Additional testing and screening can be scary during pregnancy, but it’s important to follow through on your healthcare provider’s advice. More in week 20.
By now, you’ve likely had your anatomy ultrasound, which is done between weeks 18 and 20. If any abnormalities were seen, you have likely been referred to a high-risk OB/GYN, or a maternal fetal medicine specialist, who can do a more detailed ultrasound. Sometimes you may need to see other specialists too, or get additional testing (like an MRI) to fully understand how your baby is developing. This can be a scary time while you figure out what is going on, but rest assured many “abnormalities” turn out to be nothing in the end. If they are major, however, it is extremely important to get the care you need.
Read more about week 20.
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020
This is one of the only memories I was actually able to keep up with during my 2nd pregnancy! With my 1st, I kept a pregnancy journal of sorts with things that were happening, doctor’s notes from each appointment, belly pictures each week, nursery updates… With #2, #1 was in full-blown toddler mode, so belly pictures were my only documented memory. I’m glad I made myself continue that tradition!
It’s so true, the 2nd (and 3rd and 4th….) kids start having way less documentation even from before they are born! Thank goodness for smartphones these days 🙂