Ordering an Emergency Ultrasound
My cousin is about 8 weeks pregnant and has hyperemesis. Okay, yeah, that sucks. I know all about it. She was admitted to the ER and put on IV fluids for 5-6 hours because she had been sick for about 12 hours and has been sick in general and losing weight. Her doctor ordered an emergency ultrasound because she was dehydrated. Really?
Back in 2006 when I was pregnant, I had hyperemesis (had lost about 20 pounds) and an infection (didn't know there was an infection too). I had been sick for hours -couldn't keep anything down. I was admitted for observation and put on IV fluids for dehydration. Stuff started coming out everywhere (which is when my doctor realized I had a gastrointestinal infection too), and I was there for 3 days. He wasn't worried that the baby was in jeopardy because I wasn't cramping or bleeding.
What's with the ultrasound? I mean, what could being dehydrated for half a day do to a fetus, and what exactly are they going to see on an 8-week ultrasound? If they would find something "wrong", what would they do about it?