Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Healthy Baby

Today we got the official results of our 20 week ultrasound and the doctor was kind enough to make us a copy. The BPD measurement measures the distance between the side bones of the baby's head. The HC measurement is his head circumference, AC is abdominal circumference and FL is femoral length. At the time of the scan, Case weighed half a pound. Now he is up to one pound and should gain another whole pound in the next 4 weeks! Currently, his head is down or vertex, but the doctor says that doesn't matter at this point because he still has lots of time to move around. A three vessel umbiblical cord was detected which is good. The four chambers of the heart were located and the ventricles in the brain were located. No major defects were noted. The doctor was pleased with the ultrasound results, my blood pressure today and Case's heart rate. Today his heart rate was 140 beats/minute. Case is laying right below my belly button but the top of the uterus is about an inch above my belly button and should move up about 1 1/2- 2 inches by our next visit in 4 weeks. I gained a pound and a half last month so I am up a whopping 7 ½ pounds. I should gain 5 pounds this coming month. We'll see.

The term "anterior placenta" refers to the location of the placenta within your uterus. Most of the time, a fertilized egg will situate itself in the posterior uterus — the part closest to your spine, which is where the placenta eventually develops, too. Sometimes, though, the egg implants on the opposite side of the uterus, closest to your abdomen. When the placenta develops, it grows on the front (or anterior) side of your uterus, with the baby behind it. Does the location of your placenta make any difference? Not to your baby, who doesn't care which side of the uterus he or she is lying on, and it certainly makes no difference to him or her where the placenta lies. And what about to you — or your practitioner? You might be less able to feel your baby's early kicks and punches because the placenta will serve as a cushion between your baby and your tummy. For the same reason, your doctor or midwife may find it a bit harder to hear fetal heart sounds (and it could make amniocentesis slightly more challenging). These situations will resolve if the placenta moves into a more posterior position later on (as anterior placentas commonly do). But the good news here is that, despite those slight inconveniencies, an anterior placenta in and of itself poses no risk to your health.

Keith modeling the baby carrier.


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