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Anomaly scan and 18week update

Earlier this week, we had our anomaly scan. The scan is usually done 18-20 weeks. We got it done earlier (at 18weeks) than later because we wanted to make sure all was ok with the baby and DH was travelling for about 10 days so we thought closer to 20weeks might be a bit too late.

For those, who don’t know what it is or haven’t had one, it’s the mid-pregnancy scan that thoroughly checks the baby’s anatomy for any abnormalities. It examines each organ in detail and dates the growth and development of each organ…(honestly, I didn’t know that until we got the report!) I will admit that I was a bit nervous as the scan date approached and even had a minor breakdown the day before. DH couldn’t stop laughing and blamed it on my hormones!

We reached the diagnostic centre and fortunately didn’t have a long wait. The sonographer remembered me from my 12week scan, which was a bit comforting. While she seemed quite nice and interactive, once she got started, she turned the monitor away from me and didn’t talk much. The scan took about 40 minutes as the baby kept moving and the sonographer had to press real hard at times to get a proper image. Lucky for DH – he got to see our little one for a full 40 minutes! For me, I kept trying to make sense out the expressions the sonographer and DH were making…long faces, sighs, squinting eyes at times. One of those times when I looked at DH, he signalled saying all looked fine. For me that didn’t offer much comfort or relief because he was looking at something like this for the first time himself…how would he know anyway!

Anyway, yes, all is fine with our not so little bun…well almost fine but will get to that later. Our little one measured between 18weeks and 19weeks for all the different body parts. After the she was through, the sonographer showed us all the body parts one after the other. From the top – the head, the brain, the spine which sparkled like a jewelled necklace, the heart (even the four ventricles!), the kidneys, the bladder which was full indicating its functioning well, the hands, and the feet (which were super cute and moving around). We heard the heart beat again…the most beautiful sound for me. Each time I think about that sound, I get overwhelmed and it brings tears to my eyes. Never imagined there would come a day when we would get to hear that sound.

Many couples are able to find out the baby’s gender around this time (or during this scan if the baby is in the right position). For us, that wasn’t an option. India has a high rate of prenatal sex determination and female infanticide so the government has banned sex/gender determination though it is still carried on widely illegally. Unfortunately, this happens not only in the rural people who lack education but also occurs in urban educated people who prefer the ‘male’ child to carry on the family legacy. At this point, I want to know the gender of the baby from a convenience point of view but DH doesn’t. Our history with losses and fertility issues has taken away the ‘need’ to have that element of surprise when the baby is born. Well, since it is not even option for us…no point going on about this.

Now to the not so completely fine bit – it seems my placenta is in the anterior position but still low-lying (small bummer!) I’ve been told to take it easy – no stress, limited road travel and no getting out of the city just in case…so good-bye babymoon! Looking at the big picture, I just want the baby to be safe and won’t harp on what I can’t do or what I thought I’d be able to in the second trimester too much.

Speaking of second trimesters – I started iron and calcium supplements at around 13weeks. I really struggled with the iron ones which made me sick and throw up every other day. Dr. N said that they take some adjusting so I should continue despite the throwing up. However, this week during our visit I insisted on trying an alternative. Dr. N suggested two smaller doses of iron (instead of one big dose) and another calcium supplement in the middle of the day. For those who are on supplements ensure that (1) you don’t take iron and calcium together (2) take the iron supplement with vitamin C…like a glass of orange juice, it helps keep the supplement down and increases iron absorption).

Other than that, I’m doing much better pregnancy symptom-wise.

  • Nausea: Practically gone. I have been afraid to say this out loud thinking it will show up when I least expect it!
  • Appetite: It’s back! (hurray!) I have finally started putting on some weight
  • Food cravings: None! Though I definitely know what I want to eat and not eat. Still loving outside food more than home cooked food
  • Smells: More tolerant towards stronger smells but some occasionally still put me off!
  • Gas: The less said the better…but it is my number 1 symptom right now keeping me up through the night at times!

Finally – baby movements/kicks. Honestly, not sure if I felt them yet. Last week, I thought it was the baby but turned out to be gas …and something happened again yesterday…but I’m guessing it was gas again! (sorry TMI!) I am not going to stress about it though – I will feel them when the time is right. Until then, will post next when I have something more important than just a pregnancy update.


10 weeks – from embryo to fetus

This week we made it past 10 weeks. Our little miracle has progressed from being an embryo and into a fetus (well, at least that’s what it says in the book we’ve started reading the past two weeks). It is such a surreal feeling to just be here. Each day, I feel humbled, thank God and say a little prayer for our little boy or girl.

