I had no idea what to expect as a first-time soon-to-be mom. And because I'm a control-freak, I went to each prenatal appointment with a long list of questions and concerns. My obstetrics provider was awesome and patiently explained symptoms, always encouraging me to call at any time. Then I went to my anatomy scan appointment and realized my OB-GYN wouldn't be there. In that moment a slew of questions I should've asked before my 20-week ultrasound flooded my mind. If only I had known how intense that ultrasound would be.
Looking back, I wish I had gone over everything with my OB-GYN beforehand. For example, I had no idea the 20-week scan is not just for finding out the sex of the fetus. Sure, that's the exciting part, but the scan is also an important part of prenatal care, whether you choose not to find out what kind of anatomy your fetus has or not. I also had no idea what would happen, who would be there, and what kind of next steps there would be once the ultrasound was over. In the end, with the exception of adjusting my baby's due date by a few weeks and scheduling a follow-up scan to monitor her growth and development, the entire process wasn't really a big deal. In fact, it was a pretty amazing experience, to say the least.
When you're pregnant, knowledge really is power. And while my 20-week ultrasound ended up being no big deal, it sure would have been less stressful if I had asked my OB-GYn the following questions: