World’s Most Uncooperative Foetus

4 05 2007

April 25 saw us once more at the Ob/Gyn for a checkup. Everything is going well & it seems we are on target for October 7. Of course I read that only 5% of babies actually arrive on their due-date so I’m not actually sure why they bother giving you a date anyway!

Below is another scan–a lousy one. The kid stuck his/her head in the corner (are there corners in a uterus?) & refused to move, consequently we couldn’t get a decent view. In other good news R’s blood tests are back & the chance of Downs has gone up to 1 in 7500 or so which for her age is pretty good.


Personally I think it looks like Darth Vader is in there…. (Or somebody with a pirate flag!)


Another Scan

6 04 2007

We had our scan yesterday & while we are waiting on the blood tests, based on the scan result, the foetus having Down’s goes up from 1 in 300 (based on R’s age) to 1 in 2000. The blood results could push this up or down of course and it is never 100% certain. Everything else was normal/average. The scan was very high tech–we now have an 11 minute DVD of the scan showing blood pumping through the heart chambers, a full complement of fingers & toes etc. Once I figure out how to I’ll post a short exerpt to Youtube & link it here.

We said we didn’t want to know the sex & have watched the video a few times & are far from certain (the specialist said she could tell) but maybe a boy. See, we don’t mind sort of uncertainly knowing–it’s OK if we figure it out ourselves, we just don’t want to be told for sure!

Once again technology amazes me. We saw all fingers & toes, the four chambers of the heart (and using a colour doppler–watched & listened to the blood flowing in each of the heart valves & the hepatic artery!). When I was born in 1971 my mum didn’t even get a basic ultrasound.


Second Scan & Spreading the News

14 03 2007

We visited the ob/gyn for the second scan on March 5. As a result we have possibly the most useless pic of an ultrsound scan that was ever taken. scan-2b-march-5-2007.jpg

We had good views but he forgot to save them & later he couldn’t get a good view. Seeing the heart beating again and the arm moving was a truly astonishing experience.

There is about 9 days discrepancy between the scan measurements (of the sac) & our own calculations. This would not matter but we need to have a nuchal fold translucency screening test & the other specialist who does them is very strict about when the test is done. If we turn up & her scan makes it too early, its thanks very much, pay your bill & come back later. At R900+ that’s not something we want. Hopefully it will be OK.

We phoned Australia that evening (stayed up late to catch them early in the morning) to let our immediate family & friends know of the news. We haven’t told those local yet but we are having a braai this Sunday to make the announcement.

Round #2

12 02 2007

Well in the last few months there has been (on R’s part at least) much vomiting, some blood tests, various doctor’s appointments, a few pharmaceuticals & some peeing on plastic sticks. The end result is that today at about 3.15pm we saw the Ultrasound view posted below–a gestational sac and (not showing on this view)–an amazingly tiny beating heart (about where the upper cross marker is). That’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. This early it’s a lot of guesswork, but the embryo seems to be about 6 weeks old, giving a due date of early October.Ultrasound- 6 weeks