Tuesday, December 23, 2008

12 weeks and a big test.

So this week hit 3 months and we had an important test, the Nuchal Translucency Test.

Which by the looks of it went absolutely perfectly!
There was just baby and me and we got called into the ultrasound room, the lady was so lovely, it was really good to have someone who was so nice and explained things so well.
As soon as she put the ultrasound thing on my belly baby was jumping around kicking legs and waving arms, it was very exciting and even the tech was laughing and smiling.
The first sigh of relief came from me.
Next up she asked me my dates and measured baby to see if he/she was still on track...perfect, still one day ahead even and now we are officially due 6th July, not 7th, but as we know baby will be here a couple of weeks or so before then anyway.
Next up, the tech got a nice clear picture of babies profile so she could get an accurate measurement of the fluid behind the neck/head.
This is where i started to really panic because i had previously researched what was a good measurement and what would be cause for concern (they look for anything below 2.5mm in Australia, anything over that requires further testing, testing which holds a risk of miscarriage)...
i saw the numbers come up...
1.5mm! whew!!
i smiled straight away, i didnt even need her to tell me it was ok, i knew it was fantastic, and in fact quite the ideal measurement.
after all of the testing stuff was over the tech so generously gave me a really in depth look at baby, and everything that has formed so far.
It was soooo fascinating!!
She got the most wonderful shots of, both arms in the air, both legs kicking straight up, we saw both chambers of the skull and where babies brain was developing, she got an amazing shot of babies spine, and even the tummy and little tiny bladder.
There was also a great shot of where the chord goes into the babies belly.
It was really overwhelming to see how much the baby had changed in just a matter of two weeks.
The heart was a steady 162bpm again, it has not changed, and they look for anything between 120 and 180 for the whole pregnancy so he/she is sitting perfectly in range.
There was nothing, so far that she could see that could be faulted. I was so happy with the results.
Of course, she did remind me that even though the nuchal fold is right on where it should be, that my bloodwork could still come back with something to be cause for concern, but i just dont feel it will.
I go back on the 31st to pick up the ultrasound pictures, and i really hope i get a copy of everything she got a shot of.They will really be great to show everyone everything that i could see.

Week 12
Vocal cords begin to form- While perhaps not quite ready to be introduced to the nearest opera stage, your infant will use these immediately following the moment of birth. Bet you can't wait to hear that first cry!
Those precious eyes begin to move closer together - Are you wondering if he will have mommy's crystal green eyes, daddy's laughing brown ones, or maybe out of the gene pool will emerge grandma's clear blue!
Ears shift to their normal place on the side of the head
Intestines move farther in to your child's body
His or her liver begins to function - Responsible for cleansing the blood, storing nutrients, and providing needed chemicals, this is an important event!
The pancreas begins to produce insulin
Guess what? Your baby's average size is now at a whopping length: 2.13 inches (5.4cm) and weight: 0.49 ounce (14gm).


Alicia said...

WOOT! Im so excited for you hun ♥

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