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Hospital Bag Preparation

Pregnant female packing hospital bag

Preparing a prenatal hospital bag is an important part of getting ready for the arrival of your baby. Here are some must-have items to include in your bag:

  1. Comfortable clothing: Pack loose, comfortable clothing to wear during your hospital stay. This could include a nursing or maternity bra, loose-fitting pajamas, and a comfortable robe or sweater.
  2. Personal hygiene items: Pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and any other personal hygiene items you may need during your stay.
  3. Nursing pads: If you plan on breastfeeding, pack some nursing pads to prevent leaks.
  4. Baby clothes: Pack several onesies, sleepers, and hats for your baby to wear during their hospital stay.
  5. Diapers and wipes: Pack plenty of diapers and wipes for your baby.
  6. Blankets: Pack a few soft blankets to keep your baby warm and cozy.
  7. Snacks and drinks: Pack some snacks and drinks to keep you energized during labor and delivery.
  8. Phone charger: Don’t forget to pack a phone charger so you can stay connected with family and friends.
  9. Camera: Pack a camera to capture those first precious moments with your baby.
  10. Important documents: Bring your insurance information, identification, and any other important documents you may need during your hospital stay.

It’s also a good idea to have your partner or support person pack a bag with their own essentials, such as comfortable clothing, snacks, and toiletries.

When to prepare your hospital bag

Some moms will start the preparation for what needs to be packed in their hospital bag around week 28. Week 28 in pregnancy brings the arrival of the third trimester.

Other Prenatal Bag Preparation Resources

Looking for more details on what should be packed in your hospital bag prior to delivery? Check out this blog by Mom Junction.

Thinking about getting a last minute ultrasound before baby’s born? Check out Peeping Moms Last Peep Ultrasound service when you are 36+ weeks to see who baby will look like.

6 Week Ultrasound

We offer early pregnancy confirmation ultrasounds at Peeping Moms Ultrasound. Typically these scans are done in an OBGYN, Midwife or Ultrasound clinic during your first visit.

Sometimes it is hard to get into your OBGYN or Midwife in a timely manner. For this reason we offer early pregnancy ultrasounds to help give expecting moms that peace of mind.

6 week pregnancy 2D ultrasound showing fetal pole (baby), yolk sac & gestational sac
6 Week 1 day pregnancy ultrasound showing fetal pole (baby) & yolk sac

Do I need an order from my doctor?

Not for our Peeping Mom service. If you book our Peeping Mom service, we can provide you with peace of mind by showing you the development of what’s happening within the womb. This early pregnancy scan is perfect for expecting moms who want to see what’s going on inside of the womb at 6 weeks.

Diagnostic ultrasound services are available and would come with a report for your provider. Offering our diagnostic services in trans abdominal as well as trans vaginal. Our 1st trimester diagnostic ultrasound is only $99 for our cash pay clients.

What is seen on a 6 Weeks on Ultrasound?

  • Gestational Sac
  • Fetal Pole (Baby)
  • Baby’s heartbeat – using M-Mode – This is the safest way!
  • Yolk Sac
  • Number of babies

How big is my baby at 6 weeks?

Your baby is roughly 1/5 – 1/4 of an inch. That’s the size of a sweet pea. A Sonographer measures the baby by measuring from the crown to rump, also known as CRL or crown rump length. This is the most accurate way of dating pregnancy.

Check out this 6 week ultrasound on our YouTube channel!

Can I see a heartbeat on a 6 week ultrasound?

Yes! In most cases, we can see a baby or fetal pole’s heart beating on an ultrasound. A normal heart rate at 6 weeks pregnant is 90-110 beats per minute.

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Did you just find out you’re pregnant?

First off, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re pregnant! There are likely so many emotions running through you right now. You are probably excited, scared, nervous. Wondering what the next steps are in navigating through this wonderful and stressful journey?

Don’t worry, this pregnancy blog will help guide you on some of the next steps and tips.

What’s my due date?

Do you track your menstruation on an app or in your calendar? Are your cycles regular or irregular? There are so many factors that can affect the answer of how far along you are. In female anatomy, we base the due date and gestations on a 28 day cycle. Sure, the majority of women are somewhere around the 28 day menstrual cycle, that doesn’t apply to everyone.

Tracking your menstruation on a calendar or app is an accurate way of knowing how long your cycles are. Knowing exact dates is helpful when trying to determine how far pregnant you are. This will also help in determining a proper due date.

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Alternatively, another way we accurately determine your gestation is to schedule a 1st trimester ultrasound. Proactively, scheduling your first OBGYN appointment around weeks 7-10 is best.

1st Trimester Ultrasound Types

There are several methods of performing 1st trimester ultrasounds. As a Sonographer, I typically use 2 methods of performing 1st trimester ultrasounds. The more common methods are trans abdominal & trans vaginal ultrasounds.

Trans abdominal ultrasound

Trans abdominal ultrasound is the most common method of medical and elective ultrasound. Ultrasound gel is applied on the skin near the organs that need to be viewed. 1st trimester ultrasounds will be done in the pelvic region and correspondingly, the ultrasound gel will be placed near your pelvic bone and the areas adjacent. Trans abdominal ultrasound is the most common method used for elective ultrasound clinics.

Trans vaginal ultrasound

Have you ever wondered why you are required to fill your bladder for your first trimester ultrasound appointment? Your body is made up of several different layers: adipose tissue (fat), muscle, tendon, functional organ tissues, etc. Ultrasound waves have to penetrate through different tissue types and thicknesses that each have different rates of penetration and attenuation. Sound waves penetrate well through fluid as a result, give us a clearer focus on the surrounding tissue. Basically, your bladder and uterus are best friends, they are always hanging out and next to one another. Thus, we use the bladder as a “window” into your uterus. A full bladder helps the Sonographer obtain better images.

Alternatively, why don’t I typically need a full bladder for 2nd & 3rd trimester ultrasound? The amniotic fluid surround your baby provides the primary “window” for imaging.

Trans vaginal ultrasound is the “gold standard” for 1st trimester ultrasound scans. This allows the Sonographer to obtain images at a closer distance. Specifically, an ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina. This gives the ultrasound waves less distance to penetrate the other body tissues. During the later parts of pregnancy, trans vaginal ultrasound is used for visualizing the cervix or other hard to see areas. Trans vaginal ultrasound should only be performed by an educated and trained Sonographer or medical provider.

1st Trimester services offered at Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique

Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique offers services to expecting moms as early as 6 weeks pregnant. For $69, we offer a service called the PEEPING MOM that would allow you to come in to view what’s going on in your womb. Our services are elective and don’t need a doctor’s order.

This service includes:

  • 15 minute trans abdominal ultrasound
  • 2-3 black and white prints
  • Baby’s heartbeat measured in M-Mode
  • Email with all images taken
  • YouTube video of your scan to share with friends and family
  • Measurements and due date calculated
  • Brief explanation on what’s happening in your womb

Additionally, we also offer diagnostic ultrasound services with an order from your doctor. Our 1st trimester ultrasound is only $99! Find out more about our diagnostic services.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our 1st trimester services, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via call or text (813)647-9099.