first ultrasound and a hemorrhage

February 10, 2011

This is sort of what the first ultrasound looked like when the Dr./Technicial proudly informed us ‘…and there’s the baby’. What?! Where?! 😥

We also got to hear the heartbeat for the first time. the Dr./Technician pushed a button that seemed to enable speakers to un-mute and then we heard the boom-boom-boom-boom. But who knows, I’m too suspicious of these things and a part of me feels like she just played a pre-recorded heart beat for us.

According to the ultrasound report that we received (only after paying first), the embryo is single (whew) with a length of 0.28cm. There were a bunch of other details and measurements provided in the report. It all seemed quite meaningless and not alarming so I assumed that everything was normal. When the OB reviewed the results, apparently, there was one item that was a bit worried about. They found a ‘minimal subchorionic hemorrhage’ in the ultrasound. What?! Where?! 😥

The OB drew a diagram similar to the one I have below (except without the stick figure and the sad face). She explained that there was a minor hemorrhage (bleeding) right outside the wall of the uterus. If the hemorrhage grew bigger, there was a chance of a miscarriage. She prescribed ‘pang kapit’ pills to take 3x a day and suggested I be on bed rest for the next two weeks to reduce the risk. There would need to be a second ultrasound in two weeks a follow-up visit to the OB to monitor the progress of the hemorrhage.  I was definitely worried and started to really wonder if my body was a suitable environment for a baby to grow in.

According to the ultrasound report (date: January 19, 2011), using the crown-to-rump length as an estimate, I was 5 weeks and 6 days buntis.



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