January 23, 2014 4:29 pm

Ultrasound – 23 Weeks

In a dumb series of events involving insurance coverage (or lack thereof), we had to travel to Spokane to get our 20-week anatomy scan ultrasound done, and we accidentally arrived about 45 minutes early. This was on the 15th, and I was 23 weeks along at the time.

The ultrasound tech lady did her measuring thing, and at one point I thought I caught a glimpse of baby’s bits and hazarded a guess. Then she reconfirmed that we did want to know the sex of the baby, and told us baby is a GIRL! That’s what we’d been guessing all along, but it was fun to have it confirmed. For some reason, she didn’t print a picture of that image, and I’m not sure why. We got good shots of Baby’s feet and arm. Profile was a little more difficult because she had her hands in front of her face the whole time.

Baby looks good – 35th percentile, so not a giant, which is good news for my VBAC.

The only unusual thing is that it looked like maybe my placenta had an extra lobe. My midwife said she’s seen that reported before and then it turned out that the placenta didn’t have it, but she recommended I have another ultrasound to confirm the presence of the extra lobe. They want to know about it if it is present, because there’s a possibility it might not come out with the rest of the placenta and they need to know to be on the lookout for it. Nobody wants retained placenta! It can cause hemorrhaging and poor milk supply and infections. So! Other than that, things look good.

And a girl! Aaaah!

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3 Comments

  • BreAnna says:

    GIRL! And a guesstimate of a nice for VBAC sized baby! Hurray!
    Retained placentas are bitches. Am I allowed to curse on your blog? ;) Those were not fun memories, so so so much blood.

    • Meggan says:

      Oh gosh, I know, I was reading up on the lobe stuff and everything was like OMG HEMORRHAGE and RETAINED PLACENTA and I just thought of you and your terrible experience! Ack.

    • Scarlet says:

      So happy for you! I had a similar experience during an ultrasound of Aaron. He was showing off everything and I asked the ultrasound tech if what I was seeing meant boy and she confirmed that I was right.