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April 27, 2011

This morning we went for the 20-week ultrasound (a.k.a. anatomy ultrasound, congenital anomaly scan, gender scan). Since we are half-way through the pregnancy, our main purpose was to get another peek at the baby and see if everything is developing as it should be. Although they can’t give us a 100% guarantee that they can see everything, we still wanted to push through with it since it was a non evasive procedure.

Fortunately, everything looked normal or right on track. Unfortunately, the baby was a bit shy and was covering the face so the Sonologist was not able to get a clear look on that part of the body.

We were also looking forward to this ultrasound to find out what the gender is. All along, ever since the beginning of the pregnancy I thought the baby was a girl because my father in law sent me a Chinese gender prediction chart that said it will be a girl. Ever since then I’ve mentally convinced myself that it’s a girl and we even referred to the baby as ‘she’ or ‘her’. I was definitely surprised when the Sonologist said that the baby is a BOY! The ultrasound pictures provided were a bit dark but the Sonologist said that she was 100% sure that what she saw in the monitor were boy genitals.

We don’t really care what the gender is as long as the baby is healthy but this was definitely a surprise. Good thing we didn’t buy any girly clothes yet! As of today’s ultrasound, I’m now 20 weeks and 5 days buntis and the new estimated due date is September 7, 2011.

second ultrasound

February 12, 2011

While this hemorrhage thing was going on, it felt like I was playing that relay game where you had to balance an egg on a spoon held in your mouth. It felt very fragile that I could easily drop and break.

The good news was that at the second ultrasound (February 3), the hemorrhage was not seen. Yay! It made me really doubt the seriousness of the hemorrhage that was seen in the first one. From what I gather from my friends that were/are pregnant, it seems to be a common diagnosis. So, is there something in the air or in the food that is causing pregnant women to have hemorrhages? Or is it just not as serious as they make it sound and is really more of a normal, implantation bleeding? Either way I guess it’s always best to stay on the safe side rather than ignore and risk anything during this time period.

It was also interesting to see how different the ultrasound technicians were. The first one was cold, rattling off every little detail and not taking the time to show me the monitor or explain what she was seeing. The second one was more cheery but very quiet and hardly said a word except she did move the monitor so I can see and she did try to explain what she saw.

By that time, the embryo measured at 1.8cm and I was equivalent to 8 weeks and 2 days buntis.

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.