Here are just a few of the small percentages we have hit this time around...
- My appendectomy... The chances of having an appendectomy during pregnancy are about 1/550
- Pre-term labor... The chances of going in to pre-term labor post appendectomy are around 10-15%
- Possible placental insufficiency (the pre-term placental aging scare we had that they thankfully disproved yesterday)... chances of actually having this issue were 3-7%
This does not mean our baby is confused about its gender. It means that the first ultrasound technician was confused about its gender. So, our baby boy, is actually a baby girl! We are thrilled about having another girl, but spent the entire evening laughing about the situation. Hopefully now we'll actually be able to name this baby!
We had our weekly check-up yesterday (which will happen every Monday from now until the baby is born). We went in the morning to see my OB who sent us to a 3D ultrasound clinic to have an umbilical cord doppler scan performed.
I'm not big on things like 3D ultrasounds unless they are medically necessary, but since this one was medically necessary it was a fun bonus to see the baby in greater detail.
Our scans came back perfect! The placenta is actually a grade 1-2 and there is nothing to worry about. The blood flow to/from the baby and the blood flow within the baby's veins and arteries is impeccable. She is measuring between 34 and 35 weeks and weighs in at a whopping 2447 grams (about 2.5 kilos or 5.4 pounds) And yes, we identified that the baby is 100% for sure a girl, not a boy.
|1. Top left - The placenta|
2. Top right - Blood flow in the baby's brain
3. Bottom left - Blood flow in the umbilical cord
4. Bottom right - Our baby in 3D... you can see her head, nose, mouth, foot, and arm, and her foot is in her eye
I am still on modified bed rest until the baby is born and they will let me go as long as possible in my pregnancy. So, with an actual due date of the end of May, who knows when baby #2 will decide to make her entry.
I am so happy that all is well and that the baby is healthy and growing well, but I feel frustrated with continued modified bed rest. At least now I am now being allowed to take the elevator downstairs to sit in the cafe in our building or sit in the sun and get fresh air, but I have to continue daily kick counts, contraction counts, and rest as much as possible. My mom heads back to the US next week and I am sad that she, more than likely, will not be here for the baby's birth. In general I am just a huge bag of emotions right now...
But at least all is well with the baby, and we can't wait to meet our new daughter, Kesha's little sister, within the next month!