Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Brandy: Okay, so we had our 20 week sonogram this morning (even though I am 19 weeks and 2 days). I would say most everything went pretty well. We did not get very good pictures, because the baby would turn away every time the technician tried to get a good shot. All of the measurements and fluid level were good. The baby is actually measuring at 19 weeks, 5 days which is close enough to our due date. The heartbeat was 147. Just as I thought, the baby likes to face the back of my uterus, so that is why it is harder for me to feel the little punches and kicks at this point. When the baby faces outward, I do definitely feel the movements! We DID find out the sex of our baby, and the technician was 98% sure in this department. We can get another look to at my next sonogram. I have to go back for another sonogram in 4-5 weeks because they want to re-check 2 things. The first I do not think is anything at all to worry about. The technician could not get a very good look at the baby's heart, and she thought she might see some calcification. She assured us it is NOTHING to worry about since our quad screen was negative and the measurements she took of the neural fold area were normal. Honestly, I believe her when she says not to worry about it. The second thing they have to check again is my placenta. It is low lying (near my cervix), and they need to make sure it is growing up and away from the cervix. I do not have placenta previa at this point (where the placenta covers the cervix in whole or in part), but they need to make sure it does not develop. So, what does this mean? It means that if the placenta does not move away from my cervix, I might have to switch to a doctor. And if I develop placenta previa, this would mean a scheduled c-section. I am hoping and wishing and dreaming that I at least get to try natural childbirth. I do not want to be denied my chance to try. C'mon placenta - do your thing! I have an appointment with my midwife on Monday morning, and I am hoping she has some secret herbal remedy or exercises I can do to encourage my placenta to cooperate. I will do ANYTHING she tells me to do!!!
Posted at 11:34 AM