answers. During the rest of my pregnancy the fluid went away and he grew beautifully. He had a rare illness during pregnancy that most babies die from. He was born premature but healthy. We did find out at 6 months that he was deaf. I’m so glad he’s here and heathy that I don’t care one bit that he’s deaf. He is perfect in every way.
Hold onto hope that babies heal. Things change in pregnancy. Just because something looks off now doesn’t mean anything. Big giant hugs to you mama.
They are frequently wrong.
My son had issues with his heart they did ultrasound scans once a week but he was born healthy
I was told that my son had IUGR and would most likely have dwarfism. They had the dates all wrong and he was born perfectly fine. But if your baby has issues he/she will still be your baby and you will be ok.
Well the ultrasound person can’t say anything because they are not diagnosing clinicians. It’s always the job of the physicians to talk to you about what is seen. You can only go off what you are told and what the doctor tells you. I got scary news about blood flow and things turned out good for us so stay hopeful and optimistic.
The ultrasound tech is not allowed to tell you anything. I hope and will be praying that your baby is ok.
did the OB tell you exactly what was wrong? or will there be more US’s to further see just what is going on?
I would prepare myself for problems I would ask to see a specialist
Did they say what their next steps are?
I’m 20 weeks with my 3rd and just had my anatomy scan last week. The Dr told us after the scan that they may have seen something on her lower spine/pelvic area after the scan but said we will be doing another scan in 2 weeks to look again and if they do believe something may be wrong then I will be referred to a specialist
First off and most importantly, you can’t blame the ultrasound tech for not telling you anything. They can’t tell you anything. That’s not their job. Their is to take picture. That’s it. It is, however the doctors job to tell you, which sounds like is exactly what happened.
Secondly the only way to know for sure is to keep going to your appointments, keep taking care of yourself and wait until your child is born. Then take him/her to the doctor for check ups and they will let you know what’s going on.
Strangers on the internet can tell you anything you want to hear but that’s not going to change if there is any health issues with your baby.
I never 100% listen because i have soo many friends who were told to medically abort as their baby would unfortunately pass outside the womb guess what…. Most of their babies are healthy teenagers now! Some did have medical issues but not as severe as doc says it was. Unfortunately you cant tell everything on an ultrasound
Just go through your pregnancy with caution and love your baby
The ultrasound tech isn’t going to say anything. It’s not their job to diagnose. It’s your doctors job to tell you and diagnose what’s going on.
They told me I had a placenta lake, restricted growth, kidneys were failing, showing signs of autism, and bones aren’t matching so likely be a midget. They pumped with me steroids because they plan on pulling at 27 weeks. Seen so many specialist, had ultra sounds n nsts done 3 times a week, finally went to MSU and seen Dr there… All turns out they were wrong on due date and my baby was 100% healthy. Never had a placenta lake either… Spent 10s of thousands of dollars in tests… My advice get a second opinion don’t go through the hell I did.
Stop worrying until your baby is born. Ultrasounds and doctors are wrong everyday. There’s no need to stress yourself out until you know for sure.
From personal experience I would get blood work done to check for any genetic anomalies. We had some small findings on our 20 week ultrasound and bloodwork came back positive for a chromosomal condition. NIPT or FISH are common tests they can do by drawing your blood.
A tech isn’t allowed to disclose any of that info it’s their job.
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I was told my baby had a U shaped kidney since 23weeks had to be going to both my obgyn and a specialist when my baby was born I was told he was born with Normal kidneys
Get a second opinion, get better answers.
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Sending positive vibes ur way hope everything turns out well