The Pudding Club Diary @ 20w3d (16 Aug 2016)
I have been really nervous about the 20 week anatomy scan for the past several weeks. I was initially worried because of my lack of weight gain, but in the last 2.5 weeks I managed to finally put some weight on! In that time I have put on 5lbs; I was worried that this could affect Rocky’s growth. But today, we found out that my worries were unfounded. Rocky is growing perfectly within the normal percentile and is the grand total weight of just 11oz!
The anatomy scan took a while because Rocky was moving all over the place and the technician had to poke her (very hard!) several times to get her into a better position. Rocky’s legs, arms, total length, tummy and head circumferences were all measured. We saw her various body parts, including the spine, heart (including all four chambers!), lungs and bowels. Very cool! Oh and she was completely spread eagle, so Rocky is definitely a girl!!!
Afterwards with the doctor she told us that everything was looking good and that Rocky is right on track. The only thing that came up on the scan was something called an echogenic bowel. This is known as a ‘soft marker’ or a non specific finding i.e. it is not an abnormality but indicative that there may be an increased risk of several associations to other issues such as Trisomy 21, 18 and 13, cystic fibrosis, infection and intrauterine growth restriction. Somewhere between 60-70% of the time an echogenic bowel resolves itself and disappears on the next ultrasound, and 90% of the time there is nothing wrong with the baby when it is born. So basically, it is nothing to worry about for the moment, especially as the blood test for the three Trisomies came back negative.
The plan is to have another ultrasound in 4 weeks time to see if the echogenic bowel is still there. Fortunately, we have an ultrasound scheduled with the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists for Rocky’s fetal echocardiagram (because apparently as Rocky is an IVF baby there is an increased risk of heart related issues)….so we will get them to look at the bowel again then. Our doctor said the chances are there will be nothing there when we go to the specialist!!! But at least we don’t have to wait another 4 weeks, just 2 to get a vague idea of where this might be heading.
So all in all, Rocky is doing just fine, most likely. Of course the scan couldn’t have just been normal! But I’m not going to worry, if the doctor isn’t worried, I’m not worried. Hopefully. Fingers crossed.
If you would like to see Rocky the scary alien that looks like she might murder you in her sleep, and actually not too bad of a 3D pic of her face, I have put a couple of pics up on my Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/thegreatpuddingclubhunt/?hl=en