Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Anatomy Scan

It went well! Wohoo!!

But the day started really badly. I came into work and found out that a girl doing her PhD in the lab beside mine passed away suddenly last night. it sounds like an aneurysm but it's not know yet. Her friends were devastated as you can imagine, their supervisor was out of the Country and expected back today so I was alone there with them not really knowing what to do... It was terrible.
When Mike arrived saw the dreadful atmosphere and tried to make me focus on our little Elvis and that it was different and that everything would have been ok. But our trip into town wasn't the most cheerful.

The tech was lovely and took all the time needed to explain to us what she was doing. Everything measured as it should be, Elvis is 20w2d (officially 20w3d) and doing really well. He was moving a lot and at times it was difficult to get the right angles, but she managed all the same.
One thing that really surprised me was that she was scanning as high as above my belly button!! Wow! Big step since the scans just above the pubic bone!!
I told her about my fear of the IC and she reassured me saying there wasn't really any reason to think I could have it but she had a look all the same. It was external u/s though so I'm not sure how meaningful or accurate the measure is, but for certain it was close with no funnelling (nice narrow canal) and appeared to be 3.6cm. Of course when I looked it up I read it should be 4 cm at my gestational age and I'm telling myself that 3.6 and 4 is almost the same...but I'll have it checked again when I'll be in Italy at the end of the month by the ever helpful family friend gyn!
One thing I have is an anterior placenta (which I knew already) a bit on the right hand-side (this is why I can feel movements normally) and it's quite low. Not covering the cervix but near enough to have the tech write down a note to be rechecked at 34w. She says it is likely to go up so not to worry but that I may experience some bleeding as I go further along. Great...
In fairness it was so good of her to give me a heads up in case it happens, she repeated it would be quite common, painless and to try not to panic, just go to the hospital and get checked, the cure would be a couple of days of rest. Apparently as the uterus stretches the placenta is pulled and is not so elastic and a capillary may blow hence the bleeding. If the placenta stays where it is I'll just have a schedule C-section which is definitely not the end of the World.
Here are two pics from today, the first one is the profile and the other one is a shot of the face! You can see the nose and the lips!
Next OB appoitment is on the 5th of October but as I said I may have a sneak peak at Elvis in just over a couple of weeks!


  1. So happy Elvis is doing so well. Sounds like you had a wonderful tech. It's nice to have that reassurance. Love the pictures!

  2. Eeeek- that sudden loss of a coworker is hard. We just had that happen last week. Actually I feel like we are surrounded by sudden deaths...a few suicides too- all so sad.

    I am glad your visit went well - little elvis is a beauty!!!! I love the the pics!

    Hope your day was brightened up by that visit.

  3. My husband had something similar happen at his work. He was close to this coworker who was just 39-years-old. He had a congenital heart defect that was never identified nor treated. It is just incredibly sad and I'm very sorry for your loss, Fran. It's hard to get pumped up with such a heavy heart.

    The scan pictures look amazing. Elvis is on track and I am very excited to see. Best news of the day, hands down.

    Again, I am very sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you and your coworker's family today.

  4. I am sorry to hear about your coworker but glad Elvis is doing well :) And getting quite big! He is gorgeous :)

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your coworker. But glad to hear little Elvis is doing well!

  6. How tragic about your colleague. Sometimes the circle of life is not very fair.

    I'm so happy that all of Elvis' measurements were good. And nice that you can get an extra scan in Italy. What a beautiful little baby you are growing...I loved the u/s pics! Hopefully your placenta will move up and not bleed, but it was good to be warned that it might bleed a bit so you won't freak out (as much).

    Love and hugs to you, Fran.

  7. What a gorgeous profile little Elvis has!! Fran, I'm so glad that he is doing well. But I'm sad that your day started as it did:( That's terrible news about your colleague.

    BUT, I am concentrating on the good. And it is very good. And I am thinking good thoughts that the placenta moves to where it should!

  8. So sorry about the loss at work. That it is tough.
    But a big yeah for little Elvis. After all these years of IF to finally see the nose and lips. :-)

  9. Hooray for Elvis!

    So scary about the student. Glad you could be there for the lab.

  10. I'm so happy to hear that the scan went well and it sounds like you had a really competent and nice tech.

    The u/s shot of the profile is gorgeous!

    My condolences on your loss at work. That is so very sad.

    It's amazing that such sad and happy times can exist simultaneously.

  11. Spectacular news! Wonderful news!

  12. I am glad you had such a good appointment, and re-assuring answers. It sounds everything is progressing great with this pregnancy, and you are already half way there!!! I love his pics. Too cute:) Awwww

    I am very sorry about loosing your friend, taht's just heartbreaking!:(

  13. So sorry about the loss at work! It's so scary!

    Though, I am glad the anatomy scan went perfect. Can't believe you are half way there! :)

  14. Oh my gosh, how sad that your collegue passed away so suddenly. Thats really difficult news to have to absorb. I hope everyone is doing ok.

    As for Elvis, I'm glad he's doing so good!! I'm sorry you had to read my story of my friend's terrible 20wk scan just before going into yours and i'm glad everything looked perfect for you. So pleased you have a gyn friend who can give you another scan when you are in Italy - what a treat! x

  15. Oh Fran, I just never get tired of being so excited and happy for you. I am so in love with the idea of you being pregnant and being so far along. I smiled when I looked at your scans. What a previous little baby.

    I am sorry to hear about the girl from work. Was she young? That is so sad. :(


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