23 February 2011 (From Dexter's Mum's blog)
Things are progressing well with the pregnancy. I had the 20 week ultrasound yesterday and the Sonographer seemed to be impressed with how everything was coming along. It seems Snofrid is quiet content at the moment and likes to lie with its butt in the air and feet resting on my bladder! It has all of the appropriate bits in the appropriate places and blood flow and heart rate seem to be normal.
As we were leaving we were informed that I have a Single Umbilical Artery. I knew a little about it and wasn’t too concerned by this news, especially considering how positive everything else had been during the scan. All the Sonographer said was that I would need to have a 30 week scan as opposed to a 34 week scan, just to ensure that Snofrid was growing appropriately, as one of the biggest effects of SUA is a decreased birth weight.
In saying that, the sites indicated Sonographers will check for certain things during the 20 week scan, namely cleft lip, spina bifida and ventral wall defects. When I think back on the scan, I recall the Sonographer spending quite a bit of time checking the spine and giving the all clear. She got a couple of shots of ‘perfect’ lips (her words) and we all saw the 4 cavities of the heart functioning ‘normally’. She was very precise; almost pedantic during the scan, something I’m thankful for now.
I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a small part of me still concerned about what will happen. I just once again have my fingers crossed that everything will be ok and will probably look back on this blog when I’m holding a 10 pound new born, wondering what happened to my chances of delivering a smaller one!
For now I have to try not to worry.