Today is September 14th and I just got home from my third prenatal appointment. My doctor told me that the ultrasound results showed that the baby is doing well. But it also indicated that I have a low-lying placenta. She said it could very likely move higher as I get bigger since I am still early in my pregnancy. If it stays low there is a risk of bleeding. Having a low-lying placenta also increases your chances of having a c-section. She has advised us not to have intercourse until my next appointment, which is on October 12. My boyfriend is thrilled about that haha.
Speaking of my next appointment, it will be with a new doctor in a new health clinic. He is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and will be taking over my care for the rest of the pregnancy. I believe he is also the doctor who will be delivering the baby. He is part of a health team so it’s possible that someone else could actually deliver my baby but from the reviews I’ve read, everyone there is really nice. The new health clinic is across the road to the hospital I will be having my baby in so it will be nice to know our way around that area.
Before today I wasn’t sure if I was going to have any other ultrasounds during my pregnancy, but according to my doctor it sounds like I will have at least one more, so that is exciting. It’s fun to see what your baby looks like while you are waiting for them to get here. Today I am 20 weeks 2 days, and the baby’s heart rate was about 150. It’s gotten lower at each appointment I’ve been to but I believe that is normal.
Today (September 7) we had our anatomy scan ultrasound. To prepare for the scan they ask you to drink 1 liter of water and finish drinking one hour prior to your appointment. It’s so hard to not pee your pants. I only drank three cups instead of the four based on my previous ultrasound experiences. Thankfully she said my bladder was nice and full. If I had to drink that extra cup I know I would not have made it.
I had heard that some dads are not allowed in during the ultrasound until near the end so my boyfriend and I were a little worried that he was going to miss out on some parts. But he was able to come in with us, and the technician asked us before we even began if we wanted to know the gender. Our doctor has told us that they don’t usually tell you the gender unless you ask so it was nice that she asked us up front.
The ultrasound technician was a student and she did a great job conducting the ultrasound. She explained all the body parts as she was scanning them (except for the gender). The whole procedure took about a hour, maybe a little less. The baby was not the most cooperative, keeping both hands up near their face for pretty much the whole time. The technician kept trying to get the baby to move by pushing on my belly but it didn’t help. About half way through the ultrasound she had me empty my bladder to see if that would help get the baby to move but again, it didn’t work.
She said everything was looking good. The heart rate was about 152 this time. She took some measurements of their head, heart (I think, I can’t remember), arms and leg bones. They were measuring right on with my due date (I’m currently 19 weeks and 2 days). When she was looking at the genitals I was pretty sure it was a boy. But she didn’t tell us at that point.
After she got all the pictures and measurements she needed, she went out to the hall to get her mentor. I believe she talked while out there about what she thought the gender was. She had her mentor technician come in to get a couple last pictures that she was having trouble getting since the baby wouldn’t move, and to look at the pictures she already took. The mentor also gave her student the go ahead to tell us what she thinks we’re having. She said it looks like a boy, which is what I thought I saw as well. My boyfriend is very excited because that’s what he wanted. I’m just happy that everything looks good and I’ve had an easy pregnancy so far.