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Frilly Baby: 30 Week Update and a 3D Ultrasound

Here we are at 30 weeks. Well technically, 30 weeks plus 2 days today. Only 68 days to go until our due date of April 15th.

Not a lot has changed in terms of my physical self.

My hands are still tingling with carpal tunnel. I really hope this symptom goes away shortly after delivery. It is so super annoying.

I can’t bend over very well to tie my shoes, not that I’m expecting for that to get better anytime soon. Tying my shoes will only get much, much more difficult.My husband offers to help me often, but I’m still too stubborn to take him up on his offers for help.

On the medical front, I found out last week that I passed my gestational diabetes test! I am so over the moon about this. Diabetes runs in my family, so I was a bit worried I might not pass, but it looks like my pancreas is doing it’s job and that I’m actually eating pretty well. My blood pressure is still 120/80 and as of last week my doctor thought that I was measuring a couple of weeks ahead of schedule in terms of baby growth on my pregnancy timeline. All great news.

Yesterday, we had our second appointment with our specialist, Dr. Holloway, to assess the SUA (single umbilical artery) condition I was diagnosed with at my 20-week ultrasound. This follow-up appointment was just to check the growth and development of Baby Bee to ensure that everything has continued to progress as it should.

First, I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Holloway. She’s amazing. She is so great at answering all of our questions, and so patient and friendly. I have really enjoyed the experiences we’ve had with her and her amazing nurses. Everyone has just been so kind.

Second, we found out at yesterday’s appointment that the baby’s growth and development is still completely on track. The ultrasound was perfect and shows that everything is just fine. In fact, In fact, Baby Mac is already 4 lbs and in the 85th percentile for growth! Eep! Heart rate yesterday was 131. She also said that the baby was very active, which is good. I was thrilled to hear all of this, since the idea that this SUA could have caused issues was always in the back of my mind. What a relief to know that this pregnancy has progressed as any other normal pregnancy would. Dr. Holloway reiterated that there shouldn’t be any worry of the SUA causing any complications, as it hasn’t up until now. I don’t need to see her again.

Thanks you all for thinking of us and praying for the health of our little baby. <3 The extreme bonus from yesterday's appointment were these amazing 3D pictures we got to take home of Baby Bee. I can't believe the detail we got to see. Look at those little lips! photo 1

photo 2

My mom already thinks that Baby Mac looks like daddy. Big surprise. Apparently the MacKenzie genes are strong. I see a lot of freckles in my future.

I’m OK with that.

Frilly Baby: New Year’s Update

Happy New Year 2014!

What a busy few months these past few months have been. With so many doctor’s appointments to keep, and so many optional things to do to keep as comfortable as possible during this pregnancy, I’ve been busy.

Our first ultrasound for Baby Bee was on November 20th. What a surreal and amazing experience to see your baby for the first time. And in so much detail! You can see those tiny little facial features, and all of the tiny little structures. And you can watch the baby move! You can see your baby’s heart beating. Completely remarkable. Husband and I took the day off together to enjoy the experience.

Here is the picture we came home with of our beautiful baby:

Baby Bee 1

The following Monday, my doctor called me. Not her receptionist, but my doctor herself. When your doctor calls you, we all know that isn’t great news. She explained to me that they found an “anomaly” on my ultrasound, “a 2-vessel cord” she called it. She gave me a brief explanation of what this means, the complications that could arise, and some statistics. She said I would be scheduled very soon to see a specialist for a more detailed ultrasound. My doctor assured me that everything else in the ultrasound looked perfectly fine and normal and that this usually indicated that nothing at all would be wrong and that I shouldn’t worry.

Sure. I shouldn’t worry. Let the worrying begin.

I did some of my own research to find out exactly what this “2-vessel cord” diagnosis really meant. Technically a 2-vessel umbilical cord is called a Single Umbilical Artery, or SUA. Normally, when the umbilical cord develops, it forms three vessels: two arteries and one vein. However, in some cases, just one artery develops. The umbilical vein supplies the fetus with oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood from the placenta. Conversely, the fetal heart pumps deoxygenated, nutrient-depleted blood through the umbilical arteries back to the placenta. My umbilical cord has the vein and only one artery.

Unfortunately, I read that an SUA can lead to all kinds of fetal complications. I also read that an SUA can be completely inconsequential, and is often considered a normal deviation.

Pending nothing alarming showing up on the second, more detailed ultrasound, I would be considered to have what is referred to as an isolated SUA (isolated meaning that this is the only single issue that can be identified). My pregnancy would proceed as normal until I near the end of the pregnancy, when the baby would be monitored a bit more closely to ensure that intrauterine growth was on track. Specifically, the specialist would be looking for any anomalies in the kidneys, the heart, and the spine of the baby, as the umbilical cord develops at the same time as these other structures.

Long story short, we had a wonderful appointment with the specialist less than 2 weeks later (the longest 2 weeks of my life). The detailed ultrasound showed that all of the baby’s structures had developed as they should have and that things were progressing right on schedule. In fact, I was 2 days ahead of schedule in terms of development.

The bonus from that visit was a couple more pictures of our little Baby Bee. First a couple of tiny little feet:

baby feet

And then a tiny little right hand:

baby hand

What a relief. A huge HUGE relief. I see the same specialist again in February for a follow-up.

Other things that have happened in the past couple of months…

  • I’ve developed pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel syndrome. My hands tingle pretty much all the time. I have some generic braces, which have helped, but I’ll also be getting fitted with personalized braces soon.
  • I’ve started to feel the baby kick! This has only really started happening the past couple of weeks. Now I feel it all the time! Husband still can’t feel it, but I know it won’t be long until he does.
  • I got a wicked bad stomach bug and had to head up to the emergency room for a bag of saline to rehydrate me and a stress test for Baby Bee to make sure everything was fine. After my IV, I felt much better and Baby Bee could hardly tell anything had happened. Lucky Baby.

Other than that, things have been pretty quiet. We enjoyed a lovely Christmas with family, with lots of great food and belly laughs. I’ve been on vacation since December 21st and will continue to keep my feet up until I’m back to work on January 6th. Bliss.

Today I am 25 weeks plus a day pregnant. Baby Bee is about the size of a cauliflower, just over a foot long and weighing in at about a pound and a half. Baby’s hands are now fully developed, including nails and fingerprints. Baby’s skin is now nice and pink too.

In the coming weeks, expect more frequent updates, as things are starting to happen a bit more quickly now. Three more weeks and I’ll be in my third trimester!

Welcome 2014 – it will be a year to remember for our little family for sure!