Scans et al:

We had our last scan a week back; just to make sure all was ok. I was going to blog about it, but then somehow didn’t get around to it. Better late than never, right!

Last week’s scan was probably the very first time that I had this pang of excitement and for a minute or two during/after the scan and all I did in my head was ‘OMG! OMG! I’m pregnant…it is actually happening’.  It was short-lived as soon all the fears of what could possibly happen in the first trimester resurfaced. So I guess, I’m better off just treading slowly and cautiously.

Usually, my scans are very quiet mainly because Dr. K who usually does my scan barely says a word. Honestly, I can probably count on my fingers how many times I have actually heard him say anything in last six months we’ve visited the clinic and what feels like a gazillion scans with him. Though…this time was different. I saw my uterus and I saw the baby – it was “easy peasy” in my little niece’s words. No finding – no probing. He checked for the heartbeat and was giving the nurse some numbers when I saw it move! It…the baby…the little fetus actually moved…right there in front of me! I also saw those paddle like hands flicker. I looked at Dr. K and asked him, is that what I think it is…and he just calmly replied saying ‘yes, all looks good’. In my head I said to him ‘How can you be so calm?!? I just saw my baby moving’.

It was and still is the most wonderful feeling. I’m just glad all is good and progressing well. I can’t shake that feeling off me and I don’t want to. Every time, I think of it…I have this huge sigh of relief…and feel so grateful that DH and I are able to make it this far.

There are a couple of tiny not so good bits about going for scans at our clinic.

  1. I couldn’t hear the heartbeat because the machine he was using wasn’t equipped to do that (I know…bummer!);
  2. DH hasn’t come in even once (big bummer…!). Our clinic is in Mumbai and maybe a bit traditional not allowing male partners into the scanning rooms. I’m hoping to check with the Dr. N next time to see if he will make an exception;
  3. Lastly, the scanning equipment is a bit dated again and can’t provide us with images. My solution to this is to go in with my cell phone, and take pictures for DH next time. Lets see if that’ll work.

But in the grander scheme of things, DH and I don’t really mind. We’ve grown fond of my clinic and the staff there. Also, there are alternatives for taking care of the three points above…

Oh also, almost forgot! They bumped up my expected due date by a couple of days. I was pretty kicked about it. So when we went for the scan, I thought we were at 9w but the scan showed 9w4d!

Nuchal scan and blood work:

Our clinic does not do the 11-13 weeks nuchal scan. So we’ve booked ourselves into a good diagnostic centre at 12 weeks, which is on Monday, 15-July. When I spoke to them, they said that test will take about 45 minutes and there is a good possibility they will let DH stay with me. This will be followed by several blood tests all to check the baby’s health and progress.

I read all about the nuchal scan and how it can tell you about your baby’s risk for Down syndrome and other problems. I was a tad bit worried about what the results will show and what they mean. But then, one of these days I happened to speak to my sister who has two daughters aged almost  3 years and 4 years. I asked her how she felt going in for the nuchal scan, was it a big deal etc. and she simply said, ‘you can’t change the results, so just go with the flow’! So simple and so true! It was a gentle reminder of what we’ve been doing all along…just going with the flow. Since that conversation, I can say I am less worried about it.

Amongst other news:

  1.  Morning sickness (I call it “all-day sickness”) is sticking with me. I’m handling it a little better each day though and realised most of the time, the throwing up is triggered by strong smells. Also, the two days after my progesterone shot are the worst for the nausea feeling probably due to all the raised hormone levels in my body;
  2. My sense of smell is elated. Anything sweet makes me want to throw up! This includes, my body wash, my shampoo and conditioner (I can’t even smell my own hair), my perfumes, my husband’s moisturizer. One day, I almost made him shower right after he got out of the shower just to rub that moisturizer off him (the poor thing!)
  3. Surprisingly, I’m off chocolate (my biggest weakness before pregnancy). I can’t have hot cocoa, or a piece of chocolate or a tiny piece of cake during an office birthday. I guess, its good for the baby anyway, so not complaining here;
  4. I’ve been up twice in the last ten days hungry for a mid-night snack. The first time it happened, I thought it was hilarious. DH offered me a whole bunch of things from cereal milk, to whole grain crackers and fruits. I requested for yoghurt and rice and had a nice big bowlful at 3AM! Fortunately, the second time it happened, the crackers sufficed;
  5. I think I have teeny tiny bulge appearing this week. 8w vs. 10w – what do you think?

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